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What is a QTS?

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a professional qualification awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) when a person can:

  • demonstrate understanding of the Core Content Framework and how to show this in their teaching
  • meet all the Teachers’ Standards 

QTS is required in England to teach in a state school that is under local authority control and in special schools. It is most commonly gained alongside, or as part of, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification.

What is a PGCE?

A Postgradate Certificate in Education (PGCE) can give you a deeper understanding of teaching practices, educational research and theory than a QTS. We are proud to be partnered by Bath Spa University so that we can offer you the award of PGCE (Masters level) as well as QTS on completion of your training. As well as the increased confidence the academic training of a PGCE gives you, it is an internationally recognised qualification - so if you ever wish to teach in Scotland, Northern Ireland or other countries you will need your PGCE qualification. 

Both the QTS and PGCE are interlinked to ensure they fully compliment each other, supporting your development and progress to become a highly skilled practitioner. The PGCE breaks down into realistic assignments, carefully placed over the year, to allow for practical research in your own classroom and reflecting on your own practice, and carries 60 Master's level credit. The support provided by Bath Spa University will be excellent throughout the year.

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