University PGCE

This one year programme leads to a PGCE, recommendation for QTS and 60 credits at Master's level.

On our University led PGCE route, you will receive training at the University and have placements in any of our partner schools, giving you a broad range of experiences. You'll be closely supported by a mentor and tutor during this time.


You will have three placements in at least two different schools. The location and types of schools are wide-ranging, the vast majority are either in Bristol or commutable from Bristol.  The one-week primary school placement which takes place in September must be in a school in England. 


You will receive an excellent teacher training that combines theory with practice whichever route you choose. We offer teacher training for the following subjects.

Benefits of the University-led PGCE

Outstanding Ofsted Inspection 2018

Our initial teacher education programmes have been ranked as outstanding in every category by Ofsted.

School Direct

We also offer a School Direct route into teaching. Compare the two routes to decide which one is right for you.


Find out about available funding to help you get into teaching

Contact us

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

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

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