The University is still planning to run every course listed on this website and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 government advice and guidelines. If we are unable to run residential courses, we will start the courses remotely.
The Prep Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS is a formal teacher training course tailored to teachers in independent preparatory schools (to age 13) in England. You must be employed as a teacher in a preparatory independent school and be teaching the 3 core subjects at key stage 2 and a chosen subject at key stage 3 for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable.
Trainees 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 the 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 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 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 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 as an addition to the PGCE. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching.
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook
The normal start date is September. This has the advantage that the whole course can be completed within one academic year. But partly because of Covid-19 we are offering starts in January and April next year.
We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 government advice and guidelines. Should we become unable to start the course on the planned date we will be in touch with the new start date, which will be as close to the original as possible.Please, contact the department for more information.
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|September 2020||The application deadline has been extended to 31 July.|
- Application deadline – 3 July 2020
- Course start date – 7 September 2020
- Ab-initio – 24 August 2020
- Intro Day – 25 August 2020
- Residential 1 – 26-28 October 2020
- Residential 2 – 15-17 February 2021
- Residential 3 – 1-2 June 2021
- Application deadline – 1 November 2020
- Course start date – 4 January 2021
- Ab-initio – 14 December 2020
- Intro Day – 15 December 2020
- Residential 1 – 15-17 February 2021
- Residential 2 – 1-2 June 2021
- Residential 3 – 25-27 October 2021
- Application deadline – 1 February 2021
- Course start date – 19 April 2021
- Ab-initio – 12 April 2021
- Intro Day – 13 April 2021
- Residential 1 – 1-2 June 2021
- Residential 2 – 25-27 October 2021
- Residential Res 3 – 21-23 February 2022