Different Qualification Outcomes
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
This is a professional qualification (just like being a chartered accountant or surveyor) awarded by the teachers’ professional body, the Teaching Regulation Agency. QTS is the the only qualification that you need, to be able to teach at a school in England. ALL our programmes include QTS.
To get QTS your teaching is judged against The Teachers' Standards. The Teachers' Standards is a single page document, easy to Google and worth looking at before interview!
Professional qualifications are not recognised abroad because they relate to the standards set by the professional body in a particular country.
Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Masters level credits (PGCE(M)
This is a separate academic qualification which is also included in all of our primary and secondary unsalaried programmes and a few primary salaried programmes. This requires considerable time studying outside the classroom but on courses that include the PGCE, you still get at least 24 weeks in at least two schools to give you practical classroom experience. The PGCE(M) component of our programmes is awarded to you by the university associated with our course. You do not need PGCE to teach in England, but academic qualifications are commonly recognised in other countries.
Why are some salaried programmes QTS without the PGCE?
The PGCE is deliberately not included in our secondary salaried programmes and some of our primary salaried programmes. This is because the schools offering these programmes want you to be training in a classroom for as much time as possible across the year. They value this approach.