University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Pedagogy and Practice

This is a new award designed to provide those with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or those studying on a QTS-only teacher training course, with the opportunity to gain academic accreditation for their professional practice and engagement with pedagogy. Unlike other PGCE awards, this course is not linked to a specific subject or age phase but explores the core expectations of teachers, their ability to plan a curriculum and evaluate impact, and their engagement with the theory underpinning successful practice. You have access to professional studies sessions at the university, and guidance sessions for key assignments and tutorials can be provided on campus, by skype, or at your school. All elements of the course relate to your school-based professional practice.

Entry requirements

Graduates of an approved institution of higher education or validating body from a course that is recognised as being equivalent to at least a 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree. You must also have passed the equivalent of GCSE English and mathematics (grade C) and complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Evidence of having gained these qualifications must be provided at interview. must have either met Qualified Teacher Status (hold a QTS certificate) or are registered on a non-award-bearing course leading to QTS involving a period of professional practice of over 120 days.

Assessment methods

You are assessed through a 5,000-word essay, the presentation of directed tasks, and a portfolio of evidence presented within a viva voce at the end of the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

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