Awards & Qualifications


The perfect mix of practical training and academic study

When you successfully complete your initial teacher training with Educate we recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which means you’re eligible to teach in all schools in England and Wales.

We also offer you the exciting opportunity to add a school-based Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the same time.

Whatever route you take, you’ll benefit from Educate’s personal support and ongoing career guidance.


Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allows you to teach in any school in England and Wales. It is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

It is a standard national designation and, as an accredited training provider, we recommend you for QTS upon successful completion of your teacher training.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

The PGCE is an academic qualification you can obtain in addition to, and alongside, your QTS.

It is awarded by Leeds Beckett University and you can use the 60 Masters’ credits gained towards a full Master’s degree at a later date. If you want to teach abroad the PGCE is a requirement.

We offer you the exciting opportunity to complete school-led training leading to QTS and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the same time

This means you get the best of both worlds – practical and effective school-led training with an academic qualification on top.

If you decide to study for a PGCE you’ll need to pass the three programme assignments at Level 7.  These are:

  • The School-based Independent Study
  • The Developing Subject Competence assignment
  • The Professional Values and Practice assignment

Adding the PGCE costs an additional £2,000, which is not eligible for a student loan.

If you choose the PGCE option you will:

  • be a student of Leeds Beckett University;
  • be eligible to join the Leeds Beckett University SU;
  • have access to all facilities provided by the university;
  • have access to the extensive library resources at Leeds Beckett, including those online;
  • have specific study skills training;
  • be offered PGCE tutorials and advice;
  • have the opportunity to send in drafts of your work before submission;
  • be invited to the Leeds Beckett University graduation ceremony on successful completion.

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