What is PGCE?

A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is an academic qualification awarded by a Higher Education Institution. It is typically awarded alongside QTS in the UK as the result of teacher training.


On successful completion of our programmes you will be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). This is the professional qualification for teachers in England and is the qualification that nearly all schools, academies and free schools expect applicants for teaching jobs to have. However, for everyone who trains with us there is also the option to add a Masters level PGCE to your programme, subject to an extra fee. 

EAST SCITT has formed a partnership with University of Buckingham, in order to support the delivery of and accredit the PGCE element for our programmes. The university has been successfully training teachers through their own programmes since 2002. In the last few years, they have formed collaborative partnerships with SCITTs, such as ours, to award the PGCE to compliment the QTS award for teacher training.

In order to gain QTS with PGCE, you will:

Undertake the full programme to gain QTS

Complete an additional assignment and unit content of which will be directed by the University of Buckingham

In order for you to gain QTS with PGCE, we will:

  • Provide you with expert facilitators, including staff from the University of Buckingham
  • Provide you with online access to the universities library /resources

Being awarded QTS with PGCE will:

  • Provide you with an internationally recognised qualification, enabling you to teach in schools beyond England, such as in Scotland or abroad.
  • Provide you with 60 Masters-level credits, should you wish to complete a Masters degree in the future