skip to primary navigation skip to content
 

FAQs

Qualifications

  1. I haven't got my GCSEs yet - can I still apply for the PGCE?
  2. Do you accept equivalency tests for English Language and Maths?
  3. Are my qualifications acceptable?
  4. Do you have to get a first class degree to study at Cambridge?
  5. What happens if I get / have a 2(II) / Third?

Applying

  1. Do you hold Open Days?
  2. When is the closing dates for applications?
  3. What is college membership, and which colleges take PGCE students?
  4. When do I find out about my college membership?
  5. Can I apply directly to you?
  6. I’m filling in the UCAS form and….
    1. I can't find Homerton in the list of institutions
    2. I can't find the Campus code
    3. I'm applying for the General Primary (X100) PGCE and it asks for a main subject
    4. Who should I put down as my referees?
    5. Is the PGCE course modular or non-modular?
  7. The UCAS track system has been updated with an offer, how do I know what the conditions are?
  8. I have a disability; how should I let you know about this?

Interviews

  1. When will I receive information about the interview?
  2. How often are interviews held? Are there specific dates?
  3. Do I have to attend an interview in person if I am overseas?
  4. Will I be able to park on site at my interview?
  5. What happens if I do not bring all of my certificates to the interview?

Disclosure & Barring Service

  1. I already have an enhanced disclosure, do I need another?
  2. Do I need to send original documents with my DBS form?

Finance

  1. How much does the PGCE course cost?
  2. Do I get a bursary? How do I apply for one?
  3. Is there any other funding available?

Course Information

  1. Can I defer my place?
  2. When does the PGCE start and finish?
  3. When will I find out about school placements? Where will they be? Can I arrange my own?
  4. Where can I live? Can I commute to complete the PGCE?
  5. What time do we start / finish each day?

Qualifications

Q. I haven't got my GCSEs yet - can I apply for the PGCE?
Q. Do you accept equivalency tests for English Language and Maths GCSEs?

A. We require you to hold GCSE passes (grade C or above) before you submit your GTTR application. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept equivalency tests or the OCR Adult Numeracy or Literacy in lieu of GCSEs.


Back to top

Q. Are my Qualifications acceptable?

A. The equivalence of overseas qualifications is determined by UK NARIC. If you are from overseas then you should contact UK NARIC, who deal with the equivalence of overseas qualifications to UK ones. The website address is http://www.naric.org.uk

If you are a UK applicant please contact us with regards to your qualifications.


Back to top

Q.Do you have to get a first class degree to study at Cambridge?

A. We welcome applicants who have, or expect to obtain, a degree class of 2.1 or above.


Back to top

Q. What happens if I get / have a 2(II) / Third?

A.  We are unable to consider applicants with a 3rd Class degree unless they have subsequent higher qualifications (eg. a PhD). Applicants with a 2.2 degree may sometimes be considered as long as you have an otherwise strong academic background and/or a subsequent higher qualification. If you have a 2.2 degree, please contact the PGCE Admissions Team before you apply so you can be given carefully considered advice.


Back to top

Applying

Q. Do you hold Open Days?

A. Yes - http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/pgce/openday/  However, the Admissions Team also offer personal one-to-one advice to applicants. You are welcome to contact us by email or phone, or to visit the Faculty to discuss your application and have a look round. If you are interested in visiting the Faculty, please contact us to arrange a suitable time.


Back to top

Q. When is the closing dates for applications?

A. The closing date for all applications is 30th June or whenever the course is full, whichever is earlier. Competition for places is extremely high so we recommend that applications are made before Christmas to avoid disappointment should a course fill early in the academic year.


Back to top

Q. What is college membership, and which colleges take PGCE students?

A. The PGCE is offered by the Faculty of Education rather than by individual colleges of the University. However, it is a University regulation that everyone undertaking a course at the University is a member of a Cambridge college. Please see: http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/pgce/applying/


Back to top

Q. When do I find out about my college membership?

A. After you are made an offer your College Application Form is sent to your first choice College for a decision. If this college cannot accept you as a member it is sent to your second choice. You will be informed both by the Faculty of Education and the College when membership of a College is confirmed.


Back to top

Q. Can I apply directly to you?

A. No. All applications for the PGCE have to be made through UCAS Teacher Training.


Back to top

Q. I'm filling in the UCAS form and;

I can’t find Homerton in the list of institutions?

