The Primary Post Graduate 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. Trainees are expected to undertake a teaching placement in a contrasting second school. The duration of this teaching placement is determined upon interview and is usually for three weeks.
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 an 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’) which 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 with QTS will enable you to apply for jobs at the many schools that require teachers to have qualified teacher status.
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 Primary QTS Course is available via two routes – General Primary or Subject Specific Primary (available in Physical Education/Sport, MFL, Art, Drama and Music). It is a 37-week school-based course during which time trainees work under the guidance of a mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets. There are four courses (nine days overall) to attend and this is supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Online Resources. Each trainee is assigned a University tutor who visits once per term to assess their progress and guide their development. Trainees are assessed against the Standards by both their mentor and their 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 as an addition to the PGCE. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching.
The normal start date is September. This has the advantage that the whole course can be completed within one academic year.
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
If you have questions which need answering before you apply, please read our FAQs.
Student Contract for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the student contract between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the student contract in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the student contract contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting an offer. Read the Student Contract
Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as food and accommodation when at Buckingham.
Applicants must also pay a non-refundable £275 registration fee.
Fees can be paid in termly instalments or in one lump sum. Termly instalments can be arranged directly with the Finance department upon receipt of the invoice.