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About the Cambridge 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.

Your Cambridge experience starts here

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 qualified trainees go on to positions of school leadership very quickly. We consistently receive outstanding feedback from our trainees on course evaluations.

Outstanding teacher education

Our benefits are:

  • Well-established and diverse school partnerships with state secondary, primary and early years settings
  • Exceptional employment rates for our Early Career Teachers
  • The stimulation of being a part of a group of high-attaining future leaders in education
  • Experienced research and active subject specialists in the Faculty
  • Highly qualified and experienced expert teaching staff 
  • 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.

lectureMy Cambridge PGCE

Don't just take our word for it - let our trainees tell you about the benefits of teacher education at Cambridge.

Learn more with My Cambridge PGCE - find blogs written by our trainees and watch our short videos of our students sharing their experiences. We'll be adding more stories here as the year continues, so do check back.

Student studyingProgression to a one year MEd

Our 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. 

JoTTER WebsiteJournal 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're a valuable resource for trainees and teachers alike.

ofstedWe are outstanding

Our latest Ofsted report (published in November 2018) rates teacher education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, as outstanding.

We are the number one teacher training provider in England in the 2017 Good Teacher Training Guide.

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