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Why choose Brunel for your PGCE?

At Brunel University London, we are very proud of our long-standing history in and track record for high quality partnership provision for ITE.

Indeed, Brunel University London’s predecessor colleges are some of the oldest colleges of teacher education in the British Commonwealth, with one (Borough Road College) dating back to 1798. Formal partnerships with schools date back to the 1980s, well before they were made statutory in 1992. So, over time, we have been able to evolve effective ways of integrating university- and school-based work and opportunities for professional learning. The PGCE programmes are subject to rigorous ongoing revision and development to reflect the changing nature of education in the wider context of government policy and legislation. This process is facilitated by our close working relationship with our partner schools through the Partnership Management Group (PMG), which comprises head teachers and senior teachers from partner schools and other educational contexts and members of the ITE teaching team and Partnership Development Unit (PDU). 

The Brunel University London partnership takes pride in the high level of expertise and wide range of experience of our staff at all levels, informed by an ongoing commitment to research activity in their respective fields. These are attributes that enable us to state confidently that our Student Teachers receive the best possible professional learning and leave Brunel University London prepared to embrace the challenges and reap the rich rewards of teaching in schools. The high quality of our both our primary and secondary PGCE programmes has been recognised by OFSTED as 'outstanding' in 2015, by the schools with which we work and also by our  Student Teachers. Our programme is distinctive, innovative and known to be of a very high quality. Brunel's Department of Education is ranked 2nd in London (Guardian League Table 2019).

  • PGCE Primary Education (5-11years) with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Mathematics) with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Physical Education)with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Science with Biology) with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Science with Chemistry) with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Science with Physics) with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Science with Physics with Mathematics) with recommendation for QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Education (English) with recommendation for QTS

What happens at the interview (primary and secondary):

  • PGCE Primary interview information: Here you will find details about what to expect at the interview.
  • PGCE Secondary interview information: Here you will find details about what to expect at the interview and what you need to prepare for teaching the 'mini-lesson'.

Brunel Education graduates are top UK earners - on average, Brunel Education alumni earn considerably more five years after graduating compared with Education graduates across the university sector (HEFCE).

100% of our PGCE students secured posts in schools within six months of graduation (Destination of Learners from Higher Education 2015-16).  A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high-quality Initial Teacher Education.  You will benefit from our partnerships with educational insitiutions and local schools.  Many of our students go on to work in our partner schools and many more are employed in schools where they undertook a placement.