University of East London

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (non QTS)

This course provides a straightforward route to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) award for students who have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, or are on a course leading to QTS only.

The PGCE is an academic qualification focusing on developing teaching skills. You don't need a PGCE to teach in England, although you may find it useful as it will give you more options as your career progresses - enhancing your promotion prospects or enabling you to teach abroad.

Entry Requirements

Professional Qualifications

Applicants will normally be expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in an art design or media subject area.

Non-UK/USA qualifications will be mapped for equivalency against the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC). For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.75 out of 4.0.

Performance at interview Applicants may be invited for interview, or may be interviewed electronically. Although we prefer to conduct interviews in person, candidates or applicants unable to attend are offered the option of Skype or telephone interviews.

Additional supporting material may be requested before the interview. All recommendations to admit a student involve the judgment of at least two members of academic staff with relevant experience and expertise.

English Language requirement

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent)

Career Prospects

If you are a qualified teacher who already has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but not the PGCE academic qualification QTS sometimes comes with, you will find this course useful in progressing your career. Unqualified teachers currently enrolled on a programme leading to QTS - for example under the School Direct salaried programme - can also benefit.

Having gained the PGCE (non-QTS) qualification, you might, for example, want to change jobs, or teach in another part of the UK, or even in another country. You may even decide to go on and do a Masters' degree.

Course Details

Studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (non-QTS) course will involve attending seminars at UEL's Stratford campus, and completing two Level Seven (Masters' Level) assignments - each worth 30 academic credits.  

The first assignment, Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting on Learner Progress, will require you to interrogate an aspect of your teaching environment and carry out an action research project with your learners.

The second assignment, Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism, will require you to investigate your subject specialism and assess your strengths and areas for development.

Throughout the course, we'll support your academic writing through face-to-face seminar discussions and online forums. 

The course runs during UEL's autumn and spring terms. You will need to be recommended for QTS before you can receive the PGCE award.

Year 1

Active Enquiry and Intervention Impacting upon Learner Progress
Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism

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