The King's PGCE is an initial teacher training (ITT) programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for teaching in secondary schools (ages 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.
Our graduates have excellent prospects: 96 per cent of those who graduated in 2017 who sought teaching posts were employed within six months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact King’s to try and recruit current trainees throughout the academic year.
Key benefits of studying a PGCE at King's
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. The School of Education, Communication and Society at King's is rated second in the UK for education research output (REF, 2014). This means that we 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.