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Your PGCE begins at King’s  

Studying your Postgraduate Certificate in Education at King’s means you’ll be supported to become a teacher and taught by world-leading academics in the heart of London. Our campus is minutes from Waterloo station with extensive transport links and access to landmarks and cultural institutions that are incorporated into your PGCE training.  

This initial teacher training (ITT) programme will lead you to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for teaching in secondary schools (ages 11-16 for all subjects except for Latin with Classics ages 11-18). You’ll be welcome in our diverse and vibrant student community to network and build connections for your future successful career within education

Our teaching approach is informed by leading research 

King’s is 1st in London for education research (REF 2021). 

We have been training and supporting teachers for over 120 years at King’s and have developed world-renowned excellence in our training methods. Our committed team of PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and highly experienced in teacher training. You’ll be provided with a clear, thoughtful, and critical introduction to teaching, informed by the leading education research carried by the academic community.  

How we support you at King’s 

Develop the relevant skills for teaching in the classroom. 

We equip you with the latest research knowledge so you can become a dynamic classroom teacher with the vital skills to be successful. Our facilities where you’ll learn are set up as a classroom environment, so you’ll start gaining experience from day one.  

Our programme is rated as outstanding by Ofsted and is designed so you can reach the highest levels of success in your teaching profession.  You can download and read the Ofsted inspection here.  

Connect with a community of London schools for a teaching placement that suits you.

As a teacher trainee in the heart of London, you’ll have access to around 200 schools across the city and the wider area, all working in partnership with King's. You will complete approximately 120 days on placement, teaching a diverse range of pupils. Throughout the programme you’ll receive support from your tutor at King’s as well as a mentor at your assigned school.

Become a teacher and build upon your career in education.  

95% of our PGCE trainees who applied for teaching posts after graduation were employed as Early Career Teachers (ECTs) at schools in the UK and abroad (JISC Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023). You’ll benefit from our network of schools even after your placement as many schools actively contact King’s for recruitment of current trainees throughout the academic year.   

Courses to support you throughout your career 

Once you have successfully become  a teacher, we also offer other excellent courses in Education if you are keen to pursue your academic knowledge or expertise. These courses include STEM Education MA, Education MA, Education Management MA, and Education Policy and Society MA.  

We also offer School Direct (non-salaried) programmes in all our subjects. 

What do our students say?

Over 90% of PGCE trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good in the 2021 DfE survey.

Click to play the video and watch a former PGCE student talk about their experience on the course.

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