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The University of Leicester PGCE has been designed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience you’ll need to excel at teaching in a primary or secondary school.
Both Primary and Secondary PGCE courses combine the latest thinking and research into education policy and practice with hands-on experience in the classroom – more than two thirds of your time will be spent on teaching placements in schools.

Our PGCE courses are highly rated by Ofsted and by schools themselves; in the last year of results over 93% of former students secured a teaching post before completing their course.

Trainees and former trainees place a high value on the range and depth of the training provided by the partnership, which develops their high-quality teaching.

Ofsted 2015

What do our PGCE courses cover?

Whichever course you choose and however you choose to study, your PGCE course will include the same core elements:

Key facts
Course Duration One-year, full-time, from early September to end of June.
Course content: taught sessions

These taught sessions link theory with practice and prepare you for your teaching placements and completion of your assignments.

Students following the University-led and School Direct routes follow these sessions together at the University.

Students following the School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) route, follow these sessions in schools that make up the SCITT partnership.

Course content: school experience 120 days on practical teaching placements in schools (three different placements for primary and two for secondary).
Academic assessment Two written assignments.
Award gained
  • University of Leicester PGCE with 90 level 7 Masters credits from September 2018.
  • Qualified Teacher Status

Teaching experience in schools

At the heart of our PGCE is the time you’ll spend in school developing your practical teaching skills. Two thirds of the course is devoted to teaching placements. During each placement, you’ll have the personal support of an experienced teacher, known as your mentor. It’s their role to guide and support you throughout your time in the school.

School placements are carefully chosen to enrich your development and offer a broad range of contrasting experiences. We work with more than 200 schools across the East Midlands, in city, suburban and rural locations, and in both the independent and state sectors. Placements may also include opportunities to gain experience in special schools.

Taught sessions: professional skills and subject specialism

When you’re not in school, the rest of your time on the course will be devoted to taught sessions which introduce you to the principles and theory of good teaching practice and prepare you for your placements. These take place in the School of Education and are delivered by University tutors. On the primary course, sessions cover all areas of the curriculum. On the secondary course, you’ll focus on preparing to teach your particular area of specialism.

Support during the course

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by a personal tutor who’ll meet with you regularly to provide guidance, as well as monitoring your progress. On each of your teaching placements, you’ll also be supported by a visiting University tutor whose role is to ensure things run smoothly and that you have the best possible experience.

PGCE assessment

Your progress will be assessed throughout the course by your personal tutor, with input from school-based mentors and other University tutors who deliver your taught sessions and visit you during your school placements.

You’ll also be required to complete two, 5,000-word written assignments. These are closely linked to the time you’ll spend in school and require you to reflect critically on your experience and learning during your placements.

All students on our PGCE course begin on the Masters-level route. Depending on your attainment in the written assignments, you’ll graduate with one of two awards:

  • the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which provides 90 Level 7 Masters credits; these could potentially contribute to education-based Masters programmes which may be developed by the School of Education in the future*;
  • the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which does not carry Masters level credits.

For students who meet the assessment criteria, both qualifications lead to recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

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