The Preliminary PGCE is a 1 year school-based programme which gives new teachers, support staff or unqualified staff in schools experience prior to commencing a PGCE course. The course is suitable for applicants from state-maintained, independent and international schools, full or part-time teachers, graduates or teaching assistants.
The programme will allow trainees to personalise learning to suit their needs and the needs of the schools where they work. By completing two assignments and starting to work towards the Teachers’ Standards, basic principles will become embedded and this allows for increased breadth of study if a candidate progresses onto a PGCE. Trainees are able to manage workload more easily by undertaking a longer period of study.
At the end of the year trainees are able to progress onto one of the PGCE courses offered by the University of Buckingham. This could be the PGCE with QTS, the Independent School PGCE or the International PGCE depending on eligibility, suitable role and location of supporting school. Please refer to the preferred course page for details on specific entry requirements and most suitable 2nd year pathway.
Trainees will be provided with access to the online library for study and be given e-portfolio access. They will submit two assignments during the Preliminary PGCE year, and attend a 1 day seminar at the University of Buckingham. Some academic reading will be required alongside completion of professional learning reports and a minimum of 15 reflective practice tasks and lesson observations.
There is no QTS assessment or tutor visits during year 1. The Preliminary PGCE is not accredited, and whilst formative assessment on e-portfolio levels 1-2 is completed, there is no assessment against meeting Standards levels 3-5 until year 2.