The postgraduate community is a vibrant and welcoming community, comprising around one fifth of the University’s student population across our three sites in Kent.

Professor Susan Millns, Dean of the Graduate College

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    Do you love your subject, but want the breadth of teaching that primary teaching offers? Do you love working with the primary age range, but also want to develop a specialist subject which will enable you to teach in both primary and secondary schools? If so, then this may be the PGCE course for you.

    The PGCE 7­-14 trains teachers to teach in both primary and secondary schools. It will train student teachers to be:

    • Primary subject specialists who can also teach across the curriculum at a time when many primary schools are utilising subject specialists in their timetabling and teaching at Key Stage 2
    • Secondary subject specialists with a sound knowledge of primary practice, matching the direction in which curriculum at Key Stage 3 is travelling
    • Specialists who can teach across the whole age range (e.g. as required in international or independent schools)
    • Understand and manage transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
    • Flexible enough to move between phases of education.

    Initial Teacher Education placements statement

    We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised. 

      All about the course

      The PGCE 7­-14 at Canterbury Christ Church University offers the greatest range of specialist subject options for this kind of course in the country. There are nine specialist subject pathways available: English, Computing, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science.

      All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Subject Pedagogy, Professional Practice and Research and Enquiry in Education. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

      Note when applying

      When you press apply, you will be taken to the government 'Apply for teacher training' website where you can select and apply for the subject area of your choice at Canterbury Christ Church University. It's very straightforward, but it's also worth noting the course codes for each of the options we offer to ensure you are applying for the correct one:

      • Art and Design (Course code: 2VQV)
      • Computing (Course code: 33D3)
      • English (Course code: XQC3)
      • Geography (Course code: XFC8)
      • History (Course code: XVC1)
      • Mathematics (Course code: XGC1)
      • French (Course code: XRC1)
      • French with German (Course code: XRDC)
      • French with Spanish (Course code: XRDD)
      • Spanish (Course code: XRC4)
      • Spanish with French (Course code: XRDK)
      • Spanish with German (Course code: 2VTK)
      • Music (Course code: 2MLQ)
      • Physical Education (Course code: XCC6)
      • Religious Education (Course code: XVC6)
      • Science (Course code: XFCA)

      Entry requirements

      An honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2) standard, with 50% of degree modules related to the PGCE subject is preferred. However, candidates with a C or above at A level in the PGCE subject and with other relevant experience in an education setting, will also be considered.

      English, maths and science at GCSE (Grade C or above) or equivalent.

      Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Hons Degree

      How you’ll learn

      University time is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Tutors model methods that they would expect students to adopt in school. School placements demand full attendance in school during each day, Monday to Friday, with additional time devoted to assessment and preparation. You will need to make arrangements to ensure you can be in school by 8.15am at the latest.

      Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

      Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.

      How you’ll be assessed

      Students will be assessed in two main ways ­via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

      Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

      Your future career

      The PGCE Secondary (7-14) offers you a wide choice of routes into teaching as it covers a range of ages and subjects. You can apply for a wide range of teaching posts and other education-based employment.


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time N/A N/A

      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases. Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

      Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

      Further information

      20% PGCE Alumni Discount

      Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2022-23, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship.

      Read the Terms and Conditions

      Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

      Subject bursaries are available in:

      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Maths
      • Computing
      • Languages
      • Biology
      • Geography

      You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course

      If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

      Scholarships of up to £26,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

      Subject scholarships are available in:

      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Maths
      • Computing

      View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

      Changes to the professional skills test

      The Government have announced that the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy will no longer be an entry requirement for applicants to initial teacher training applying to start from September 2020 entry. The tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will demonstrate competence against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their training.

      At Christ Church we will offer tools for trainees to track their current competence and self-study activities to support trainees in updating any gaps in their knowledge. In order to begin to assist trainees in identifying any gaps, short English and maths activities will be embedded into our interview process.

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