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PGCE courses at the UCL Institute of Education

Train to teach with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from UCL.

What does a PGCE involve?

A PGCE course at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) will prepare you for your career as a teacher, through a combination of university lectures and hands-on experience in school placements. 

You will become a reflective practitioner, informed by an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning theory from the UK’s leading researchers in education. You will learn how to support pupil development in your subject area and will develop the skills to meet professional teaching standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

But you won’t spend the whole PGCE course with your head in a book. Through school placements, you’ll be able to put theory into practice and receive regular feedback to develop your skills as a teacher.

How do teacher training placements work?

As part of your teacher training qualification, you will gain practical classroom experience through school placements. Each year we organise thousands of placements in over 500 schools across the capital.

The number of hours you spend in a classroom depend on which PGCE course you’re on. 

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We believe gradual immersion into the classroom is the best way to prepare for your teaching career. You will start by teaching a few students, then a group, and then a whole class, until you have gained the skills and confidence to manage, guide and inspire the children you teach.

How long does it take to become a teacher?

With a PGCE for early years, primary, secondary or post-compulsory education, you can complete your teacher training in just one year. Our Post-Compulsory PGCE is also available part-time over two years.

A PGCE from the IOE gives you the skills and experience you need to land your first job as a teacher. Once you have completed your PGCE course, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).  You’ll need to do a probationary NQT induction year to be able to teach in a state school.

What are the entry requirements for a PGCE?

To train to teach through the PGCE route, you will usually need a Bachelor’s degree at grade 2:2 or higher. 

Most PGCE courses for secondary education (ages 11-16) require a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject. 

Check the individual PGCE courses on the IOE prospectus for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

Is funding available for PGCE courses?

The UK government provide various funding sources to support you through your teacher training programme. It’s not guaranteed, but there are different options you may be entitled to depending on the route you’ve chosen, the subject you want to teach, your previous qualification and your personal circumstances. 

PGCE students can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans, even if you’ve taken out an undergraduate student loan before. 

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PGCE courses available at the IOE

The IOE is one of the UK’s largest teacher training providers. We offer a wide range of programmes across all stages of education and more subjects than anyone else.

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