The PGCE course

The Department of Education welcomes a diverse range of graduate trainees onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. Working in partnership with a number of local schools, we have developed a strong PGCE course in which school teachers and university tutors share the responsibility for teacher training.

Trainees spend two thirds of the course in schools and have experience in at least three schools.

Course Structures and term dates 2018-19

Core PGCE Structure 2018-9 (MS Word , 45kb)

Pathfinder PGCE Structure 2018-9 (MS Word , 65kb)

YTSA PGCE Structure 2018-19 (MS Word , 52kb)

The course structures for 2019-20 will be published during the 2018-19 academic year. Please contact with any queries regarding term dates.

Course aims

The primary aim of the course is to enable trainees to meet the Teachers  Standards and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) . The course also aims to encourage trainees to examine, in a critical but constructive way, the current educational system and practice.

The intention is that trainees should become skilled members of the teaching profession, able to make a full contribution to educational debate and innovations of the future.

The programme is assessed at Masters (M) level.

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