PGCE at Leicester

Join our PGCE programmes and learn how to inspire young minds at one of the top 10 universities for Teacher Training in the UK.
“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why”
– Bernard Baruch
What will you inspire a young mind to ask?

You've already been inspired to take on this challenge - to be a positive role model for children and young people and help them reach their potential. Our job is to inspire you and help you reach yours.

Our PGCE programmes

We offer the following PGCE programmes:

Primary PGCE

Primary PGCE - School Direct

Secondary PGCE

Secondary PGCE - School Direct

Interested in the PGCE and want to find out more? Why not come to one of our Routes into Teaching events? They're a great opportunity to speak to University tutors, school partners and former students to learn more about training to teach!

Why study PGCE at Leicester?

The latest Ofsted Inspection Report (Nov 2015) found our Primary course to be 'Outstanding' and Secondary 'Good' with many strengths. Inspectors particularly praised our leaders' "strong commitment to securing a highly skilled and professional workforce" and how the PGCE partnership "is very responsive to the views of the trainees".

I have loved this course. All of the tutors go above and beyond to help us all.

But what you'll really want to know is that you're going to be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and have years of experience themselves as teachers. We believe our teaching is inspirational when it's delivered by passionate people engaged in world-changing research, so you might also be interested to know our School of Education has been involved in education research projects for over 60 years.

Inspiring Placements

We work with over 200 primary and secondary schools in the State and independent sectors, and in city, suburban and rural settings. Because of this you’ll have the chance to develop your teaching in a wide range of contexts, including special schools. At the end of your training you’ll have the confidence to develop young minds, whatever the setting.

Great links with schools in city and county - which means brilliant placements.

Whether you choose a provider-led PGCE, Schools Direct PGCE or SCITT, we’ll make sure you have access to the very best, and most inspiring, practising teachers – participating in their seminars, observing them in the classroom, or being guided by them during your placements.

My tutors provided me with outstanding training and support...

providing me with the skills I needed to excel in my first year of teaching.

Personal Tutoring

Becoming a teacher won’t be a lonely journey here.

You’ll have the support of a range of tutors, and the confidence this brings, throughout your studies. We’ll make sure you have the right support at the right time – whether that’s at university, in school or within your own specific discipline.

Become Job Ready

The University of Leicester PGCE is recognised and respected by employers…standing you in good stead to find a job.

Our courses are developing the kind of teachers schools tell us they want to employ.

We will support you in applying for teaching posts, and the mock interviews we include as part of the course have directly resulted in job offers for our students.

With 95% of our students achieving Good or Outstanding teacher grades at the end of their course, it’s no wonder that 93% of our former students have secured a teaching post within 12 months of graduating.

What kind of teacher do you want to be? Your journey to inspire young minds starts here.

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