Primary PGCE programmes

We work in partnership with around 300 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.

Choose from three courses

IOE Lead Partner Direct

We also offer our Primary PGCE programmes through the IOE Lead Partner Direct route. 

The Primary PGCE Approach

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

At the IOE, we help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning.

We prepare our student teachers to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects, ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.

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How to apply

Read the following application process guidelines carefully if you are considering applying to study one of our teacher training programmes.

Entry requirements

Read details on UCL’s minimum entrance requirements for teacher training programmes. These entry requirements apply to all our Teacher Training PGCE programmes.

Learn to teach with the best

The IOE has been ranked 1st in the world for education for eight years running. We have achieved the highest possible Ofsted rating for Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory education.

  • 500 partner schools across London.
  • 25% of UK education research takes place at the IOE.
  • 97% of PGCE students in full-time work were employed in teaching roles within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from HE, 2016-17).
  • 8000 students from all over the world.
  • 600 academics commited to improving lives through education.

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Prospective student enquiries

Initial Teacher Education

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