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About the PGCE

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I never imagined I would ever apply to Cambridge. I thought it was out of my league, that I didn't come from the right background and stood no chance. Cambridge did not seem in my realm of possibilities. But I'm so glad that I had the courage to apply.

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We provide high quality courses in both the Primary and Secondary age-range. Our trainees are always in demand from headteachers and many of our ex-trainees go on to positions of school leadership very quickly. We consistently receive outstanding feedback from our trainees on course evaluations. We are delighted to be ranked as the number one teacher training provider in England in the 2017 Good Teacher Training Guide.

Hear some of our Newly Qualified Teachers talk about the benefit of choosing a PGCE route.

Our outstanding benefits are:

Well-established and diverse school partnerships • Exceptional employment rates • The stimulation of being a part of a group of high-attaining future leaders in education • Expert staff - experienced teachers and research active subject specialists in the Faculty • An intellectual and social hub to live in, comprising College life in the dynamic city of Cambridge

School colleagues are involved in all aspects of the course from interviewing through to Faculty course teaching.

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JoTTER - Journal of Trainee Teacher Educational Research

Each year we invite the authors of the very best research assignments from the primary and secondary PGCEs to publish their work with JoTTER our very own open-access journal.

The range of articles represents the diversity of research focuses that our trainee teachers investigate and they are a valuable resource for trainees and teachers alike.

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Progression to a one year MEd

The PGCE courses are assessed at Masters level and trainees who successfully complete all examined elements of the Cambridge PGCE course can apply to undertake the part-time Master of Education (MEd) in just one year. PGCE trainees can decide if they wish to (a) go straight on to the MEd in the term following completion of their PGCE or (b) take a maximum of a two year gap between completing the PGCE and starting the MEd.  Further details are available on the Graduate section of our website. 

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