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School of Education

Prep PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status

  • See the entry requirements below
  • Sep 2022
  • Full-time
  • 37 Weeks
  • Postgraduate
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Buckingham
  • You must be employed as a teacher in a preparatory independent school in England and be teaching the 3 core subjects (English, maths and science) at key stage 2 and a chosen subject at key stage 3 for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable, across four consecutive school years.

    Every year, some of our applicants arrange to work in a prep school for the specific purpose of gaining this training, others have worked in the school for a year or more already.

    You will be expected to have the following qualifications:

    • UK degree (2.2 or above). For equivalent qualifications, contact education@buckingham.ac.uk to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements
    • GCSE in English Language, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. For equivalent qualifications, contact education@buckingham.ac.uk to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements.

    In addition, you must:

    • Attend an interview.
    • Demonstrate competence in literacy and numeracy
    • 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.

    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.