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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Become a teaching professional

Key Facts

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School of Education

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
Sep '22

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Course Length:
1 Year

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Full-time: £9,250 per annum
International (Non EU): £12,500 per annum
(For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

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The UK government’s Department for Education has listed Gibraltar as a territory which it recognises as being eligible for direct application for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by holders of the Gibraltar Qualified Teacher Status (GQTS). This will mean that any person who successfully undertakes the PGCE at the University of Gibraltar and achieves GQTS can make a direct application for QTS - similar to nations from the EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and USA.

About this programme

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.
School of Education
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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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

The Resourceful Teacher

This year-long module has two aims.  First, it provides the framework for the development of the knowledge, skills,  values  and  dispositions  for  effective,  inclusive  teaching. Its  aim  is  for  students  to develop  an understanding  of  the  range  of  pedagogical  factors  that  influence  decisions  about  learning,  including  those related  to  diversity  of  learners,  concepts  in  child  development,  phases  of  learning  and  subjects,  and assessment practices. Second, it includes the practical school experience placements which form the context for developing practice and for assessing that practice.

The module draws on four themes which can be seen as lenses through which learning and teaching issues  can  be  considered.  As  such,  the  four  themes  are  delivered  in  parallel  and  based  upon  a  spiral curriculum paradigm (Bruner 1960/1977) so that students can deepen their understanding of key ideas as they blend learning from University seminars with practical learning from placements.

The four lenses are:

  • Knowledge and Understanding for Teaching
  • Constructing Learning
  • Supporting, Motivating and Managing Learners
  • Professional Practice

The Reflective and Reflexive Professional

This first semester module aims  to introduce  students  to  the  notions  of  reflection  and  reflexivity  which  are  essential  to enable  developments,  improvements  and  enhancements  in  professional  practice.  The  study  of  theoretical models  of  reflection and  reflexivity  provides  students  with a  range of  tools  with which to  engage  in  critical thinking and contemplation concerning professionalism in teaching. Students are supported to contextualise issues and to recognise factors that influence their feelings and opinions when faced with practice tensions and/or ethical dilemmas. In addition, the module aims to equip students to effectively approach and manage the complexities of professional practice in order to make informed judgements and decisions.

The Reciprocity of Professionalism

This module runs during semester two and it aims to  investigate  the many  different  forms  of  partnership  that  exist  for  teachers,  and  the children  and  families  with  whom  they  work.  Students  study  the  notions  of  partnerships  and  relationships; exploring the intra and inter professional boundaries of professional practice. They examine the dynamics of cooperative   and   collaborative   relationships;   critically   analysing   different   communication   styles   and techniques.   They  critically  examine  the  role  of  emotions  inhabiting  professional  practice  and  how this  affects  ongoing  behaviours,  relationships  and  partnerships.  Students  study  theories  of  educational leadership and management and the interface with ongoing partnerships and/or relationships when there are changes in practice.

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.

Meet the student

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.”

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.”

Elsa Baldacchino

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

“Great level of support and studying at home allows me to spend more time with my family.”
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Pradeep Karnani

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

“Definitely recommend anyone wanting to apply to the University of Gibraltar! A great university with a friendly atmosphere, great tutors and staff support.”
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Demi Green

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

“I’ve found the style of teaching is very engaging and modern. Lecturers are extremely supportive and really go out of their way to assist you in anything you need.”
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Entry Requirements

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 or predicted grades, 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 18th March 2022 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:

Wednesday 19th January 2022      09:30 – 12:30
Tuesday 8th February 2022      09:30 – 12:30
Thursday 10th March 2022      09:30 – 12:30

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.

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Covid-19 vaccine: Staff and Students

Gibraltar was the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population from Covid-19. As part of the nationwide vaccination programme, all University of Gibraltar teaching staff and students – including non-residents and international students – were offered a Covid 19 vaccine.

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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.

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Home £9,250
International (Non-EU) £12,500(For 2022, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2022/23 and are subject to indexation.


The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. Scholarships are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

Am I eligible?

If you have been resident in Gibraltar for more than five years then, once you receive your offer letter from the University of Gibraltar, you can apply to the Department of Education for funding.


Applications close Friday 18th March 2022.



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