PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) without QTS

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Develop new teaching skills and knowledge and put them straight into practice at work with our part-time, distance learning PGCE course.

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PGCE: Who is it for? How does it support you?

Dr Steve Connolly and Ruth Platt tell us more about Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) without QTS

If you’re completing Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with a school-based partnership or are an early career teacher, our PGCE is for you.

It’s designed to boost your awareness and understanding of current educational issues, add new strings to your teaching bow, and help you improve your practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to consider where your career in primary or secondary education might go next; you could aim for a leadership role, develop expertise in a particular curriculum subject, or specialise in supporting children with special educational needs.

Please note that the PGCE (Without QTS) is an academic qualification, not a course of Initial Teacher Training.

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Outstanding student support

Students on our distance learning PGCE degree course can benefit from:

  • varied, interactive and engaging course content and activities through Canvas, our online learning management system
  • a personal tutor to help you build your skills and confidence
  • careers advice, help and resources from our Employability Service
  • the flexibility to study around your other commitments, whenever and wherever you like.


Careers in primary and secondary education can be immensely rewarding, with wide-ranging opportunities. This PGCE course allows you to consider the direction of your own career, supporting you to set yourself professional goals and giving you the knowledge and skills to achieve them.

In schools, you might work to establish yourself as a highly skilled classroom teacher before progressing to year-group or phase leadership, then to assistant and deputy headship, for example.

Alternatively, you might develop expertise in teaching a curriculum subject area, or specialise in supporting children with Special Educational Needs or challenging more able learners.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. Our PGCE helps you to frame your own professional pathway and consider further postgraduate study to support this.

For example, you could continue to study towards a full Masters degree utilising credit gained on this course, or even undertake our Professional Doctorate in Education, or School of Education and Social Care PhD. The possibilities are endless! Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

The PGCE helped Rachel develop her reflective skills, which enabled her to improve her practice and become a more effective classroom teacher. These skills were valuable in job interviews when she was asked to reflect on her teaching.

Read Rachel's case study, "How the PGCE helped me develop my reflection skills"

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Distance learning courses are a great way to study for a full degree around your existing commitments, while learning more about a subject or developing your professional knowledge.