About teacher training

Why choose us?

UEL is one of London's leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. 

Capitalising on our east London location, we've earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.

The School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject-specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.

Our courses and training


Find out more about our Teacher Apprenticeship course.

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School Direct

School Direct is a school-led teacher training route, where participating schools recruit and select their own trainees.

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PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills through hands-on teaching practice, completing written assignments to show your understanding of the principles of teaching.

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Extended degree

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As part of your initial teacher training course you'll submit two Master's level assignments.  The 60 Master's level credits from these assignments is transferable, and can contribute towards a full MA award.  We’re keen that you continue to engage with research after you complete your initial teacher training with us.  

We offer you the opportunity to gain further M level credits through reflecting on your experiences during your teaching practice, NQT year or as a more established teacher.  You can submit a portfolio and have this assessed against the learning outcomes of the MA in Education programme and be awarded a 30 credits towards the Master's degree (or an intermediate award of a PG Certificate or PG Diploma).  You could then complete your MA in Education or in Special Educational Needs, through UEL.

What we're researching

The Teacher Education Research Group (TERG) offers a forum for informed debate and discussion on all aspects of teacher education, and promotes the work of this dynamic group of teacher educators and researchers.  The group aims to produce excellent and high quality research with national and international significance for the development of learning and teaching in teacher education, both pre- and in-service.

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Facilities and resources

UEL provides a wide range of modern facilities to enable you to study and learn effectively. On the Stratford and Docklands sites we have excellent library services and helpful supportive librarians. Students are encouraged to network with each other and both sites provide ample opportunity and spaces for this to be achieved. There is a dedicated 'one stop' information and guidance service at each campus -The Hub- offering wide support and advice, coupled with a dedicated proactive study skills team who work with students to nurture their academic skills.

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