You can apply to a Higher Education Institution for a PGCE course or you can apply for a job in a school and get a PGCE while working on the job.
Here are some examples of different ways to apply for a PGCE course:
- Apply for a Higher Education Institution (HEI) based PGCE
You apply to the HEI, gain your teaching qualification and then apply for a job. Apply through UCAS for a HEI based course. Tuition fees will be charged. 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.
- Apply for a distance learning PGCE
You first apply to the school and gain your PGCE while you work. Apply through UCAS for a distance learning course. Tuition fees will be charged. Your training could be based primarily in an independent school.
- Apply for a University of Buckingham PGCE with QTS
You first gain a job and then are trained based at your school. The QTS allows you to work in the state maintained sector as well as the independent sector. Apply directly to the University of Buckingham for a PGCE with QTS.
- Apply for a University of Buckingham PGCE without QTS
You first gain a job in an independent school and then are trained based at your school. Apply directly to the University of Buckingham for a PGCE course without QTS which is tailored to the independent sector.
- Apply for HMC Teacher Training
More details are available at www.hmcteachertraining.org.uk