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Secondary PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status

University of Buckingham    School of Education

Full time September PGCE 1 year

About the course

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS is the accreditation that enables teachers to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England.

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Entry Requirements

You must be employed as a teacher in a secondary independent or state-maintained school and be teaching your subject for a minimum of 50% of a full timetable across two consecutive key stages. You will be expected to have a degree from a UK University (or equivalent) plus GCSE in English Language, Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).

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Student Profile(s)

Patrick Shacklady

The course introduced me to teaching techniques and classroom strategies that I was able to implement immediately.

Philip Pitcher

"The vast range of support in place ensures you grow throughout the course."


We are delighted to announce a brand new Scholarship Scheme available to schools in the state-maintained sector in Buckinghamshire.

The latest funding allocations from the Department for Education place Buckinghamshire schools in the bottom 10% of funding per pupil, and, despite rising cash amounts going into schools, spending per pupil is set to fall by 8% between 2014 and 2020. This is the first time since the mid-1990s that school funding has fallen in real terms.

In recognition of this challenging financial backdrop, the new Scholarship Scheme is offering 20 fully-funded places for school teachers and leaders in Buckinghamshire schools on the following courses:

Up to 10 places on the PGCE with QTS course (Primary or Secondary) or the Assessment Only Route to QTS (Primary or Secondary)
Up to 5 places on the Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7) in Middle Leadership course
Up to 5 places on the Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (MEd)

These qualifications represent an investment of over £100,000 in local schools.

As a leading provider of school-based teacher training in the country, all of our courses focus on the practical application of educational theory. With minimal time out of school, our courses provide frameworks for studying ‘on-the-job’ and blend distance learning with face-to-face sessions.

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The Scholarship Scheme is open to all primary and secondary schools in Buckinghamshire County Council LEA.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2018, and we anticipate announcing the successful candidates in June, ready for them to start their study in the new academic year.

Application Procedure

Please contact Sally Elvin on 01327 850388 or for more information.

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