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Degree types

Postgraduate Certificate of Education – PGCE

The  Institute of Education offers four different types of PGCE programmes:

Early Years PGCE (0-5 years) – Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

A Specialist programme for those already working with, or those seeking to work with babies and young children from birth to five years old. A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to students who achieve 60 credits at Masters Level (level 7). Students graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

Primary PGCE (3-11 years)

This programme is for those wishing to teach pupils aged 5-11 years old. We also offer the Early Years/Key Stage 1 Primary PGCE for those wishing to teach the 3-7 age range and the Specialist route for Primary Mathematics. Students graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Secondary PGCE (11-19 years)

Designed for those wishing to teach pupils ages 11-16 and 14-19, this degree will qualify you to teach a specialist subject across the secondary sector. Students graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Post-Compulsory PGCE (14+ years, lifelong learning)

The Post-Compulsory sector comprises further education, adult and sixth form colleges, prison education, charity and community organisations and independent work-based providers of learning. Following qualification, Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills Status (QTLS) is available through the Education and Training Foundation.

Other routes

School Direct (Salaried)

On this programme students apply for a training vacancy at a school and work for a salary as an unqualified teacher - they ‘train on the job’. This route is designed for people who have gained three years’ work experience (not necessarily in education). It is important to note that this programme leads to a QTS only, although students can apply to study for a Top-Up PGCE towards the end of the programme. Prospective students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance and are recruited to a vacancy at that alliance.

School Direct (Tuition Fee)

This programme follows the same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. It is school-led, rather than university-led, meaning that prospective students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance and are recruited to a vacancy at that alliance.

Teach First

This two-year route is provided in conjunction with the charity Teach First with the aim of training and placing successful applicants in London schools with the lowest levels of attainment and/or pupils who are from deprived backgrounds. QTS is awarded at the end of year one and a PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) is awarded at the end of year two. Prospective students apply directly to Teach First.

Other degrees offered by UCL

Please see the "Taught programmes" pages for details of Master's programmes, etc, and "Research programmes" pages for details of graduate research degree programmes at UCL.

Short courses and continuing professional development

Academic units may offer courses from taught programmes and/or short courses, seminars and summer schools to support continuing professional development or for general interest. See Life Learning website for more information.

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