PGCE non-Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
This course provides a straightforward route to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) award for students who have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, or are on a course leading to QTS only.
The PGCE is an academic qualification focusing on developing teaching skills. You don’t need a PGCE to teach in England, although you may find it useful as it will give you more options as your career progresses - enhancing your promotion prospects or enabling you to teach abroad.
The course is worth 60 Masters-level credits. You can use these towards a full Masters’ qualification, which you could complete at UEL.
Teach around the world
You don’t need a PGCE to teach in England, but this qualification may prove useful later in your career, when you’re looking for promotion or planning to travel and teach in another country.
This course will help you build a range of strategies for taking control of your own professional development, and improve your day-to-day practice in the classroom.
What you'll learn
Studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (non-QTS) course will involve attending seminars at UEL’s Stratford campus, and completing two Level Seven (Masters’ Level) assignments - each worth 30 academic credits.
The first assignment, Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting on Learner Progress, will require you to interrogate an aspect of your teaching environment and carry out an action research project with your learners.
The second assignment, Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism, will require you to investigate your subject specialism and assess your strengths and areas for development.
Throughout the course, we’ll support your academic writing through face-to-face seminar discussions and online forums.
The course runs during UEL’s autumn and spring terms. You will need to be recommended for QTS before you can receive the PGCE award.
What you'll study and when
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
- PG7020 Active Enquiry and Intervention Impacting upon Learner Progress
- PG7021 Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism
How you'll be assessed
For the award of PGCE (non-QTS) both modules need to be passed.Course specification
Your future career
If you are a qualified teacher who already has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but not the PGCE academic qualification QTS sometimes comes with, you will find this course useful in progressing your career. Unqualified teachers currently enrolled on a programme leading to QTS - for example under the School Direct salaried programme - can also benefit.
Having gained the PGCE (non-QTS) qualification, you might, for example, want to change jobs, or teach in another part of the UK, or even in another country. You may even decide to go on and do a Masters’ degree.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal