Education degrees

Initial Teacher Training and Professional Development

The University of Buckingham Education degrees and teacher training courses are amongst the most successful and accessible in the country. With over 1,000 teachers and school leaders studying with us each year, we are one of the country’s leading providers of teacher training and professional development.

Our Primary, Prep and Secondary PGCE programmes are all available with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) enabling teachers to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England. For those wishing to use their schools’ Levy to fund their training, we also offer a Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS and PGCE.

For teachers in the Independent Schools’ sector, we have an Independent PGCE which has been developed in close consultation with The Heads’ Conference (HMC).

Those teaching abroad can achieve their PGCE by studying our PGCE for International Trainees. This qualification is available online with regular virtual seminars and support sessions throughout.

All of our master’s courses are available completely online and are a fantastic way to develop your expertise in a particular aspect of the sphere of Education. Whether your interest is in leadership and management, or something else entirely, we can support your career progression and aspirations.

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Student feedback

Semele, PGCE

“The residential was very clear and had a lot of thought had put into finding a good range of speakers to interest people from all backgrounds. I’ve returned back to school today full of ideas (and I’m sure annoying my colleagues!). It was also really nice to meet the other PGCE students finally and our subject day was very well thought out too.“

Your future career

Our Faculty of Education programmes range from the PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to tailored master’s programmes or a doctorate. We believe good teacher training focuses on the practice of classroom management and apply what good research and experience tells us works best.

Our PGCE is available for those teaching in state, independent and international schools. Our master’s programmes offer structured and accredited professional development opportunities, enabling you to progress your career and extend your knowledge of a particular area within the field of education.

Graduating from the Faculty of Education will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive, lasting difference to those you teach and work with.

School links and partners

We have many partners that we work with at the School of Education including: National Mathematics and Physics SCITT; Council of British International Schools (COBIS); The Anglo Institute of Education; Beds SCITT; Chiltern Learning Trust; Oceanova; Premier Pathways; Parents and Teachers for Excellence; Boarding Schools Association (BSA); Duke’s Education; Inclusion Education; St. Edward’s School Oxford; Bourton Meadow SCITT; Shire Foundation; Equalitas; STEP Academies; Dubai LearnEd.

We also have a number of connections with professional bodies such as CPHC and BCS.

Meet the Dean

Our Dean, Professor Barnaby Lenon, was brought up in south London and educated at Eltham College and Oxford University. He won the Cambridge University prize for Education. He taught at Eton for 12 years, was Deputy Head of Highgate School, Headmaster of Trinity School, Croydon, and Headmaster of Harrow (also for 12 years). He then helped set up a state schools in east London, the London Academy of Excellence, and was Chair of Governors there for nine years. He is currently trustee of the two independent and 10 state schools in the King Edward’s Birmingham Foundation.

He is Dean of Education at The University of Buckingham, Chairman of the Independent Schools’ Council and a trustee of the Yellow Submarine charity.

He has recently published two books, “Much Promise: successful schools in England” and “Other People’s Children: what happens to the academically least successful 50%?”

He is one of the most widely quoted educationalists in the media. In 2019, he was awarded a CBE for services to Education.

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