FAQs for applicants
What are the entry requirements for the PGCE at the University of Bristol?
We need a minimum of a 2:2 degree in a subject related to the one you wish to teach. You also need a minimum of Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above. We do accept overseas qualifications but you would need to get confirmation through NARIC that these are equivalent to British qualifications. Please see details of our most frequently accepted overseas Updated GCSE equivalents (Office document, 54kB).
Please note, we only accept ‘Equivalency Tests’ for Maths and English GCSE in exceptional circumstances.
If you have graduated within five years of your proposed start date of the programme, we must have an academic reference.
The PGCE at Bristol is extremely competitive: each application is considered on its own merits and the decision on whether to invite applications for interview is based on all the information supplied on the UCAS Teacher Training application form.
Due to the volume of applications received by the University, we regret that it is not possible for us to enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants. In most cases, lack of success is due to the level of competition for places rather than any specific weakness in an application, and consequently, we will not be able to advise applicants on how to strengthen any subsequent application. There is no right of appeal and the decision will not be reviewed. However, concerns that the University's Admissions Principles and Procedures have been incorrectly implemented may be investigated under the Applicant Feedback and Complaints Procedures. Please see Feedback and Complaints for more information.
What steps should I take before making an application?
We would recommend the following:
- look for the current National Curriculum for the PGCE subject that you wish to apply for;
- book the Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests;
- visit a state secondary school;
- talk to teachers about their experiences.
What steps should I take after making an application?
- regularly check Track on the UCAS Teacher Training website;
- regularly check your emails (this will be the primary mode of correspondence that we use to to communicate with you);
- respond ASAP if we've invited you to attend an interview;
- make sure that you have read everything we've sent you in preparation for your interview.
I studied overseas. Do you accept my school qualifications as equivalents to Maths and English GCSEs?
Please see our document for details of the most regularly accepted Updated GCSE equivalents (Office document, 54kB)
If you studied elsewhere, you would need to contact UK NARIC to obtain a statement of comparability.
FAQs for offer-holders
I have recently been made an offer for a place on the PGCE programme. What do I need to do now?
Please ensure you read the offer email and attached documents that we send you. Also make sure that you have received your formal offer letter and DBS application in the post. There may be specific conditions attached to your offer and subject-specific tasks, but all offer-holders are required to:
- Firmly accept the office on Track.
- Complete the Health Questionnaire we will send you and arrange for your GP to complete the relevant section before returning this to the University's Occupational Health service.
- Apply for Enhanced Disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service via the form we will send you (unless you are already subscribed to the Update Service - see below).
- Arrange your primary school experience and complete the online form outlining the details of your primary placement school so that we can contact them in September.
- Undertake any pre-course reading and preparation - details of this were sent to you with your offer email.
Do I need to get an Enhanced Disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service?
Yes, you do. You will be required to complete a DBS application form and receive the Enhanced Disclosure prior to the start of the programme. However, if you already hold a current DBS for the Child and Adult Workforce and you have signed up for the Update Service, we may be able to accept this.
Am I eligible for the government training bursary?
There are certain criteria which must be fulfilled in order to be eligible for the bursary. Candidates must:
- hold a UK first degree (with at least 2nd class honours or equivalent) or an overseas equivalent;
- be training in an eligible ITT subject;
- not already hold QTS or be eligible to receive QTS;
- not be undertaking paid teaching work when receiving the bursary;
- be taking a qualifying postgraduate ITT course;
- not be taking any other ITT course.
When and how do I pay my fees?
Information about when and how to pay your fees can be found on our Fees and Funding website.
I've got questions which aren't answered here. Who can help me?
The PGCE office can. Contact us by telephone on: 0117 331 4492 or by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!