This course takes one academic year and is suitable for teachers of all year groups.
If a teacher wishes to become a qualified teacher in the UK there are three stages:
- The training (typically a PGCE).
- Gaining Qualified Teacher Status
- Successfully completing induction for newly qualified teachers
All three stages employ the UK government Teachers’ Standards as the basis for assessment.
This PGCE is suitable for those teaching in a primary, prep or secondary school.
PGCE course outline if you work in a secondary school
The International Postgraduate Certificate of Education is similar in format and structure to our Independent School PGCE. It offers teachers based in schools outside the UK, who have not undergone a period of formal training, the opportunity to participate in a structured programme of professional development.
What is the point of doing a PGCE if I am already working in a school?
- A doctor does not simply learn to recognise symptoms and the best-known response to those symptoms. He/she knows the deeper causes of each illness and the way such illness might impact different people. In the same way, a teacher should know the deeper theoretical background to different teaching strategies, such as mixed ability teaching or differentiation, something which will enable them to teach with professional confidence. To achieve this they need to read and evaluate recent research and texts.
- Although part of a teacher’s ability depends on their subject knowledge and force of personality, there are specific skills (the ‘craft of the classroom’) that need to be grasped if they are to be truly effective. All teachers, for example, need to know about pupils with special needs. All need to know about the most effective ways of maintaining good behaviour. All should know about the best ways of ensuring pupils capture what you are teaching them in their long-term memories.
- Having taken the trouble to gain this qualification will show your employer and future employers that you are a serious, professional employee.
- The PGCE at The University of Buckingham is a Level 7 course and is therefore designed to be intellectually stimulating. It leads on to an MA for those who wish to take that more advanced qualification.
The PGCE is the main qualification required of successful teachers in the UK. It is only available to teachers who already have a job in a school. It is a 37-week school-based course, during which time trainee teachers work under the guidance of a mentor (appointed by the school in which they work) and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets. It is available in most subjects and age levels. We employ external examiners to quality assure the qualification.
For teachers undertaking their first year of teaching, we recommend your participation in the Ab Initio course and PGCE introductory day. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching.
For those able to come to England there are two residential courses held in Buckingham (five or six days overall, depending on your entry point) to attend and these are supplemented by a weekly online programme. Trainees are assigned a University of Buckingham tutor who visits their school twice, wherever it is in the world, to assess their progress and guide their development. You will be assessed by both your mentor and your tutor and there are three written assignments to complete.
The tutor will visit twice. A tutor visit takes the best part of a full day when we observe three lessons, give feedback (including one paired feedback session with the mentor), meet with the mentor, give e-portfolio guidance to the trainee, and tackle any issues that may arise.
If it is impossible to travel during the pandemic this course will be delivered online.
For those unable to come to England for the five or six days of training, this can happen in the country where the trainees work, delivered EITHER by the University of Buckingham staff OR by staff trained and accredited by us. This is only possible when there are ten or more trainees in one area of the host country to make this a viable option. In addition, the tutor from Buckingham will observe lessons, normally in the trainee’s school or, if this is difficult, in another agreed central school.
If a teacher wishes to teach in a state school in England they will also need what is called Qualified Teacher Status. For a teacher who has been teaching for 2 or more years, it is possible to do the Assessment-Only Qualified Teacher Status assessment and/or a trainee may do the AO QTS in the term following our one-year international PGCE.
In China we have an office in Beijing (Buckingham International School of Education) that can handle enquiries: email@example.com
Your subject specialism
Different school subjects demand different teaching methods and resources, so part of the residential course will be taught by a subject specialist. Our subject specialists this year include Art, Music, Design Technology, Business Studies & Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Computer Science, English, Drama, Classics, Modern Languages, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Psychology, and PE.
The normal start date is September. This has the advantage that the whole course can be completed within one academic year.