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The PGCE (Non QTS) is for practising teachers who have gained Qualified Teacher Status and who now wish to gain the internationally recognised academic award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. 

  • Ideal for teachers with Qualified Teacher Status who are seeking academically-driven professional development and international teaching recognition

Why study PGCE (Non QTS)?

In studying the PGCE (non-QTS) you will progress your engagement with evidence-informed approaches to teaching and learning; you will draw your professional expertise to interrogate the conceptual ties between theory and practice, and you will initiate pedagogical research which will benefit pupils in your classroom. This academic qualification is concerned with practical professional development.

The course is run over one academic year; it is made up of two Masters modules and teaching takes place on weekends and in the evening. It is designed to be completed alongside your work as a teacher.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s University is rated as an outstanding provider of teacher education, and its Institute of Education staff are driven by the values of teaching excellence. Alumni of St Mary’s are leaders across the sector.

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Please note: PGCE (Non QTS) is subject to validation.

Course lead

Dr Jane Chambers headshotDr Jane Chambers
Head of Department - Secondary

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

A minimum of a second class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university (or equivalent).

Additional requirement information

Candidates must satisfy the general admission requirements of St Mary’s University as outlined in the Admissions Policy. In addition, applicants must hold:

    • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent international teaching qualification.
    • A minimum of a second class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard.
    • Practising teacher in an Ofsted-registered secondary school
    • Satisfactory reference from current Head of employing-school

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

Many graduates go on to apply for leadership opportunities within education, as well as promotion to senior leadership roles in schools.

The 60 credits gained from this Postgraduate Certificate can be put towards a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master's degree (180 credits) offered through our MA Education pathways, which includes:

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to PGCE (Non QTS) students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Each module is delivered over two days through a combination of face to face and online seminars and workshops. Tutorials are arranged separately.

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through two practice-based written assignments of 6,000 words each.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2022

  • Home: £2,500
  • International: Student visa not accepted

Part‐time fees

Part‐time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding section.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact


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