Secondary PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status

Entry requirements: Please see the entry requirements tab below 
Full or Part-time: Full-time
School: School of Education

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Course outline

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS is the accreditation that enables teachers to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

This course is available to teachers who are currently employed in maintained or independent schools in England, or those who have a training placement under the School Direct Scheme, but do not yet hold a teaching qualification. You will be expected to undertake a teaching placement in a second school which must be a non-selective state maintained school. The duration of this teaching placement is determined upon interview and is usually for three weeks.

Course content

The PGCE is a 37 week school-based course during which time you will work under the guidance of a mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review your progress and to set targets. There are three residentials (nine days overall) to attend and these are supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will be assigned a University tutor who will visit once per term to assess your progress and guide your development. You will be assessed against the Standards by both your mentor and your tutor and there are three assignments to complete.

For teachers undertaking their first year of teaching we highly recommend your participation in our Ab Initio course in late August as an addition to the PGCE. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching.

Entry requirements

You must be employed as a teacher in a secondary independent or state-maintained school and be teaching your subject for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable across two consecutive key stages.

You will be expected to have the following qualifications:

  • A degree from a UK University or equivalent.
  • GCSE in English Language, Maths at grade C or above or equivalent.

In addition you must:

  • Pass Skills Tests prior to interview.
  • Provide a reference from your headteacher supporting your application to undertake a PGCE.
  • Obtain the commitment from your school to release you for the second school placement and to provide a suitable mentor.
  • Provide a satisfactory criminal records check and show the physical and mental fitness to teach.

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button in the silver box (above) or contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email education@buckingham.ac.uk.

Application deadline 1 July 2017.

Terms and conditions for prospective students

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Quality teaching

We offer high quality teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

Teaching methods

The course consists of an individualised programme of school-based training, combined with termly three-day residential meetings at Buckingham where trainees will encounter lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion groups led by experts in their field. The course encourages reflective practice, focusing on the subjects being taught, the craft of the classroom and the underpinning educational values of the teacher.

Trainees are also supported by the Education Moodle, a virtual learning environment which links the University and the partnership schools and provides additional resources for trainees. Trainees will be guided by mentors and tutors towards satisfying the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards and if successful will be qualified to teach in both independent and maintained schools in England.

Assessment methods

Once each term students will be visited by a subject specialist tutor from Buckingham, who will help to ensure comparability of standards across the participating schools. The Buckingham tutor and the school mentor will jointly assess the student’s competence as a teacher during and at the end of the course.

Graduate employment

We have a high graduate employment rate, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for graduate employability with 98.1% in July 2015.

Our graduate prospects are excellentOur graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

Applicants must also pay a £275 non-refundable Registration Fee.

Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as food and accommodation when at Buckingham.

*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.

Accommodation will be provided for all residentials at Whittlebury Hall or alternatively in nearby hotels and is arranged by the School of Education staff. The cost of this is included within the course fee.

If you have any questions please contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email education@buckingham.ac.uk.

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