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Study a PGCE and earn Qualified Teacher Status

Learn outside the classroom

Forest School practitioner led

Our education courses aim to set you up for a variety of different futures.  

Our education courses aim to set you up for a variety of different futures. Our education undergraduate degrees will put you in the strongest position to start many child support related careers, or to study a postgraduate PGCE and become a qualified teacher. Whereas with our BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course, you’ll graduate as a fully qualified teacher, ready to step into the world of work. 

All our courses will give you access to a variety of work placements. Here you'll learn how to make a valuable education team contribution. You'll also cover areas like safeguarding which will help qualify you to work in child protection. You'll learn from professionals with direct experience. You'll also hear specialist guest speakers discuss different roles in employment. You'll learn through interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, group work and study placements.

We have a selection of PGCE courses available at a postgraduate level, which are amongst our most popular courses at the University. These courses prepare you to teach at your chosen level, and involve a mix of university input and school experience, with a close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership with the schools we work with. What's more, you’ll leave as a qualified and practised teacher, ready to walk into a new career in teaching. We also offer subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and PGCE-based Schools Direct courses.

Studying Education - The Highlights

Studying Education - The Highlights


Our students discuss their favourite parts of our Education degrees.



Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Optional pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Education (Top-up) BA (Hons)

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Education Studies BA (Hons)

Optional pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Taught courses

Education Doctor of Education

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Education MA

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Teacher training

Primary (General) PGCE

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Primary with PE Specialism PGCE

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Secondary Art and Design PGCE

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Secondary Biology PGCE

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Secondary Computer Science PGCE

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Secondary English PGCE

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Secondary Geography PGCE

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Secondary Mathematics PGCE

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Secondary Physical Education PGCE

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Research courses

Our research creates impact in the arenas of Health, Wellbeing and Education through work with communities of practice such as nursing, midwifery, social work, the allied health professions and teaching.


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You will have the opportunity to train within a variety of schools based across the region, including Stoke, Crewe, Congleton, Stafford and Tamworth. Placements will aim to be arranged to minimise travel as much as possible

School Setting

You will be placed within a range of different schools, working across the primary age range. You will have the opportunity to work within diverse contexts, within a variety of classrooms with experienced school-based mentors and university tutors.

Work experience and careers

Work experience

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

Our network of schools will support you in getting excellent core initial teacher training. Our PGCE awards are also designed to house our trainees in placements every week, ensuring you'll form supportive bonds with peers and course leaders.

Work experience opportunities:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Early years settings
  • NGOs
  • Private training organisations
  • Local Councils
  • Armed Forces
  • Prison Service
  • Local Authorities
Education Degrees: Learning Outside The Classroom

Education Degrees: Learning Outside The Classroom


Our Education degrees involve much more than just sitting in a classroom as lecturer Alyson explains.


Our education and childhood degrees offer access to a wide variety of career and academic options.

You'll gain the insight and experiences to take to your future career, including visits to specialist centres and organisations, child-based learning and external trips to build team and leadership skills.

After graduating our undergraduate course, you may progress to work within family and children centres, care support, educational administration and management, play work or learning support. Alternatively, you may enter teaching through PGCE, Schools Direct and Schools Direct Salaried routes.

At postgraduate level, our diverse portfolio of PGCE courses is the next step for the teachers of the future, and will specifically train you in your chosen field and teaching level.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses can equip you for roles in:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Academies
  • Museums
  • Youth Services
  • Social Services
  • Armed Forces
  • Children Centres
  • Art Galleries
  • Young Offender Support
  • Care Support
  • Training Organisations

Our students

I enjoyed the creative element of my course. We learnt about forest schools and local parks.

I chose to go into Education because I’ve always enjoyed working with children and working in the different settings that entails. The placement was definitely a highlight. I got to go into different settings from nurseries right way through higher education. The university supported me on that journey to get onto that placement.

I also enjoyed the creative element of my course. We learnt about forest schools and local parks, and we did a full activity day in the nature reserve where we did a range of activities such as building rafts with an expert. 

Imogen Belicki

BA (Hons) Education Studies

The PGCE team are friendly, supportive, and at the forefront of educational research.

I would encourage anyone considering studying the PGCE in Secondary Biology to apply! The PGCE team are friendly, supportive, and at the forefront of educational research. The PGCE is a hard course but the PGCE has been developed to have our wellbeing at the heart to ensure we can be the most effective practitioners.  

I have specifically enjoyed the placement school. I have been supported highly by the staff at the school and from the PGCE team. The placement I was matched with was in the local area. My school placement has been very supportive at all times. They have been excellent at providing on-going training that complements the taught material at university. 

Billy Goldstraw

Secondary Biology PGCE

I have really enjoyed the course so far and feel well supported by the course tutors.

I have really enjoyed the course so far and feel well supported by the course tutors and Staffordshire University as a whole. The University holds student well-being, as well as academic success in high regard and there is a real sense of working in partnership to achieve.

Being placed at the same school for the academic year enables students to really become part of the school community and it is very rewarding to see the children grow and share their progress and achievements throughout the year. Over several weeks, the block placements provide a realistic school life experience and the weekly sessions in school bring the university pedagogical theory sessions to life.

Anita Smith

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

People know they have a quality student

I completed three work placements a year at local schools and taught a range of pupils across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The staff at the schools always made sure they were available and taught me how to be a professional. If you say you're from Staffordshire University when on placement, people know they have a quality student.

Toni Wedgewood

Education Student

The tutor was absolutely fantastic

The tutor was absolutely fantastic and supportive – and I think what worked really well is me studying around full-time work. I had a Tuesday evening study so it worked really nicely around my Teaching Assistant role that I was doing at the time. 

It was difficult, but the support that I had off our lecturer was fantastic. They’d worked in education for a number of years so they understood how it worked.  

Marcel Phillips

BA (Hons) Education Studies

The support has been really good

The lecturers were always on hand to email you and all of the support has been really good. 

I worked as well as uni so I did uni part-time and then I worked in a school as well alongside it. It worked really well because all of the assignments related to my workplace so it was based on the job that I had. I started off actually volunteering at a school because that’s what I had to have for the degree then about six months in, they offered me a job so the course actually helped me to get a job as well and I’m still there now.  

Sophie Hancock

BA (Hons) Education Top Up

Our staff

Fiona Hall

Senior Lecturer

Fiona's expertise covers Special Education Needs (SEND), the history of education, behaviour management, safeguarding, and the deployment and practice of support staff in schools. She teaches the module on Safeguarding.

Fiona's profile

Dr Jim Pugh

Director - Inst. Of Ed. - Assoc Prof.

Jim Pugh is Head of Education here at Staffordshire University. He's worked in education for his entire career, from inspiring young learners as a primary school teacher to leading the development of education students and academics at Staffords…

Jim's profile

Kate Dale

Senior Lecturer

I'm currently involved in all aspects of teaching on the Secondary PGCE.

Kate's profile

Amanda Tayler


Amanda's research interests are focussed on children's speech language and communication difficulties and the remediation of these difficulties.

Amanda's profile

Rebecca House


Katie Leonard


I'm a Lecturer in Education and Course Leader for the PGCE Art and Design.

Katie's profile

Alyson Jolley


Alyson has worked in FE and teacher and staff education for over years as a course and programme leader. She joined Staffordshire University in 2017. Alyson's research interests are transitions at years as a course and programme leader. She join…

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