PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education)

The School of Education is an Ofsted 'Outstanding Provider' and offers a one year programme for graduates leading to the award of PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) and will also give students 60 credit points at Masters level.

Each year, the PGCE programme caters for approximately 210 student teachers training to teach in secondary schools. The programme is approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Together we manage, design and work jointly on all aspects of the experiences needed to enable student teachers to achieve the Teachers’ Standards and become effective professional practitioners. This enables us to integrate the work of the programme in placement institutions and at the university throughout the year, allowing student teachers to learn alongside effective teachers and to reflect on their experiences to develop their own teacher identities. As part of the PGCE student teachers can also gain 60 Master’s credits.

The latest Ofsted inspection resulted in the School being awarded ‘Outstanding Provider’ status.

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Interview with PGCE Programme Directors


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PGCE Office
Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4103

School of Education
University of Bristol
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol, BS8 1JA

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