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The King's PGCE is an initial teacher training (ITT) programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for teaching in secondary schools (ages 11-16 for all subjects except Latin with Classics which is 11-18). The committed team of PGCE tutors provide a clear, thoughtful and critical introduction to teaching, drawing on leading education research carried out at King's.

The programme is rated as outstanding by Ofsted and is the prime choice for those who want to reach the highest levels of success in the teaching profession. We strongly welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities.

Key benefits of studying a PGCE at King's

Our graduates have excellent prospects: 95% who sought work as an ECT were employed by a school at the time of completing the course in June 2023. Many schools actively contact King’s to try and recruit current trainees throughout the academic year. 

Experience – King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.

Reputation – King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded 'Outstanding'. You can download and read the Ofsted inspection here. We also equip trainees with the latest research knowledge so they can become dynamic classroom teachers.

Location – based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into PGCE training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.

School Partners – as a trainee based in the heart of London you will 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 will receive support from your tutor at King’s as well as a mentor at your assigned school.

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

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