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PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) for Independent Schools

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) for Independent Schools

Different course options

Full time | Coventry University | 1 year | APR

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

APR

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Education Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

A teacher training course tailored specifically for trainee teachers either in independent schools (junior, preparatory and senior) in the UK or in schools abroad.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education teacher training course is tailored specifically for trainee teachers employed either in independent schools (junior, preparatory and senior) in the UK or in schools abroad. It has been designed to sit alongside the national Teachers’ Standards in England and upon successful completion could significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at a later stage. Qualified Teacher Status is the recognised award to teach in state-maintained schools in England.

If you are interested in the opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status, see our PGCE with QTS course or our Assessment-Only Route to QTS.

The PGCE course is school-based, which means that you will study while in employment in a school as a trainee teacher, teaching assistant or learning assistant, under the supervision of an in-school mentor and university tutor. It combines the flexibility of online learning with practical in-school experience, which aims to provide you with relevant study to complement your work in-school. You can choose to study solely online but also have the opportunity to attend up to six days of face-to-face sessions at the university.

The course is designed to be highly practical in nature because we believe that learning the craft of the classroom is best done on the job. It is also grounded in applicable pedagogical research and aims to provide successful teaching practice that is geared to enable you to become a first-class teacher upon successful completion.

We offer multiple start dates throughout the year, so you can start at the right time for you. The course is usually studied over an academic year, but is also flexible and can take longer to allow for individual circumstances –for example, if you work part-time or simply wish to take more time to complete the course. Whenever and wherever you choose to study, our aim is to help you become not just a teacher but a great teacher.


Why choose this course?

If you have been thinking about teaching for a while and aspire to be a teacher who is respected and remembered by your pupils, our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) may be the course you are looking for. It combines the flexibility of online study with practical in-school experience, which is designed to help you train on the job under the supervision of skilled school-based mentors and experienced university tutors.

The online segments are designed to be studied at your own pace, which should fit more naturally with the changing patterns of life and work, while the in-school and optional face-to-face components offer hands-on teaching opportunities and collaborative learning experiences.


On completion

The PGCE is a standalone formal teacher training qualification resulting in 60 Level 7 Master’s credits that may be transferred as prior learning credits for future study at Master’s degree level.

While this course does not provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – the recognised award to teach in state-maintained schools in England – it has been designed to sit alongside the national Teachers’ Standards in England and national guidelines for Initial Teacher Training (ITT), as prescribed by the Department for Education.

Modules

This module aims to develop your knowledge of subject pedagogy, effective lesson planning and application of statutory codes for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), as well as principles of assessment and feedback practices.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

4,000

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

4,000

Entry requirements

To gain entry to the course, all trainees must: Hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent as assessed by NARIC; Be employed in a school for the duration of your study. Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a pre-requisite of acceptance onto the course. Trainees can include recent graduates who have secured a teaching or teaching assistant job in a school, career changers and teachers/assistants who have worked in a school for a time but have no formal teaching qualification.

University information

Coventry University is a well-established higher education institution located in the West Midlands. As the UK’s fastest growing university, and the 6th largest overall, Coventry offers students a wide range of postgraduate courses, award-winning facilities and an extremely high standard of teaching. The main campus is in the heart of Coventry, a truly global metropolitan city with a diverse and dynamic student population. The university...more