A. The PGCE course is run by the Faculty of Education, not Homerton College.  The two are often confused.  Although adjacent, they are completely separate institutions.

I can’t find the Campus code?

A. The Faculty of Education does not have a Campus code. Leave this blank.

I’m applying for the General Primary (X100) PGCE and it asks for a main subject?

A. This is a generalist course and does not have a main subject.

Who should I put down as my referees?

A.  Please see: http://www.ucas.com/members-providers/teacher-training/managing-applications/reference-requests

Is the PGCE course modular or non-modular?

A.  The Cambridge PGCE courses are all non-modular.


Back to top

Q. The UCAS Track system has been updated with an offer, how do I know what the conditions are?

A. You will receive a formal offer letter from the Faculty outlining the conditions of your offer about a week after UCAS Track is updated.


Back to top

Q. I have a disability; how should I let you know about this?

A. The Faculty is committed to equal opportunities for all and to the provision of support for students with a disability. Applicants with a disability are encouraged to bring this to the attention of the Faculty's Admissions team at the earliest opportunity to enable us to provide the support you may require both at interview stage and during your course. The University's Disability Resource Centre is available to all trainees and will work with the Faculty to provide support before and during the PGCE course. 

To find out more about University support for students with a disability please follow the link below. The information is targeted at Undergraduate students but the same level of support is provided for all students at the University. 

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/support/disability/


Back to top

Interviews

Q. When will I receive information about the interview?

A. This will be e-mailed to you approximately 10-14 days before the interview.


Back to top

Q. How often are interviews held? Are there specific dates?

A. Interviews for the Primary PGCE courses generally run from December through to February. For Secondary PGCE courses one or two interview dates are arranged per month, depending upon the number of applications, until the course is filled.


Back to top

Q. Do I have to attend an interview in person if I am overseas? Can you Skype interview me?

A. The interview process consists of a number of group activities as well as an individual interview, so it is only possible to conduct the interview in Cambridge.


Back to top

Q. Will I be able to park on site at my interview?

A. Unfortunately there is no parking available at the Faculty of Education, except for Blue Badge holders. However, both the Babraham Park & Ride and an NCP car park (on the Clifton Estate) are nearby.


Back to top

Q. What happens if I do not bring all of my certificates to the interview?

A. If you are offered a place, one of the conditions of the offer will be to supply the original certificates. If you have lost the certificate you will need to contact the appropriate exam board for a replacement certificate or a Certified Transcript of Results.


Back to top

Disclosure & Barring Service

Q. I already have an enhanced disclosure, do I need another?

Q. Do I need to send original documents with my DBS form?

A. Please see our Safeguarding information


Back to top

Finance

Q. How much does the PGCE course cost?

Q. Do I get a bursary? How do I apply for one?

A.  Please see our Costs and Funding information.


Back to top

Q. Is there any other funding available?

A. Please see our Costs and Funding information


Back to top

Course Information

Q. Can I defer my place?

A. No, if you were to decline your place this year, you would need to reapply in the next admissions cycle as a new applicant. Please note, unfortunately there would be no guarantee that you would be offered a place again.


Back to top

Q. When does the PGCE start and finish?

A. In 2017-18, the PGCE course runs from 4th September 2017 to the 15th June 2018


Back to top

Q. When will I find out about school placements? Where will they be? Can I arrange my own?

A. The Faculty of Education works with a number of carefully selected partnership schools reflecting a diverse range of school types across the eastern region and you will be placed in at least two of these. Staff in these schools have undergone extensive training in supporting PGCE trainees.

  • For PGCE Primary you will be informed in September. Please see our Primary School Placements information
  • For PGCE Secondary courses you will normally be informed in July. Please see our Secondary Professional Placements information

Back to top

Q. Where can I live? Can I commute to complete the PGCE?

A. The University requires postgraduate students to live within ten miles of Cambridge city centre.  PGCE trainees who are unable to relocate to Cambridge must apply to their College for dispensation to live outside this area.  Due to the intensive nature of the PGCE course the Faculty recommends a maximum commute time of one hour.


Back to top

Q.What time do we start / finish each day?

A. You will generally be expected to be in the Faculty from 9-5 each day and when you are on school placement, you will be expected to work to school hours.


Get in touch

Join Mailing List

Apply

Open Day

Vacancies

FAQs