Initial Teacher Education

Following the Ofsted inspection in February 2011, the Bristol PGCE was awarded 'Outstanding Provider Status'.

The Graduate School of Education works in partnership with local schools, colleges and academies to deliver three teacher training routes. These all lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion of PG Certificate in Education will also give students 60 credit points at master's level.

Key aims

All Initial Teacher Education partnerships with the University of Bristol aim to develop teachers to become inspiring and outstanding subject practitioners in a wide range of schools and to prepare them for leadership roles in the future.

Our partnerships, which integrate training and education in school and university are committed to contributing to ongoing school improvement and to raising pupil attainment.

Key principles

In order to achieve our aims, the work of our partnerships is based around supporting the development of critically reflective practitioners. Our perspective on learning is that the education of teachers has three clearly identifiable phases: induction, assimilation and extension. To support this overarching framework, we have clear partnership values which underpin our work:

  • School and university staff work in close collaboration on an agreed, integrated, coherent programme which supports our aims.
  • We develop teachers who are excellent subject specialists.
  • We develop teachers who are potential leaders in the profession.
  • We expect our teachers to go beyond understanding the context of one school or locality.
  • We develop teachers who use reflection to develop commitment to their own teacher identity.
  • We value the role that research plays in training and educating teachers because it enables teachers to see ‘the bigger picture’, work in different contexts and integrate research and practice.
  • We believe in doing and using research to underpin teacher education at all levels.
  • We consider it vital that teachers study for an academic qualification (ie, PGCE) as well as Qualified Teacher Status.
  • We consider the ITE year as the beginning of the professional learning that teachers will continue throughout their careers.
  • We value collaborative learning and working with different people in different contexts.

Key entry requirements

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.  Equivalences for the most common overseas qualifications we deal with can be found at: ‌GCSE Maths and English qualifications (PDF, 111kB)

All candidates must have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before starting the course. Tests slots can be booked on the skills tests booking site.

All candidates need to be interviewed, in person, in Bristol.  We do not conduct interviews via Skype. 

In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, applicants should be familiar with our Competence standards (PDF, 112kB), which are based on the Department for Education’s Teachers' Standards (PDF, 180kB).

Apply online to UCAS Teacher Training

Applying for ITE

What candidates want to know when applying for ITE.

Application Workshop Bristol

Come and see representatives from the University of Bristol on 25th April and get support and guidance on your application, from 5:30pm - 8pm. Sign up at Application Workshop Bristol

School Taster Days

School Taster Days are an ideal opportunity to spend time in a state secondary school, gaining invaluable experience to strengthen your PGCE/School Direct application.

Excalibur is holding School Experience Days. Please see further details on their flyer Excalibur School Experience Days (PDF, 455kB)

North Somerset Teaching Alliance will be holding School Taster Days monthly from November to June.  For full details, please see NSTA Taster Days (PDF, 2,576kB)

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School is holding School Taster Days on 22nd November; 19th January; 22nd March; 9th May and 28th June. SMRT flyer (PDF, 212kB)

Contact us

Initial Teacher Education (PGCE, School Direct and TeachFirst) Office
Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4492

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

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