Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Become a teaching professional

  • Education
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • Start Sept '19
  • 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.

Course Structure and Indicative Schedule

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

Entry Profile

A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree from a UK institution or an international equivalent. Applicants holding a 2.2 degree may be considered if they also hold significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience in the desired field. In the case of secondary teaching, the applicant must have an honours degree relevant to their subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to the subject specialism).

All applicants must have a 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.

Recognition of Prior Learning/Experience

Students who can provide evidence of having attended similar programmes, obtained equivalent awards and/or extensive specialist experience, may be granted exemption from particular programme modules.

Non-standard Entry Requirements

Alternate entry into the PGCE may be achieved through suitably documented extensive work experience relevant to the programme (e.g. educational work for NGOs, training agencies). Such applicants may be required to submit a discursive account of why this experience is relevant.

International students must demonstrate a good standard of written and spoken English and have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (and no less than 5.5 in any section). Appropriate English language competence must be evidenced in the form of certificated learning.

Other Requirements

Candidates must also:

  • have passed the Professional Skills Tests by the start of the course;
  • complete an Enhanced Vetting Check (EVC);
  • complete relevant checks to ensure they have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have a qualification other than the ones outlined above, please check with us before making an application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.


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PGCE £9,250

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2019/20.

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