PGCE Education (Secondary)Find a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
|Course length||One year full-time|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Dependent on allocation set by the NCTL|
|Start date||September 2016|
The Graduate School of Education is an OFSTED 'Outstanding Provider' and offers a one year programme for graduates leading to the award of PGCE. It caters each year for approximately 200 student teachers training to teach in secondary schools and works in partnership with approximately 70 local schools and colleges; student teachers spend two-thirds of the PGCE year on placement in at least two schools.
The Graduate School of Education is also working with two local school alliances supporting School Direct - non-salaried (with PGCE). We welcome applications from graduates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Usually two-thirds of our students are graduates of universities other than Bristol. The programme is approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In its February 2011 report, OFSTED commented that we recruit students who have the "suitable attributes to develop into very effective teachers who are easily employed both locally and further afield".
Successful completion of PG Certificate in Education will give students 60 credit points at Masters level.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
Funding for 2016/17
The NCTL offers bursaries for UK/EU students; for further details please see www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding.aspx. The University offers a bursary for UK and EU students; this may be liable to change in line with the NCTL bursary. Please see the Graduate School website for further information.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The programme is a minimum of 36 weeks in duration and starts in early September. Its structure may be most conveniently described in terms of three major components, though the timetable and approach underline the intention that they are strongly interrelated. These are:
- Curriculum Studies - main subject specialism
- Educational and Professional Studies
- School Experience
The main subjects offered are:
- Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian in specific combinations only)
- Religious Education
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Prior to admission to the programme, all students are required by the Department for Education to have:
- at least GCSE or 'O' level at grade C or an equivalent overseas qualification in English and Mathematics;
- a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.
It would be helpful if applicants to the PGCE at Bristol could book their Skills Tests as soon as they have made their UCAS Teacher Training application and confirm the date of the tests to us. Candidates will be at an advantage if they have passed the tests by the time they are interviewed.
NB: Equivalence tests for GCSEs will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Such applications will be assessed and reviewed by the Subject Tutor, Programme Director and PGCE Administration Manager
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Selection process||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
The application cycle will open in November each year. We welcome applications throughout the year but early application is advised.
All applications are made online through UCAS Teacher Training at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training. Tel: 0871 468 0469
The programme is approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.
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Get in touch
Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4492 Email: email@example.com
Graduate School of Education
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol BS8 1JA http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/study/initial-teacher-education/pgce-university/