Study Here - Postgraduate and Professional - PGCE


Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the largest and most successful providers of postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) in the country. The University has very good OFSTED quality ratings across its Primary, 7-14, 11-18 and 14-19 provision.

The PGCE is a University based programme. The portfolio of PGCEs on offer includes programmes for those wishing to train to teach primary, 7-14, 11-18 and 14-19 age groups and in Post Compulsory education. All routes are available for full-time one year study. There is a part-time primary PGCE which takes five terms to complete, and a primary flexible, modular PGCE which can be completed over a time period of up to three years, with the length of the course planned to meet individual circumstances.

School and College Placements

The University works in partnership with schools and colleges in Kent and S.E. London. All places are dependent on the offers of placements made by schools on an annual basis. These offers take into account school staffing considerations and other factors and, therefore, the University cannot guarantee the location of school placements. Consequently students might need to undertake significant travel to their school placement or consider living close by.

Why study at CCCU?

The University is a friendly place to study and staff are very supportive. The quality of teaching is very good and tutors and schools are widely recognised for their expertise. The University has good partnerships with schools across the region and students from the University have high employability rates.

Canterbury is a lively city with great history and a multicultural future that offers easy access to London and Europe as well as being within easy reach of two London airports.

PGCE Students

The University attracts applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and experience to its PGCE courses. Approximately a third of student teachers come straight from completing their first degrees. Another significant number begin their PGCE courses after some experience in the world of work, but within a few years of graduating. Many others come as mature entrants, including some who are returning to paid employment after raising a family, and others who have decided to make a career change to teaching.

The University is strongly committed to its equal opportunities and race equality policies and is pleased to be recruiting an increasing number of student teachers from ethnic minorities. Partnership schools work closely with the University to provide good professional opportunities for student teachers with disabilities.

Whatever your background and experience, if you meet the entry requirements and are offered a place on a PGCE course, you will find many other student teachers like you at the University.