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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), one-year, full-time course leads to a PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status) with 90 Masters level credits.
The programme runs for 38 weeks and includes at least 120 days on placement in schools and 60 days spent at the University. We work in partnership with secondary schools across Norfolk and Suffolk and the course is available through both UEA or with one of our School Direct partners.
This is an interesting, often very demanding but tremendously rewarding age group to work with as pupils mature from early adolescence to adulthood. The course is designed to equip you to teach your main subject and to make an effective contribution to the work of schools beyond your subject.
The UEA partnership scheme has attracted national and international attention for its successful close inter-weaving of school and university-based work. It provides you with the opportunity to engage in the systematic study of theory and current good practice both in schools and in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA.
In University League Tables, UEA has been consistently ranked as one of the top universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014), and we are ranked in the Top 15 in The Guardian University Guide (2015) and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2015).
Work based in schools is spread across extensive placements in two of our partnership schools, which are located across the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. This emphasis on practical teaching provides you with a broad range of teaching experience in different schools.
University-based sessions will be held in Norwich, a location which is widely regarded as one of the most attractive and friendly cities in Britain. The campus at the University of East Anglia is set in extensive parkland and the distinctive architecture is nationally acclaimed.
At university sessions you will discuss experiences with others on the course and learn more about the theory and practice of teaching. Expect to be involved in a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
We offer 11-16 years with post-16 enhancement experience PGCE in learning to teach:
Modern Foreign Languages
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Physics with Mathematics
Please see the Course Profile tab for further details about the subject options available.
Our trainees achieve a very high success in gaining employment, with many opting to stay in Norfolk and Suffolk. Career opportunities within secondary teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. Within a few years of beginning teaching many are able to gain promotion to leadership positions, either within their subject or with pastoral responsibilities. There may also be opportunities to become a Leading Practitioner, taking a leadership role in developing, implementing and evaluating policies and practice in the workplace - contributing to school improvement. After experience of middle management successful teachers can progress into senior leadership roles - Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.
The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the top teacher training institutions in the United Kingdom.
Our PGCE Teacher Training Programmes have been developed in close partnership with schools across Norfolk and Suffolk. We will provide you with the academic, professional and personal skills and competencies needed to enable you to achieve the best from your future pupils.
As a centre renowned for excellence in initial teacher education we have over 20 years of experience in training teachers. Our Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning have been consistently endorsed for their high quality (see independent Ofsted reports). Comparative quality indicators can also be viewed as published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:
PGCE Admissions Team
Telephone: +44 (0)1603 592855
Open days and events
Throughout the year, we will be hosting information sessions about how you can train to teach, and we will also be attending different events organised by the National College for Teaching and Learning which are held around the country.
International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.
View our course profile PDFs for:
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching English (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Geography (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching History (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Mathematics (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Physical Education (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Biology (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Chemistry (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Physics (PDF)
- PGCE Secondary Course Profile Teaching Physics with Mathematics (PDF)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- Degree Subject: Please see below.
- Degree Classification: 2:2 or above.
- Special Entry Requirements: Please see below.
General entry requirements are detailed on this web page. Please access the Course Profiles Tab for specific entry requirements for each Secondary subject.
Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.
Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language and in Mathematics.
*Please note: It is up to the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.
Pre-Application classroom experience
Candidates should also ensure that on their application form they are able to demonstrate that they have gained recent experience, with children of the relevant age range, in the mainstream school environment. Secondary applicants should have experience across the secondary age range, within their chosen subject.
Additional experience can also be taken into consideration, this might include experience in areas such as TEFL teaching, classroom assistant work, training of school-leavers, or private tuition. You are advised to make clear your experience on your application.
It is important for candidates to have an understanding of and reflect on how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place within the classroom prior to interview. It is recommended that you gain at least 5 days' observational experience in the classroom environment. Applicants should observe and reflect on how the teacher:
- Starts the lesson
- Structures the lesson
- Makes use of different teaching strategies and styles
- Involves pupils in the lesson
- Manages behaviour
- Works with pupils at different levels of ability and/or specific needs
- Involves support staff
- Makes use of technology and other resources
- Closes the lesson.
There are a number of ways in which classroom experience can be achieved:
Contact Your Local School
Try contacting local schools where you live to see if you are able to arrange a time to observe some lessons. You need only to have undertaken observational experience prior to submitting your application. Please note that it is at the discretion of each school as to whether they will allow visitors into their classrooms.
