Our Initial Teacher Training Programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for all trainees. This means that you will be qualified to teach in England. If you are interested, we also offer an optional PGCE uplift in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. This post graduate course provides trainees with the option of further academic study giving you a recognised international teaching qualification. The PGCE is available for both secondary and primary trainees.
Why do the PGCE?
The PGCE is an internationally recognised qualification which allows you to teach anywhere in the world. Studying the PGCE, will further enhance your teaching by building a critical understanding of educational theory and research. The PGCE programme provides a focused development on subject knowledge, reflective practise and professional development. A PGCE also credits 60 points towards a Masters-level award.
How much does a PGCE cost?
Salaried trainees: £2,000 - Salaried trainees are not eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the PGCE.
Fee funded students is £1,250 - Fee Funded trainees can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the course or opt to pay for the course out of private finance.
How does the PGCE programme work?
The teaching is delivered alongside the QTS programme, and the PGCE study days are scheduled into the training calendar; you will not need to attend lectures outside of school hours or at the weekends. The PGCE comprises both Level 6 (Degree) and Level 7 (Masters) modules.
How does the assessment work?
You do not take an exam but are set regular assignments throughout the training year that are marked and count towards your final result.
How do I apply for a PGCE?
The entry requirements are a minimum 2.2 Honours degree. We will ask you towards the end of the current summer term if you would like to enrol for a PGCE. We will process the enrolments with St Mary’s University and advise you of the steps that you need to take.
The PGCE element of our course is not compulsory, and trainees can opt to do a QTS only route if preferred.