Where can you do a PGCE?
PGCE courses are available at universities and colleges throughout the UK. It may also be possible to study for a PGCE via flexible distance learning, or in a school by completing a programme of school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT), through Teach First or by completing the School Direct Training Programme
How long does a PGCE take?
Courses generally last for one year full-time or up to two years part-time.
Is there any funding available while I train?
You may be eligible to receive funding while you train for your PGCE. Find out about funding for postgraduate teacher training in England
What qualifications do I need?
You must have a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Find out if your qualifications are equivalent to UK qualifications through UK NARIC. If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you may improve your ability to gain a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) programme by following a subject knowledge enhancement course
You also need a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics. If you want to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7-14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a science GCSE.
How do I apply for a PGCE?
The majority of PGCE applications are made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). However, some ITT providers require that you approach them directly.
For secondary courses, you are able to apply to up to four different providers. For primary courses you may apply to two providers, in order of preference. If you are unsuccessful with your first choice, your application will be passed on to your second, and so on. Search for a PGCE course
When should I apply?
Generally speaking, the GTTR accepts applications from mid-September to June for courses starting the following September or October.
However, be aware that courses in primary teaching, physical education (PE) and history are very popular and there is considerable competition for places. To guarantee that your first choice of course provider will consider you, you need to apply before the end of November in the year before you wish to train.
Online and distance learning
Some universities offer distance learning and online elements of these PGCE courses. The Open University offers this kind of postgraduate ITT. Please contact your chosen local provider to check if they offer a distance/online facility.