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Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Course Description

We understand that practice is your main priority, that's why we have designed this online course that enables you to study wherever and whenever you want.

Training to become a teacher is one of the most challenging things you will ever do. With this in mind, we planned this course to fit around your other professional commitments with assessments that are relevant to your working life. Designed for teachers who currently work in, or are on placement in, primary or secondary schools, our goal is to provide the academic foundation for a rewarding and successful career in teaching. We offer outstanding support tailored to your professional development needs including our dedicated distance learning technical hub, personalised attention from tutors and online forums, and many opportunities to network through our professional learning communities.

Education and how to achieve more in schools is often up for debate at a local and national level - the ability to analyse new initiatives and understand governmental policy is instrumental for committed teachers who want to help their schools and their students. You will also engage with these important governmental and sector wide policies, analyse theoretical, pedagogical and policy discourse and debates, and gain a critically, research-informed perspective on what is happening in education.

We work with School Centred Initial Teacher Training providers (SCITTs) to offer our PGCE. In the coming year we will be working with Wakefield Regional Partnership for ITT and Rochdale Pioneers Partnership.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pgce_distancelearning

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Completion of a PGCE can help you to gain promotion to a leadership position in your school and give you the foundation and support to be a more confident, knowledgeable and research-informed teacher. By analysing the governmental policies shaping the industry and the challenges it faces, you will be able to think critically about how these issues apply to your own practice and school.

- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Primary Education Adviser

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will gain a critical, research-informed appreciation of the education sector as a whole and understand the challenges that schools face across the sector. The course allows you to focus on the specific context of your practice, with assignments that can be tailored to whole school priorities, government agenda and subject specialist teaching.

Core Modules

Professional Values & Practice
By exploring what makes a successful teacher, you can reflect on the ways an effective learning environment can benefit pupils and their learning.

Developing Subject Competence
Explore a relevant subject in detail in order to plan, deliver and assess content in your specific setting.

School-Based Independent Study
An opportunity to undertake a project to develop a specific area of study for your future work, making you more successful in your school.

Dr Alison Iredale

Senior Lecturer

"I have a huge passion for social media in education and am an avid tweeter, curating and networking on behalf of my students and colleagues. This course is based on an ethos of participation, using the benefits of a range of social media tools, and I believe that this is crucial to the professional development of teachers."

Alison specialises in the areas of education studies, teacher education, professional development, technology-enhanced learning, and teacher development and enquiry. Her research interests range from professional knowledge and practice, work-based learning, philosophy of education, political philosophy, action research and technology in education. Her own professional values are based around a clear ethos of student first and foremost.


- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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