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Postgraduate Diploma in Education PGDE

Our graduates make great teachers. It’s that simple. The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course helps you develop an understanding of research, policies and practice relating to education in general and secondary education in particular. You’ll analyse and reflect on what you learn to connect research with the classroom.

We teach an approach to your work that will stay with you throughout your career. Our graduates are dedicated to lifelong learning, developing their professional practice, and using classroom-based research. You’ll learn everything the qualified teacher needs to know about planning, teaching, learning, assessing, policies and processes.

As well as a PGDE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status, you’ll gain 120 credits at Masters level if you successfully complete the course. You can put these towards study for an MA Applied Professional Studies in Education.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2:2, or for Maths, Physics and Physics with Maths applicants minimum class 3 with at least a grade B in the relevant A level) in one of our teaching subjects or with a strong element of a teaching subject (see below).

You also need grade C in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, or the equivalent. You need to pass the Professional skills tests before the start of the course.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Course modules

Subjects covered

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Languages
  • Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Physics with Maths

Routes offered

We offer a provider-led route plus School Direct with a choice of four different clusters of schools.

The routes are all quite similar, but the main differences between the provider-led and the School Direct routes are:

  • You’ll have your two school placements in the schools within the cluster that you are attached to, rather than in any school across the partnership.
  • The schools in your cluster will have a greater input into the PGDE programme throughout the year.
  • There will be a strong possibility of securing employment within the cluster of schools that you are attached to, subject to availability and suitability.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessments.

Fees

UK/EU fees TBC, please contact the department.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGDE Full-time Home/EU 36 Weeks
PGDE Full-time £ 16,000 (Whole course) International 36 Weeks

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