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 and 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 independent schools in the UK or schools abroad.
Duration
1 year
Price
£4,000 GBP (total tuition fee)
£1,000 GBP (price per program)
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
4 Jan 2021 (apply by 8 Jan 2021)
12 Apr 2021 (apply by 16 Apr 2021)
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.

*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

Programs on this degree

ProgramDate
Behaviour and Classroom Management
Practical Teaching Practice
Curriculum Delivery and Assessment
Development of the Teachers’ Standards

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
1 year
Price
£6,500 GBP (total tuition fee)
£1,625 GBP (price per program)
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
4 Jan 2021 (apply by 8 Jan 2021)
12 Apr 2021 (apply by 16 Apr 2021)
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.

* This course is accredited by QTS for the September 2020, January 2021 and May 2021 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

Programs on this degree

ProgramDate
Behaviour and Classroom Management
Practical Teaching Practice
Curriculum Delivery and Assessment
Development of the Teachers’ Standards

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
1 year
Price
£6,500 GBP (total tuition fee)
£1,625 GBP (price per program)
Overview
4 programs
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.

* This course is accredited by QTS for the September 2020, January 2021 and May 2021 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

Programs on this degree

ProgramDate
Behaviour and Classroom Management
Practical Teaching Practice
Curriculum Delivery and Assessment
Development of the Teachers’ Standards

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
1 year
Price
£7,500 GBP (total tuition fee)
£1,875 GBP (price per program)
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
4 Jan 2021 (apply by 8 Jan 2021)
12 Apr 2021 (apply by 16 Apr 2021)
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.

* This course is accredited by QTS for the September 2020, January 2021 and May 2021 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

Programs on this degree

ProgramDate
Behaviour and Classroom Management
Practical Teaching Practice
Curriculum Delivery and Assessment
Development of the Teachers’ Standards

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