Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
Graduates can apply to Higher Education for a PGCE course or apply for a job in a school and get a PGCE while working on the job.
Here are some examples of different ways graduates can take a PGCE course:
- Higher Education based PGCE
This will not be specific to the independent sector but a number of higher education institutes routinely place PGCE students in independent schools for part of their placement. For a list of all institutions offering PGCE see the UCAS website. Graduates apply to the HEI, gain their teaching qualification and then apply for a job.
- Distance learning PGCE
Training could be based primarily in an independent school. Graduates apply to the school first and gain their PGCE while they work.
- University of Buckingham PGCE with QTS
University of Buckingham offer a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Graduates gain a job first and then are trained based at their school. The QTS allows graduates to work in the state maintained sector as well as the independent sector. See the University of Buckingham website for more information.
- University of Buckingham PGCE without QTS
University of Buckingham offer a PGCE specifically for those who want to work in the independent sector. This does not have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Graduates gain a job first and then are trained based at their school. See the University of Buckingham website for more information.