Teacher training with a PGCE

If you have ever considered a career as a teacher then you can undergo PGCE teacher training. This guide will help explain the qualification.

What is PGCE teach training?

PGCE stands for Postgraduate Certification in Education. It is a long established way for students to achieve the qualifications they need in order to become teachers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This was renamed to the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Scotland.

A PGCE mixes studying with school placements which allows students to quickly learn the ropes of the job. Finding a place on a PGCE course is usually straightforward as there is often a shortage of teachers in particular subjects of study.

Do you need a PGCE to teach?

You do not need a PGCE to teach but it is the most common route into the teaching profession. A PGCE is also useful if you want to teach abroad. You can teach with a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

What types of PGCE are there?

There are 3 main types of PGCE available for you to study depending on the area of education you wish to work in:

  • PGCE Early Years and Primary: Allows you to work with the youngest school children up through to primary schools
  • PGCE Secondary: Allow you to teach at a secondary level
  • PGCE Further/Adult Education: This allows you to teach in colleges

Is a PGCE harder than a degree?

A PGCE is at a higher level than a degree and has quite a heavy workload. It is combined with a work placement in a school. You need to learn to get the balance right.

What are the entry requirements of a PGCE?

The entry requirements to study PGCE is a bachelor's degree.

How do you get funding for a PGCE?

PGCE students can apply for the same funding streams as other students such as maintenance grants and student loans. Training Bursaries and Scholarships are available subject to status. These are to help train teachers in certain subjects.

Where can I study for a PGCE?

If you are ready to consider teacher training with a PGCE. Search on Masters Compare for a full list of Education and Teaching subjects at masters level.