PGCE Teacher Enquiry (PGCE Top-UP)

Year of entry

If you are a teacher who already holds QTS and would like to top up your qualification to the internationally recognised PGCE, this is the course for you. You may have already completed a School Direct or Graduate Teacher Programme without the academic award and want to gain Masters level credits. Twilight sessions will allow you to study alongside your existing teaching commitments.

Successfully completing this PGCE, could help further your career both in the UK and abroad. This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council Scotland which will allow you to teach in Scotland.

This PGCE programme is suitable for those teaching in Early Years Foundation Stage, Primary and Secondary schools.

You will already be a qualified teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and working in a school. The PGCE Teacher Enquiry will top up your existing qualification to help to progress in your teaching career. It is studied alongside full­-time or part-time employment.

This PGCE top-up will you allow you to gain up to 60 Masters-level credits which will allow you access to further Masters and Doctoral study.

You will study three modules (all 20 Masters level credits):

Professional Policy and Practice in Education 
You will study current developments in teaching and learning. Through your studies, you will learn how to critically evaluate how school policy and ethos have an impact on your students' learning.

Subject Pedagogy 
This module will allow you to develop your understanding of the curriculum and teaching approaches. You will concentrate on your chosen subject and age phase. Through examining research, alongside school data, and analysis of pupil progress, you will gain a deeper understanding of your subject. 

Practitioner Research in Education 
You will undertake a mini-research project in your own educational setting driven by your own interests. It is anticipated that some of these projects may contribute to your school’s improvement plan.

The PGCE Teacher Enquiry may enhance your promotion prospects and allow you to teach in other countries.  

You may continue on to study for the Masters in Education. Credits gained on the PGCE Teacher Enquiry may be used towards this with this Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

You will be taught by  supportive and passionate tutors through a variety of activities. Some of these include group seminars and lectures, tutorials, and workshops. You will examine your teaching practice to further develop yourself as a reflective, confident and successful teacher.

As you progress through the course, you will be become more research literate. Your modules will support, complement and extend your practice in school. The sessions are held at our Canterbury Campus and are run in the evenings from 6-9pm. In general, each module consists of five or six taught sessions (subject to change depending on cohort). 

A variety of assessment approaches will be used to enable you to show your knowledge, skills and understanding. These may include essays, presentations, and portfolio assessment.



2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £3,290 N/A
This course does NOT attract any funding from Student Finance.

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 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

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year part-time


  • September 2019

Typical contact hours per week

  • 3 hours per week. 6-9pm Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.

Entry requirements

  • A letter from your Headteacher supporting your application to attend

    You will need an honours degree or equivalent to gain entry to this programme.

    You will also need to hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and ideally be working in an education setting either full or part-time.



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