Top 10 PGCE Courses In The UK

There are a couple of routes to gaining Qualified Teacher Status in the UK, and studying a PGCE courses is one of them.

Courses are separated into early years (ages 3 to 7), primary education (ages 5 to 11), secondary education (ages 11 to 18) and post-compulsory education (ages 14 to 18).

There are some excellent bursaries available to fund your studies and teacher training students can get up to £25,000 for their PGCE year.

Here is our rundown of ten of the best PGCE programs available at universities in the UK*.

PGCE – University of Birmingham

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £15,570 for international students.

What you will study: The PGCE at the University of Birmingham offers early years, primary and secondary level teacher training concentrating on planning, teaching and classroom skills. Students can go on to complete a Masters in Teaching Studies after completing their PGCE.

PGCE – University of Bristol

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £15,800 for international students.

What you will study: This course at the University of Bristol focuses on secondary education with around 200 students training to become teachers each year. The main modules focus on Curriculum Studies, Educational and Professional Studies and School Experience.

PGCE – University of Cambridge

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Cost: £9,250 total fees for all UK and EU students / £25,200 total fees for all international students.

What you will study: At the University of Cambridge you can choose to specialise between early primary school, primary school or secondary school education. Students are able to continue on to gain a Masters in Education in the following year on a part-time basis.

PGCE – University of Durham

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £16,500 for international students.

What you will study: Offering both primary and secondary school level education, the University of Durham has a close partnership with local schools giving students a great variety of placements.

PGCE – University of Exeter

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £16,500 for international students.

What you will study: PGCE students at the University of Exeter can specialise in either primary or secondary school education. With the secondary school education course, students can increase their knowledge of their subject area during their first term with elective modules in other departments.

PGCE – Loughborough University

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 total fees for all students.

What you will study: Loughborough University prepares students to teach pupils at secondary (11 to 18 years of age) level. Students spend 60% of the course in classrooms on placement and this provides students with the confidence to work successfully after qualification.

PGCE – University of Manchester

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £17,000 for international students.

What you will study: The University of Manchester offers both primary and secondary level education and aims to ensure that students have an understanding of the teaching profession, the skills to excel at teaching, to value diversity and respect for social and cultural differences.

PGCE – University of Nottingham

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £15,885 for international students.

What you will study: Students at the University of Nottingham can pick between primary and secondary level education and secondary level students focus on either English, History, Geography, Maths, Science or Modern Languages.

PGCE – University of Oxford

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £15,755 for international students.

What you will study: The Department of Education at the University of Oxford works closely with its partner schools to develop a unique program of training for secondary school level education. About 30% of their students go on to gain employment at their placement school.

PGCE – University College London

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £7,000 to £9,250 for UK and EU students / £12,155 to £16,340 for international students.

What you will study: Teacher training students at University College London can specialise in either early years, primary, secondary or post-compulsory (14 years plus) education. Core modules include Teaching and Learning, Action Research and Professional Practice.

*SOURCE: The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 published by the Centre for Education and Employment Research University of Buckingham

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