PGCE courses

Are you passionate about shaping minds and ensuring students reach their full potential? Then teaching could be the career for you.
If you already have at least an undergraduate degree then we offer a range of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses which will train you to teach at Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory Education level. 

What routes into teaching do you offer?

Our main route into teaching, for all levels, is through a University-led PGCE programme.

School-led initial teacher training programmes (known as the School Direct route and is) are also available for Primary and Secondary Education only.

We are also the host university for West Midlands’ trainees who are part of Teach First, a two-year, salaried programme which works towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. 


University-led PGCE programmes

University-led programmes are specially designed to develop your teaching skills through university-based modules and placements in schools, colleges or other settings (depending on the education level you are training to teach). For Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes you will work towards evidencing the Teacher Standards to achieve QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) as well as on assignments for the academic postgraduate certificate qualification. As you will be working towards QTS, this means you will also have to pass the Government skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy BEFORE you are able to enrol onto your PGCE.

Learn more about Skills Tests

If you’re considering PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training you’ll work towards meeting Professional Standards and upon successful completion of the programme, you’ll be able to apply for QTLS status (qualified teacher/tutor for learning and skills).

School-led initial teacher training programmes

School-led programmes are based in schools and are part of the School Direct route into teacher training.


What are the fees for a PGCE? Is any financial help available?

For all of our University-led PGCEs the course fee is £9250, for which you may be eligible for a student loan as well as a maintenance loan for living costs.

Some courses (but not all) also attract a generous tax-free bursary available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects (but again, not all). You could get a bursary of up to £26k (depending on your level/subject) or be awarded a prestigious scholarship which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year.

Fees for the School Direct route depend on whether you gain a salaried or unsalaried place.


How can I find out more? Can I come to visit?

We have a range of Open Days and information sessions on offer throughout the year. 

Register your interest for an Open Day

Find out more about our PGCE courses