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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one-year, university-based, course for graduates that wish to undergo initial teacher training (ITT) to achieve the professional standards required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

Our PGCE programmes focus on the development of the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding that relate to learning and teaching in schools.

Each PGCE includes ...

  • academic tuition through lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • teaching experience through two placements in local schools.

Both aspects of the programme count towards the assessment of the PGCE and as evidence that you have met the standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Dr Nick SutcliffeI’m currently a Principal Lecturer in the School of Education and Childhood of the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University, where my main responsibility is for academic quality assurance within the school and across the faculty.

Dr Nick Sutcliffe

Our PGCE programmes have provided excellent professional preparation for many teachers enjoying a long and successful career in this region and beyond.

The vast majority of our trainees complete their PCGE programme successfully and acquire Qualified Teacher Status. As creative, confident and competent newly qualified teachers, with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning and wider educational issues, they are in great demand by local schools and those further afield.

Our School has close and productive partnerships with all the Local Authorities in the surrounding region.

Our programmes also offer an excellent first step towards continuous professional development, and there are opportunities to progress to higher degrees such as the part-time MA Teaching course, which is specifically designed to allow you to pursue a higher degree while working as a new teacher.


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