University Career Schemes
Candidates who are currently studying at university may be able to participate in Teaching Schemes organised by the Careers Service. For example, UEA offers Student Mentoring through the Student Ambassador Scheme, which aims to contribute towards raising the aspirations of year 9 school students, particularly those from backgrounds with no family history of further or higher education. Mentors provide students with academic and personal development support through mentoring sessions, educational activities and visits to UEA. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Knowledge of the National Curriculum, key contacts and useful links
Applications are considered on an individual basis and being able to demonstrate a strong level of knowledge about the National Curriculum and current issues affecting teaching is advantageous. These educational links will provide you with some useful points of contact to help to get you started!
Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants for the PGCE course will be required to obtain an EnhancedCriminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The enhanced disclosure will be used to assess suitability for the programme and information provided may be discussed with the external members of the School's Safeguarding Sub-Committees. Candidates are responsible for payment of the DBS fee. General information about this process can be obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service Website.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
- PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
PGCE Admissions Team
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855
Special Entry Requirements
All candidates starting the PGCE in 2015 are required to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process before starting the course.
Fees and Funding
Fees for the PGCE programme will be £9,000 for entry in September 2015, subject to approval from OFFA.
Maintenance grants (UK Students Only)
If you are normally resident in England you may be entitled to receive a Maintenance Grant. All candidates from the UK should contact Student Finance England or tel: 0845 300 5090 for full information on Maintenance Grants.
EU and International students are advised to contact the Department for Education in order to confirm what financial support may be available.
Department for Education Training Bursaries (for UK/EU Students only)
|UEA PGCE course||Degree classification||Bursary|
|Chemistry, Maths, Modern Languages||1st class||£25,000|
|English, History||1st class||£9,000|
Please contact the Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for further details.
Trainee teachers in maths, chemistry and physics with a 2:1 or first are able to apply for scholarships with the relevant subject association group. Applicants for the scholarships will be subject to a competitive process. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard Department for Education (DfE) bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2015/16.
Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) will be awarding 250 scholarships worth £25,000 to the very best candidates with potential to be an inspirational secondary maths teacher and future leader who are starting unsalaried secondary mathematics initial teacher training in England in 2015/16. Each scholarship also includes IMA membership for two years. For full eligibility criteria and application details visit www.ima.org.uk/careers/teacher_scholarships.cfm
Physics Teacher Training Scholarships
The Institute of Physics (IOP) will be awarding 150 scholarships worth £25,000 to the very best candidates starting PGCE or School Direct (non-salaried) physics teacher training in the 2015/16 academic year. To be considered for an IOP Scholarship you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level physics and the potential to become an inspirational teacher. Each scholarship also includes IOP membership and mentoring from a physics specialist to support you during your early career. Applications are now open. For the full eligibility criteria and online application form visit www.iop.org/scholarships.
Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarships
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) will be awarding scholarships worth £25,000 to the very best candidates starting PGCE or School Direct (non-salaried) chemistry teacher training in the 2015/6 academic year. To be considered for an RSC Scholarship you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level chemistry and the potential to become an inspirational teacher. Applications are now open and we encourage candidates for places on the UEA PGCE to apply. For the full eligibility criteria and online application form visit the RSC website: www.rsc.org/Education/scholarships/
Approximately £7,500 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.
Making your application
Candidates are required to apply via the UCAS Teacher Training (UCAS). This is the central "clearing house" which deals with all applications for PGCE courses across the country. There is no specified deadline for any of our teacher training courses. However, all candidates are advised to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.
You are advised to ensure that your referees are available to submit their references immediately upon request (usually electronically via UCAS Teacher Training). Your chosen institution will not receive your application until both referees has submitted their references. Please see the UCAS Teacher Training Referee Guidance for information on selection. NB: Candidates are required to supply an academic referee as their first reference if they have completed their studies in the last 5 years.
Preparing your application
Candidates are encouraged to prepare thoroughly. Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our PGCE Teacher Training Prospectus and the information available from the Department for Education and related educational establishments. These sources will help you to gain knowledge of the current issues facing teaching, specifically in the subject area for which you are applying. During interview you will be expected to be able to answer questions about these issues, and what has prompted your desire to choose teaching as a career.
Candidates are normally chosen on the basis of their application form, references and an interview.
The University of East Anglia operates an equal opportunities admissions policy. We aim to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable consideration on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief. More on equal opportunities...
See also: UEA PGCE Equal Opportunities Document
Students with a Disability (including Dyslexia)
The University welcomes students with disabilities and is working towards the provision of an inclusive environment for all its students, staff and visitors. More on disability support...
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If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
PGCE Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.