What will I learn?

This course takes one academic year and is suitable for teachers of all year groups.

If a teacher wishes to become a qualified teacher in the UK there are three stages:

  • The training (typically a PGCE).
  • Gaining Qualified Teacher Status
  • Successfully completing induction for newly qualified teachers

All three stages employ the UK government Teachers’ Standards as the basis for assessment.

The International Postgraduate Certificate of Education is similar in format and structure to our Independent School PGCE. It offers teachers based in schools outside the UK, who have not undergone a period of formal training, the opportunity to participate in a structured programme of professional development.

The PGCE is the main qualification required of successful teachers in the UK. It is only available to teachers who already have a job in a school. It is a 37-week school-based course, during which time trainee teachers work under the guidance of a mentor (appointed by the school in which they work) and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets. It is available in most subjects and age levels. We employ external examiners to quality assure the qualification.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (37 weeks)

Tuition fees
£4,000.00 (US$ 5,421) Overall cost
Applicants must also pay a non-refundable £275 registration fee.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Buckingham

Hunter Street,



MK18 1EG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

In order to study at postgraduate level (Master’s degree), you will generally need to have attained: A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (the level will differ for each school of study). A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution equivalent to a British Bachelor’s (Honours) degree, with a minimum of a 2:2 (the level will differ for each school of study). IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).

For international students

Students must be employed as a teacher in an international independent school abroad and be in sole charge of a full size class for a minimum of 10 hours a week. You will be expected to have a degree from a UK university or equivalent. In addition, you must: Obtain the commitment from your school to provide a suitable mentor. Show the physical and mental fitness to teach. The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the Teachers’ Standards across the full age and ability range of training, and cannot be graded as inadequate. Students need to have IELTS score with Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component); TOEFL 87 (minimum component scores of Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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