Online degree

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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.

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.

Which degree is right for you?

PGCE (for Independent Schools)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a teacher training course that sits alongside the National Teachers’ Standards in England. It is designed specifically for trainee teachers employed in independent schools in the UK.
Duration
Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
3 Jan 2022 (apply by 7 Jan 2022)
Language
English

What do I need to apply?

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.

What are the learning outcomes?

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

PGCE (for International Schools)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a teacher training course that sits alongside the National Teachers’ Standards in England. It is designed specifically for trainee teachers employed in international schools.
Duration
Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
3 Jan 2022 (apply by 7 Jan 2022)
Language
English

What do I need to apply?

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.

What are the learning outcomes?

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

PGCE with QTS (Salaried)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status* (PGCE with QTS) is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course. Upon successful completion trainees can teach in state-maintained schools in England and also in independent schools.
Duration
Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
3 Jan 2022 (apply by 7 Jan 2022)
Language
English

What do I need to apply?

Prior experience of teaching in schools is not a prerequisite for this course.

To gain entry to the course, you must:

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 3-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required
  • Hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent as assessed by NARIC
  • Have taken part in a rigorous selection process to assess your suitability to train to teach, and undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including enhanced DBS check

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

How much will it cost?

12 April 2021 - £6,500

06 September 2021 - £6,500

03 January 2022 - £6,500

* This course is accredited by the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status for the April 2021, September 2021, January 2022 and April 2022 intakes. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates the accreditation will continue, if the course would no longer be accredited we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

** Hotel accommodation and sustenance at the face-to-face sessions are organised by the university and included in the course fee

What are the learning outcomes?

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

PGCE with QTS (School Direct Salaried)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status* (PGCE with QTS) is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course. Upon successful completion trainees can teach in state-maintained schools in England and also in independent schools.
Duration
Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
3 Jan 2022 (apply by 7 Jan 2022)
Language
English

What do I need to apply?

Prior experience of teaching in schools is not a prerequisite for this course.

To gain entry to the course, you must:

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 3-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required
  • Hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent as assessed by NARIC
  • Have taken part in a rigorous selection process to assess your suitability to train to teach, and undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including enhanced DBS check

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

How much will it cost?

The cost for this route is variable in line with the School Direct Partnership. Our admissions team can share further details.

* This course is accredited by the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status for the April 2021, September 2021, January 2022 and April 2022 intakes. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates the accreditation will continue, if the course would no longer be accredited we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What are the learning outcomes?

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

PGCE with QTS (Tuition-fee funded)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status* (PGCE with QTS) is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course. Upon successful completion trainees can teach in state-maintained schools in England and also in independent schools.
Duration
Full-time – 1 year; Part-time – 2 years
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
3 Jan 2022 (apply by 7 Jan 2022)
Language
English

What do I need to apply?

Prior experience of teaching in schools is not a prerequisite for this course.

To gain entry to the course, you must:

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 3-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required
  • Hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent as assessed by NARIC
  • Have taken part in a rigorous selection process to assess your suitability to train to teach, and undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including enhanced DBS check

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

How much will it cost?

12 April 2021 - £7,500

06 September 2021 - £7,500

03 January 2022 - £7,500

* This course is accredited by the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status for the April 2021, September 2021, January 2022 and April 2022 intakes. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates the accreditation will continue, if the course would no longer be accredited we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

** Hotel accommodation and sustenance at the face-to-face sessions are organised by the university and included in the course fee

Postgraduate UK/EU students

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, we may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit; this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

Postgraduate international students

The tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Please see our Tuition Terms and Conditions.

What are the learning outcomes?

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

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