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PGCE/QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

With a highly experienced community of academics, strong partnerships with local schools, and incredible facilities and resources, the nationally renowned Institute of Education is the place to gain your teaching qualification.

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is the qualification required by those who wish to teach in state schools in England and Wales, and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) is an additional academic qualification which includes QTS.

The PGCE is one of the most popular routes into teaching, and is ideal for both graduates and for those considering a career change. We offer PGCEs focusing on a wide range of specialist subjects.  The one-year course blends academic and practical learning through a combination of school placements and University-based sessions.

We offer PGCE qualifications in early years, primary and secondary teaching; you will need to specialise in a certain age group and/or subject areas. As well as considering your preferred age range and, where appropriate, subject area you will need to decide whether you would like to complete a university-led PGCE or a school-led qualification. 
 

 University-led or school-led teaching qualification?

Both programmes are taught in an integrated model and provide you with extensive school-based experience but they're delivered differently.

University-led teaching qualifications

  • You will gain a substantial amount of school-based experience.
  • Trainees apply directly to a university through UCAS.You will have placements in at least two schools.
  • All our PGCE courses have QTS as an outcome.
  • You will study for one year.
  • Fees are payable. For more information, please refer to our fees and funding pages.

School Direct - school-led teaching qualifications

  • You will gain a substantial amount of school-based experience.
  • Trainees apply directly to a school through UCAS.
  • You will have one lead school, although you will spend time in a second school.
  • All school-led courses lead to QTS and some include a PGCE.
  • You will train for one year.
  • There are two separate School Direct training programmes and each have associated pathways within them:
      1. Tuition Fee: School Direct Programme
        Employment-based route available to graduates.
        You will be required to pay tuition fees.
        You may be eligible for a bursary to support you while you train.
      2. Salaried: School Direct Programme
        Employment-based route available to graduates with at least three years' work experience.
        The school will pay the tuition fees.
        You will receive a salary - at the school's discretion.
        There are a limited number of salaried places.

      University-led PGCEs

      To complete a PGCE you will need to decide which age group you would like to specialise in.  At the Institute of Education, we offer PGCE qualifications in early years, primary and secondary teaching: 

      • PGCE Early Years courses

      We offer two early years options for those wanting to train/qualify to work with babies and young children.

      • PGCE primary courses

      We offer a range of PGCE primary courses with different pathways and subject specialisms.

  • PGCE Secondary courses

    • We offer training in a wide range of curriculum subjects, covering the 11-18 age range.

      School-led teaching qualifications

      Want to gain a teaching qualification to teach at primary- or secondary-level through School Direct?

  • Primary School Direct courses

  • Secondary School Direct courses

QTS without a PGCE?

If you would like to gain QTS but do not want complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification, we offer BA Education with specialisms in Art, English, Maths and Music. 

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