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School of Education

Primary PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status

  • Please see the entry requirements tab below
  • Jan 2021
  • Sep 2021
  • Full-time
  • 37 Weeks
  • Postgraduate
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Buckingham
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    You must be employed as a teacher in an independent or state-maintained primary school in England and be teaching the core subjects (English, maths and science) for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable. General primary trainees must be teaching the three core subjects across two consecutive age ranges, and for the subject specific course, trainees’ teaching time should be split 50:50 between the core subjects and their chosen specific subject.
    Every year some of our applicants have arranged to work in a school for the specific purpose of gaining this training, others have worked in the school for a year or two, some for longer than that.

    In addition, you must:

    • Attend an 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 record check and show the physical and mental fitness to teach.
    • Demonstrate competence in literacy and numeracy.

    The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the Teachers’ Standards across the full age and ability range of training, and cannot be graded as inadequate.

    How to apply

    Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button or contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email. To apply you will need to supply:

    • copy of degree certificate
    • copy of English, Maths and Science GCSE certificates
    • copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
    • head and shoulder style photo for your University identity card

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