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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

University of Gibraltar
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Aimed at those who wish to join the teaching profession, the PGCE is an intensive full-time, one-year programme that enables students to gain an academic award at level 7. Throughout the bespoke programme, students will build evidence of professional practice mapped against the Teachers’ Standards

The course has been designed and delivered in partnership with the Department of Education in Gibraltar and seeks to provide students with the opportunity to become effective teachers in the education profession.

Admission requirements

This PGCE is designed for those who have ambition to join the teaching profession.

Typically, all applicants will have:

  • Possess minimum of a 2.1 honours degree awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants holding a 2.2 degree may be considered if they also hold significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience in the desired field.
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and presentations. Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet are expected.
  • An honours degree relevant to their subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to the subject specialism) with a minimum of a 2.1 pass for applicants wishing to teach at secondary level.
  • GCSE grade 4 and above (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in Mathematics, English and one Science subject (preferably double science).
  • Prior classroom experience is not a requirement of application nor will it be a condition of an offer for applicants that are successful at interview. However, evidence of school-based experience is desirable, so applicants are encouraged to arrange spending some time in the classroom. Other areas of relevant experience may also support an application (e.g. coaching, playgroups, voluntary work overseas). Please note students with suitable work experience in a related field will be given preference during the application process.

Additional course specific requirements:

  • have passed the Professional Skills Tests (Literacy and Numeracy);
  • complete a Vetting Check. For further information on how to obtain this from the Royal Gibraltar Police, please email;
  • complete relevant checks to ensure they have the health and physical capacity to teach.

English language requirements:

An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Resourceful Teacher

This year-long module has two aims.  First, it provides the framework for the development of the knowledge, skills,  values  and  dispositions  for  effective,  inclusive  teaching. Its  aim  is  for  students  to develop  an understanding  of  the  range  of  pedagogical  factors  that  influence  decisions  about  learning,  including  those related  to  diversity  of  learners,  concepts  in  child  development,  phases  of  learning  and  subjects,  and assessment practices. Second, it includes the practical school experience placements which form the context for developing practice and for assessing that practice.

The module draws on four themes which can be seen as lenses through which learning and teaching issues  can  be  considered.  As  such,  the  four  themes  are  delivered  in  parallel  and  based  upon  a  spiral curriculum paradigm (Bruner 1960/1977) so that students can deepen their understanding of key ideas as they blend learning from University seminars with practical learning from placements.

The four lenses are:

  • Knowledge and Understanding for Teaching
  • Constructing Learning
  • Supporting, Motivating and Managing Learners
  • Professional Practice

The Reflective and Reflexive Professional

This first semester module aims  to introduce  students  to  the  notions  of  reflection  and  reflexivity  which  are  essential  to enable  developments,  improvements  and  enhancements  in  professional  practice.  The  study  of  theoretical models  of  reflection and  reflexivity  provides  students  with a  range of  tools  with which to  engage  in  critical thinking and contemplation concerning professionalism in teaching. Students are supported to contextualise issues and to recognise factors that influence their feelings and opinions when faced with practice tensions and/or ethical dilemmas. In addition, the module aims to equip students to effectively approach and manage the complexities of professional practice in order to make informed judgements and decisions.

The Reciprocity of Professionalism

This module runs during semester two and it aims to  investigate  the many  different  forms  of  partnership  that  exist  for  teachers,  and  the children  and  families  with  whom  they  work.  Students  study  the  notions  of  partnerships  and  relationships; exploring the intra and inter professional boundaries of professional practice. They examine the dynamics of cooperative   and   collaborative   relationships;   critically   analysing   different   communication   styles   and techniques.   They  critically  examine  the  role  of  emotions  inhabiting  professional  practice  and  how this  affects  ongoing  behaviours,  relationships  and  partnerships.  Students  study  theories  of  educational leadership and management and the interface with ongoing partnerships and/or relationships when there are changes in practice.

Scholarships & funding

The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. Scholarships are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

 Please check the university website for more information.


Home Full-time: £9,250

For 2021, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees


Successful completion of the programme provides students the opportunity to:

  • Become specialised in effective pedagogy and practice in the field of education;
  • Become research-informed teachers who are able to critically engage with theory, research and literature in order to identify and evaluate concepts and ideas relevant to professional practice;
  • Become reflective teachers who understand practice in terms of research and policy and can develop capacity to improve their teaching and the learning experiences of children;
  • Develop the language and communication skills necessary to provide inclusive teaching and learning environments;
  • Demonstrate the competencies, knowledge and understanding relevant to the Teachers’ Standards, supporting progression towards professional registration in the teaching profession.

Career paths

Students undertaking the PGCE are typically those transferring to further studies from achieving an undergraduate degree and who want a career in teaching; or those who may have a degree, have worked in other fields, and want a change of career into the teaching profession.

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University of Gibraltar

The University of Gibraltar offers its students high quality, in-person teaching and UK-aligned standards in a unique, safe and multicultural location. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located at the Southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula that is often described...

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Why study at University of Gibraltar

The University of Gibraltar offers its students high-quality, in-person teaching and UK-aligned standards in a unique, safe and multicultural location. Our small class sizes, combined with the expertise of our academic staff, meaningful placements and work experience opportunities enable us to deliver an exceptional student experience, ensuring you’re getting the skills that employers are looking for. In line with the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) requirements, all University of Gibraltar degrees are regularly audited by experienced, external examiners from the UK.

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University of Gibraltar

Europa Point Campus
GX11 1AA Gibraltar

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