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What is a PGCE?

The postgraduate certificate in education – or PGCE – is an academic qualification you can achieve during your teacher training.

What courses is the PGCE available on? 

The PGCE is included on all university-led postgraduate teacher training programmes in England and most school-led routes. Speak to your chosen training provider to find out what qualification their course offers. 

Do I need a PGCE to qualify as a teacher in England?  

No – you only need qualified teacher status (QTS), which you achieve on successfully completing all university- and school-led training routes. The PGCE is an additional qualification you can gain alongside QTS. 

What are the benefits of gaining a PGCE?  

In addition to the increased confidence the academic training gives you, the PGCE is also an internationally recognised qualification. If you ever decide to teach in Scotland, Northern Ireland or other countries, it’s likely you’ll need an academic qualification such as a PGCE alongside QTS to register as a qualified teacher.

Many courses that include a PGCE also carry Master’s-level credits – you should check with your chosen training provider about the amount of credits their course offers. 

How can I find and apply for PGCE courses? 

You can check if providers include a PGCE as part of their training when you search for courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site.  Remember, the PGCE is available on both university-led training and school-led courses – so you should find plenty of options.

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