Post Graduate Certificate of Education
If you already have a degree, consider a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). A PGCE course mainly focuses on developing your teaching skills, and not on the subject you intend to teach. For this reason, you are expected to have a good understanding of your chosen subject(s) – usually to degree level – before you start training.
Where can you do a PGCE?PGCE courses are available at universities and colleges throughout the UK. It may also be possible to study for a PGCE via flexible distance learning, or in a school by completing a programme of school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT).
How long does a PGCE take?Courses generally last for one year full-time or up to two years part-time.
Is there any funding available while I train?You may be eligible to receive funding while you train for your PGCE. Find out about funding for postgraduate teacher training in England or in Wales.
What qualifications do I need?You must have a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Find out if your qualifications are equivalent to UK qualifications through UK NARIC. If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you may improve your ability to gain a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) programme by following a subject knowledge enhancement course.
You also need a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics. If you want to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7-14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a science GCSE.
How do I apply for a PGCE?The majority of PGCE applications are made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). However, some ITT providers require that you approach them directly.
For secondary courses, you are able to apply to up to four different providers. For primary courses you may apply to two providers, in order of preference. If you are unsuccessful with your first choice, your application will be passed on to your second, and so on. Search for a PGCE course
When should I apply?Generally speaking, the GTTR accepts applications from mid-September to June for courses starting the following September or October.
However, be aware that courses in primary teaching, physical education (PE) and history are very popular and there is considerable competition for places. To guarantee that your first choice of course provider will consider you, you need to apply before the end of November in the year before you wish to train.
Does it cost to make an application?It costs £19 to apply through the GTTR for up to four courses starting in 2012. The GTTR website provides further information.
If you apply for a 2012 teacher training course in secondary maths, physics, chemistry or modern foreign languages (MFL) through the GTTR, the Teaching Agency will reimburse the £19 application fee. To receive the reimbursement you must have a valid Teaching Agency registration number when you complete yourGTTR application. If you don't have one yet, sign up with the Teaching Agency now. Please also read the fee-free application terms and conditions (PDF, 45KB) to check that you are eligible for the reimbursement.