You need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to be able to teach at a school in England and all our programmes include QTS. This is a professional qualification awarded by the teachers’ professional body, the National College for Teaching and Leadership. To get QTS your teaching is judged against The Teachers' Standards. On all our programmes, it is our partner university that recommends the trainee to the NCTL for the award of QTS.
There is a separate academic qualification PGCE(M) which is included in all of our unsalaried programmes and some of our primary salaried programmes. This requires considerable time studying outside the classroom. The M is for Masters-level credits. The PGCE component of our programmes is awarded by our partner university.
The PGCE(M) is deliberately not included on some of our salaried programmes because those schools want your training to be more focussed on practical classroom experience.
All teacher training programmes (whether ‘PGCE (M) + QTS’ or ‘QTS only’) provide a minimum of 24 weeks in at least two schools to give you practical classroom experience
You do not need PGCE to teach in England, but as an academic qualification it is recognised internationally. If you want to be able to teach abroad, you may need to get a PGCE.