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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Become a teaching professional

  • Education
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • Start Sept 21
  • Placement

About this course

Aimed at those who wish to join the teaching profession, the PGCE is an intensive full-time, one-year programme that enables students to gain an academic award at level 7. Throughout the bespoke programme, students will build evidence of professional practice mapped against the Teachers’ Standards
The course has been designed and delivered in partnership with the Department of Education in Gibraltar and seeks to provide students with the opportunity to become effective teachers in the education profession.

Successful completion of the programme provides students the opportunity to:

  • become specialised in effective pedagogy and practice in the field of education;
  • become research-informed teachers who are able to critically engage with theory, research and literature in order to identify and evaluate concepts and ideas relevant to professional practice;
  • become reflective teachers who understand practice in terms of research and policy and can develop capacity to improve their teaching and the learning experiences of children;
  • develop the language and communication skills necessary to provide inclusive teaching and learning environments;
  • demonstrate the competencies, knowledge and understanding relevant to the Teachers’ Standards, supporting progression towards professional registration in the teaching profession.
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Face to face teaching

We are committed to providing an excellent learning experience that is personal and participative. That’s why we have decided to continue the face-to-face delivery of our programmes this September.

COVID-19 Measures

Course Structure and Indicative Schedule

Module Credits Semester
The Resourceful Teacher 30 Semester 1 & 2
The Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner 15 Semester 1
The Reciprocity of Professionalism 15 Semester 2

Meet the students

  • Louise Anne Baitson

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

    “First hand teaching experience in schools, gave me the opportunity to develop my professional practice along with meeting wonderful mentors, teachers and students.”
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  • Bethan Perera

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

    “The PGCE has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge and an opportunity to develop and enhance my skills in a practical and supportive environment. With this thorough preparation, I have been able to take up a position as an NQT in England.”
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Entry Profile

Typically, all applicants will have:

  • ​​Possess minimum of a 2.1 honours degree awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants holding a 2.2 degree may be considered if they also hold significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience in the desired field.
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and presentations. Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet are expected.
  • An honours degree relevant to their subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to the subject specialism) with a minimum of a 2.1 pass for applicants wishing to teach at secondary level.
  • GCSE grade 4 and above (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in Mathematics, English and one Science subject (preferably double science).
  • Prior classroom experience is not a requirement of application nor will it be a condition of an offer for applicants that are successful at interview. However, evidence of school-based experience is desirable, so applicants are encouraged to arrange spending some time in the classroom. Other areas of relevant experience may also support an application (e.g. coaching, playgroups, voluntary work overseas). Please note students with suitable work experience in a related field will be given preference during the application process.

Additional course specific requirements:

  • have passed the Professional Skills Tests (Literacy and Numeracy);
  • complete a Vetting Check. For further information on how to obtain this from the Royal Gibraltar Police, please email;
  • complete relevant checks to ensure they have the health and physical capacity to teach.

English language requirements:

An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Professional Skills Test

Applicants will be required to have passed the Professional Skills Test exams by the 19th March 2021 to be eligible for a place on this programme.  All offers of a place on this programme will be conditional on applicants having successfully passed these exams by said date.

The Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests are offered by the University of Gibraltar at its Europa Point Campus.
There will be 3 sittings for these tests:

Thursday 28th January 2021*      09:30 – 12:30
Tuesday 23rd February 2021*      09:30 – 12:30
Wednesday 17th March 2021*      09:30 – 12:30

*In the current COVID-19 circumstances, the dates above are subject to change in order that the University acts in accordance with HMGoG’s guidelines regarding the pandemic.

Any candidates who register for any of the sittings will be advised of any changes to dates in advance should it be necessary to postpone any of the above.

Candidates will be able to sit the examinations on any of these days as long as they register to do so.

Registering for the Skills Tests can be done by emailing

Candidates may sit the examinations more than once.

There will be an administrative fee of £15.00 for each examination, payable on the day of the examination at  the University.

These will be the only dates that the Skills Tests will be on offer. As any candidate wishing to have their application considered must have passed both the numeracy and literacy examinations (they form part of the minimum entry requirements for this programme) it is incumbent on applicants to ensure they book themselves in to sit the examinations.


Home £9,250
International (Non-EU) £12,500

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2020/21 and are subject to indexation


Applications are now open and close on Friday 19th February.

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