We hope these answers are helpful. If you have more questions, please contact us.
The course is very popular so the earlier the better. Applications open in October and most trainees have submitted their applications by March.
No. Developing high quality teachers is at the heart of our mission. As long as you have the potential to become a good teacher and empathy with faith schools, you should enjoy the programme and we will help you become the best teacher you can within your training year.
- A bachelors degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent as recognised by UK ENIC). An honours degree award of 2:2 or above is preferred.
A minimum Grade C/4 (or equivalent) at GCSE in English, Mathematics and a science subject.
The PCP may also accept equivalency tests in some cases. Please contact us to discuss.
Yes. A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and a Fit to Train to Teach check are essential prior to starting the course. You will also need to produce original certificates to verify your academic qualifications.
Although not compulsory, school experience is recommended. The PGCE is a very challenging year and candidates who have had experience in schools find it a lot easier to come to grips with the demands of the course.
Your time in school will allow you to confirm that you do want to train to teach. Although two weeks is recommended, the more you do, the easier you will find the course.
We would advise you to have one referee who can verify your academic ability and another who can comment on your ability to work with children. This is often a teacher/headteacher.
Our courses follow school terms. They run from the start of September to July each year.
All PGCE students are enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which includes 60 credits of Master’s level study. An alternative exit award, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, is available if you do not achieve the masters-level elements of the programme. Both awards include QTS and provide excellent preparation for teaching in schools. School Direct and Apprenticeship courses lead to QTS only.
PGCE trainees are must pay for tuition fees and may be eligible for a loan via the Student Loans Company. Please visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance for more information.
Apprentices have their training costs paid for via the Apprenticeship Levy Fund.