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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE): PGCE (for Independent Schools)

Explore the fundamentals of great teaching, with opportunity to develop your own best practice on the job. Receive ongoing support from skilled school-based mentors and experienced online tutors. There are both primary and secondary study routes.

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  • Duration

    Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years
  • Format

    Fully Online
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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE): PGCE (for Independent Schools)

  • PGCE (Postgraduate)

  • Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years

  • Fully Online

  • Total tuition fee


    Gain formal teacher training whilst in employment in a school

    The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) provides the opportunity to develop your craft in the classroom.

    On this school-based teacher training course, you can enjoy the flexibility of online learning alongside practical in-school experience, as you study and train while working in a school.

    You’ll be encouraged to apply a variety of teaching theories and methods to help develop your own teaching approach.

    You’ll have the opportunity to build confidence and harness your ability to transfer knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to your pupils.

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    Prior experience in teaching in schools is not a pre-requisite of acceptance for this course.

    Trainees may include recent graduates who have secured a teaching or teaching assistant job in a school, career changers, and teachers or assistants who have worked in a school but have no formal teaching qualification.

    To gain entry to the course, you must:

    • Hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent as assessed by NARIC
    • Be employed in a school for the duration of study

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall.

    ##How much will it cost?

    12 April 2021 - £4,000

    06 September 2021 - £4,000

    03 January 2022 - £4,000

    *Please note in relation to the fee above: For trainees employed in schools outside the British Isles, all travel, accommodation and reasonable sustenance costs for two tutor visits to the trainee are in addition to the course fee.

    On successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

    • Teach effectively and skilfully so that all pupils in your lessons progress and learn well

    • Develop a reflective and self-critical approach to analyse and foster skills in teaching that promote your self-efficacy and confidence

    • Critically evaluate pedagogy to adopt relevant strategies and teaching methods that promote high-quality behaviour and learning within your individual context

    • Adapt to new environments according to the needs of children

    • Critically reflect on what impacts pupil learning, and exercise independent judgement, using evidence from your own teaching as well as relevant educational research, to inform and improve your own teaching

    • Analyse your own teaching, and research both teaching theory and practice to identify opportunities for future development, and put improvements into practice

    • Develop critical self-awareness from mentoring and respond positively to feedback to develop greater resilience that will help you to enjoy longevity in a teaching career

    • Demonstrate that you understand the relationship between theory and your own practice, and meet the minimum level when assessed against the Teachers’ Standards

    • Synthesise and critically evaluate pedagogical theory and literature in support of an argument and present evidence of effectiveness in relation to your own teaching

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE): PGCE (for Independent Schools)

  • PGCE (Postgraduate)

  • Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years

  • Fully Online

  • Total tuition fee


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    What you’ll get as a degree student

  • Learn when you want by watching videos, reading articles, doing tests, and completing assignments online

  • Join online discussions and collaborate with your peers in a virtual study group

  • Enjoy discussions with feedback from expert educators

  • Get full access to the university library, online resources and support

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    Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.