Bishop Grosseteste University PGCE

Bishop Grosseteste University PGCE

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Postgraduate and Professional Graduate PGCE (Primary)

This full-time, one-year course or, up to 2 year, part time course includes both school based experiences and sessions at the university with a strong focus on integrating theory and practice.

At least 120 days will be based in schools. School placements are carefully structured to ensure gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences working with university based mentors and school based mentors.

Training for those on the 3-7 route also includes study of the Early Years Foundation (EYFS) there is experience in age phases adjacent to your chosen age phase as part of your training.

Programme  UCAS Code
PGCE Primary 3-7 full-time X125
PGCE Primary 3-7 flexible route 2NP6
PGCE Primary 7-11 full-time X175
PGCE Primary 7-11 flexible route 2NP7

At present, you can choose to train in the 7-11 or 3-7 age phase but this is likely to be changing for September 2017 to 3-7 and 5-11. Please use the current codes and you will be notified if the change is agreed later in the academic year. You will be trained to teach all National Curriculum subjects.


Postgraduate and Professional Graduate PGCE (Secondary)

Teachers trained by the university present as confident and effective practitioners, who are valued by their employing schools‘ (Ofsted 2015).

On this course you will spend two thirds of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences designed to support meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 11-16 or 14-19 year olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of the key stages before and after the ones in which you will qualify.

You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support you while you train.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

We also offer options for secondary applicants to refresh and boost their subject knowledge through SKE Courses. These are completed before starting your PGCE and are available in subjects with national demand. Currently, the subjects available are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Our courses are 8 weeks long, and are delivered through a blended approach including online work and face to face weekends at BGU.  They are fully funded and you will also receive a bursary of £1600 for the course. For more information about the SKE Programme, please click here.

Further Information

If you are interested in other subject specialisms, please click here to see what we have to offer through our School Direct partnerships. All of our trainees, whether core, School Direct or School Direct Salaried undertake PGCE which is an academic award with Qualified Teacher Status.

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.