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What will I learn?

The Prep Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS is a formal teacher training course tailored to teachers in independent preparatory schools (to age 13) in England. You must be employed as a teacher in a preparatory independent school and be teaching the 3 core subjects at key stage 2 and a chosen subject at key stage 3 for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable.

Trainees will be expected to undertake a teaching placement in a second school which must be a non-selective state-maintained school. The duration of this teaching placement is determined upon the interview and is usually for three weeks. The PGCE is a 37 week school-based course during which time you will work under the guidance of a mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review your progress and to set targets. There are three residentials (nine days overall) to attend and these are supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will be assigned a University tutor who will visit once per term to assess your progress and guide your development. You will be assessed against the Standards by both your mentor and your tutor and there are three assignments to complete.

Which department am I in?

University of Buckingham

Study options

Full Time (37 weeks)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed
Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Buckingham

Hunter Street,

Buckingham,

Buckinghamshire,

MK18 1EG, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must be employed as a teacher in a preparatory independent school and be teaching the 3 core subjects at key stage 2 and a chosen subject at key stage 3 for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable. You will be expected to have the following qualifications: A degree from a UK university or equivalent. GCSE in English Language, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. 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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