PGCE Primary Education

Course details

  • Year of entry 2023
  • Duration 1 YR (FT)
  • Location Wrexham
Primary education students

Course Highlights


Gain Qualified Teacher Status as part of the programme.


in North East Wales as part of this franchise course from St Mary's University, Twickenham. 


knowledge and understanding of national curricula from both Wales and England.


Why choose this course?

St Mary's University, Twickenham has been recognised as one of the highest quality providers of training for primary school teachers in the country, and their Initial education courses have been judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’. St Mary’s have franchised this successful programme to enable students to study at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on completion of the programme.
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a long history of initial teacher training, and has close connections to many leading primary schools in the Wrexham area on the border between Wales and England. A significant amount of the programmes will be in school, where you progress from teaching small groups to whole classes.
  • Your school experience will be with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Placements are organised by our Placement Learning Unit to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support.
  • You will be supported by a passionate and caring team of experienced tutors, who strive for excellence in the theory and practice of teaching. By studying with us, you will also have access to fantastic resources and support systems which will be available to you throughout your PGCE.


Key course features

  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on completion of the programme.
  • Our primary initial teacher education courses are judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.
  • Students will be taught in lectures by experienced, expert practitioners in the field of education.
  • There are many educational enrichment opportunities available for students to get involved with e.g. the certification of SAK4A (Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All).
  • Students will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their studies, allowing them to spend time in a particular educational setting of their choice and explore their own particular interests.
  • Please be advised that the start date for the Primary PGCE is 31st August 2023 (TBC).

What you will study


  • From Values to Vocation (Level 7) seeks to develop trainees as confident, emergent teachers who are aware of the positive contribution they can make to their vocational career. It aims to develop these same traits in their professional practice, and in doing so enables them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens in their own classrooms.

  • The Emergent Teacher as Reflective Practitioner (Level 7) aims to develop trainees as critical practitioners who can reflect upon their classroom practice with direct reference to their school experiences, as they progress towards QTS.

  • Professional Studies unites university work with time spent in school, developing links between theory and practice. The module focuses on the ways children develop and learn effectively. It considers the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, key learning theories and ideas from some of the major educational thinkers. You will explore the cycle of planning, teaching and evaluating, and the importance of creating a stimulating and safe learning environment for the children in your care.

Other modules include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Welsh as a Second Language
  • Art
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Religious Education

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.



Entry requirements & applying

Applicants will need a Grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science to be considered for the course (equivalency tests are also acceptable and available).

They should also have an undergraduate degree with a minimum classification of 2:2.

You will also need a satisfactory DBS and a good level of physical and mental fitness to teach.

Please be advised that the start date for the Primary PGCE is 31st August 2023.


Teaching & Assessment

Students will get to teach and learn alongside creative, reflective and dynamic practitioners who are passionate about teaching children. The programme encourages you to increase your understanding of teaching and learning processes in order to develop and maintain the high levels of enthusiasm, ability and passion necessary within the teaching profession.

Teaching will take place in interactive sessions. Tutors model good practice in the use of ICT and use lectures, seminars and group activities to stimulate and give you the confidence to be professional teachers.

Assessments are used to ensure that you understand and can apply the knowledge you have gained whilst on the course - both in schools and on campus. This is done through a range of methods:

  • Self-assessment
  • Audit of Subject Knowledge for Maths, English and Science
  • Presentations
  • Micro-teaching
  • Posters
  • Essays
  • Practical Sessions

Assessment is ongoing and tracked against the Teachers Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are required from all course participants. Assessment will be ongoing while students are on school placements.

Teaching & Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.


Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Graduates are very successful in securing teaching appointments at the end of their studies. Many take up employment in one of our partnership schools and go on to inspire and mentor other students.


Fees & funding

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for PGCE Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education are £9,250.


Programme specification