The Post Graduate Certificate in Education/Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGCE/PGDE)

What is a PGCE/PGDE?

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 teaching Mandarin Chinese, usually to degree level before you start training.

How long does a PGCE/PGDE take?

Courses generally last for one year full-time or up to two years part-time.

Where can you do a PGCE/PGDE?

PGCE courses are available at the following universities and colleges throughout the UK:

PGDE in Scotland:

What qualifications do you 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 ITT programme by following a subject knowledge enhancement course. You also need a standard equivalent to at least a grade C in GCSE English language 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 GCSE science subject.

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 postraduate teacher training

How do you apply for a PGCE?

The majority of PGCE applications are made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). When should you 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, 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.