If you already have a degree, consider a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). A PGCE course mainly focuses on developing your teaching skills, and not on the subject you intend to teach. For this reason, you are expected to have a good understanding of your chosen subject(s) – usually to degree level – before you start training.
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?
PGCE applications are made through a system administered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS Teacher Training website is the portal through which you can search for a provider and make your application. It provides useful guidance for applicants and step-by-step help on the application process. Find out more about making your application
Search for a PGCE course on the UCAS Teacher Training site.
When should I apply?
Generally speaking, UCAS Teacher Training accepts applications from November 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 as early as possible.