School of Education

About the PGCE

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

Course duration

One year, full-time, from early September to the end of June.

Course content

Taught sessions

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 will follow these sessions in schools that make up the SCITT partnership.

School experience

120 days of practical teaching placements in schools (three different placements for primary and two for secondary).

Academic assessment

You will be assessed by two 30 credit level 7 assignments with the option to acquire an additional 30 credits.

Award gained

On successful completion of your course, you will gain a University of Leicester PGCE with up to 90 level 7 Masters credits (half a masters), and be recommended to the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status.

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