The PGCE Top-up course enables you to achieve the academic award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) if you have already successfully completed a Graduate Teacher Programme, or School Direct programme and gained Qualified Teacher Status without the academic award. This PGCE is accredited by the General Teaching Council Scotland which means on successful completion you will have met the requirement to be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher in Scotland. If you are interested in doing this, information about the rest of the requirements for registration can be found on the GTCS website. In addition, QTS holders in the UK and internationally will benefit from this one year programme, designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers.
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This course enables academic study alongside full-time teaching. It consists of formal taught sessions with tutors held at weekends or during the mid-term breaks. We also deliver teaching through online sources, which you can access anywhere, at your convenience through our Virtual Learning Environment, NILE. You will also have access to the library and a tutor, who will be available to help in person, via email and over the phone.
This course is designed to support your professional development, embedding academic studies in the context of your work. You will enhance your QTS by studying modules at Masters’ level to gain the PGCE qualification. It will give you a deeper understanding of teaching and learning to enhance your practice and help you on your way to a Masters’ degree and beyond if you wish to progress this further.
Course modules (17/18)
Autobiographical Educational Experience, Theories and Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Module code: ITTM001
- Core module Y
PGCE School Experience Research Project (30 credits)
- Module code: ITTM002
- Core module Y
PGCE Professional Portfolio (60 credits)
- Module code: ITT3047
- Core module N
This is an Accredited Prior Learning Module. The requirements for this are sent following successful application. Once portfolios are evaluated full registration to the programme can be completed.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
The entire course consists of 18 hours of interactive, taught sessions, involving activities and discussions. They are split over three days, generally in October, January and April. You should also expect to do six to 10 hours of private study each week.
Minimum of three conference days (one per term) over one academic year.
You will have a variety of assessments, submitted throughout the year. They will include reflective pieces of writing, essays and a small-scale research project.
Facilities and Special Features
This course is delivered online, with only three face-to-face days. It is therefore possible to study on this course even if you live some distance from Northampton.
Most PGCE top-up students will already be professional teachers, however this qualification will allow you to teach in other countries, subject to their own regulations, and opens up opportunities for career progression such as leadership and management.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
To study this course, you will first need to submit an online application. If your application meets our requirements, you will then be invited to submit a portfolio and we will send you the details of the requirements for this. Overseas applicants will be interviewed electronically or on the telephone. UK applicants will not routinely be interviewed, as the portfolio will provide enough information.
To apply for this course, please choose the age range you would like to teach:
If you have any further questions about this course, please contact email@example.com with ‘PGCE Top-up’ in the subject line.
You must have QTS status through the Graduate Teacher Programme or School Direct route and an assessed professional portfolio. This portfolio must include:
- evidence of your QTS and how you have met the Teaching Standards
- demonstration of your commitment to CPD
- support for your application from your Head Teacher
Further information about the full contents of the portfolio will be sent to you when you apply.
Applicants should normally be currently teaching in a school whilst participating in the course. If you are not currently teaching your application will be considered on a case-by-case basis; individuals in this situation must be able to find a school in which to undertake small-scale classroom based enquiry for the second module of the course. We are happy to discuss this with individuals.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Although there are no additional costs for this programme, there is a considerable amount of self-study, so you will need access to a computer and the internet. While our library has the required texts, you may find it easier to access ebooks, for which you need internet access.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.