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Kingston University: Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCE (Top Up)

Institution Kingston University View institution profile
Department Education
Study type Taught


This course is ideal for you if you are an experienced teacher who already has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and want to develop your professional career further. This flexible PGCE Top Up course enables you to achieve the academic award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). You will already have completed a route into teaching such as School Direct or the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and achieved QTS without the academic award.

This course will develop your skills and knowledge, support your progress towards leadership and provide a foundation for further study. You will examine education and teaching policy and practice, and consider how these affect your classroom experience. Developing critical evaluation skills, you will explore current issues in teaching and learning.

Face-to-face or online tutorials will be scheduled to fit around your work. You will engage with teachers and staff through attending teaching and learning days (six Saturdays) and through the University’s virtual learning environment

The following pathways are available: - PGCE (Top Up) Early Years

  • PGCE (Top Up) Primary

  • PGCE (Top Up) Secondary

Reasons to choose Kingston University - This course is for practising teachers who have achieved QTS through a range of routes including the BA, GTP or School Direct programmes.

  • It is designed to fit alongside your teaching commitments. Taught sessions take place at six conferences on Saturdays during the academic year.

  • You will use technology-enhanced learning opportunities for collaboration and networking with other students on the course.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE

Kingston University


A vibrant, modern and supportive University based across four campuses, Kingston offers a wide range of postgraduate taught and research degrees. It offers people from all backgrounds and countries (140 at the last count) the opportunity to make a difference – not only to their own lives, but also to the world around them.

You’ll earn a postgraduate degree with a difference via 118 years of teaching excellence.  We will help you to achieve your career goals by putting your academic knowledge into practice, gaining the problem-solving skills and flexibility you need to adapt to the changing …

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