Develop new teaching skills and knowledge and put them straight into practice at work with our part-time, distance learning PGCE course.
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.
Over the course of one year, you’ll learn about the latest educational theories and how they impact teaching policy and practice in England, and how to create appropriate learning resources for children.
You’ll collaborate with your peers, learning from observation and feedback, critically reflecting on your experiences in the classroom, and demonstrating how you’ve deployed your new skills and knowledge at work.
You’ll begin to establish a professional network by working alongside other like-minded teachers on the course, and establish a secure foundation upon which to build a highly successful career ahead in education.
You’ll also engage in a work-based professional enquiry, developing specialist expertise in an area of teaching and learning that interests you.
We use the latest technology to make your experience of studying with us varied, rich and interactive.
As a PGCE student at ARU, you’ll study through Canvas, our online learning management system, which can be accessed from your phone, PC or tablet. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates. You can also submit assignments online.
Crucially, Canvas lets you learn alongside like-minded teachers, as you further your career in education.
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Students on our distance learning PGCE degree course can benefit from:
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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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