PGCE is an internationally recognised qualification.
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 take a PGCE course:
- Higher Education based PGCE
This will not be specific to the independent sector but a number of higher education institutions routinely place PGCE students in independent schools for part of their placement. For a list of all institutions offering PGCE see the UCAS website. You apply to the HEI, gain your teaching qualification and then apply for a job.
- Distance learning PGCE
Your training could be based primarily in an independent school. You apply to the school first and gain your PGCE while you work.
- University of Buckingham PGCE with QTS
University of Buckingham offer a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You gain a job first 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. 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). You gain a job first and then are trained based at your school. See the University of Buckingham website for more information.
- HMC Teacher Training
More details are available at www.hmcteachertraining.org.uk
In some cases a PGCE will give credit points towards a Masters’ degree.
In some cases some PGCEs do not lead to QTS.