Institute of Education


Primary PGCE programmes

UCL's Primary teacher training programmes are for those wishing to teach in the 5–11 age range.

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The IOE really is a fantastic place to train as the programme leads are continually adapting the delivery of the programme to best meet the needs of the trainees and produce well-informed, competent and happy teachers who can make a difference.” 

Olivia – Primary PGCE

We work in partnership with around 175 primary schools to fully prepare Primary PGCE students for a career as a primary teacher.

Our students benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the IOE. The teachers serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy. Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects. They will also select one subject for specialist study.


The Primary PGCE Approach

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Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory. 

We help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.

Hear from our students

Taught by the best

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Joe and Harry's PGCE experience

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From Belfast to London

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Sophie: That lightbulb moment

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Your next steps

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Stay in touch

Register interest in your chosen subjects and be the first to know about our open days, events and more.

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Attend an open day

Meet with programme teams and admissions staff, attend talks and presentations and chat with current students and newly qualified teachers.

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Teacher training at the IOE

Find out about our Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes and discover the answers to frequently asked questions.