Taught course



Entry requirements

• An English degree (or equivalent) or in some circumstances, a related subject with other literary/linguistic/theatre background. • Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE (an equivalency test is available from the university). • Successful completion of National College for Teaching and Leadership Skills Tests.

Months of entry


Course content

GITEP is a unique collaboration between all the secondary schools in Gloucestershire and the University of Gloucestershire. GITEP offers PGCE, QTS, School Direct and School Direct Salaried routes into teaching.

The GITEP programme is designed to recruit, train and retain the best teachers for our partnership schools. Almost 100 trainees completed the programme last year and all are employed in schools, well over half within our partnership. Employment and completion rates are both well above the national average. Partner schools include some of the highest performing schools in the country, selective schools, comprehensive schools, single sex schools, large urban schools and small rural schools.

Trainees on all routes spend most of their time in schools and the majority of trainers are serving teachers.

Trainees meet the Subject Leader on a weekly basis to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of English. This provides an opportunity to learn from the Subject Leader, visiting experts and each other, sharing highs and lows, resources and lesson ideas. Sessions normally take place at the Subject Leader's school on a Thursday afternoon.

Teaching starts at the 'Parent' placement school following a short period of Professional Studies. Trainees will return to this school in the summer term, having undertaken a 'Twin' placement during the spring term. Trainees work closely with a mentor in each school, learning and developing the skills of planning lessons, teaching and assessing students and how to maximise English.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.

Fees and funding

UK students
PGCE - £9,000 QTS - £8,000

Funding is available through the Student Loans Company.

Training Bursaries are available in some subjects.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Kate Brockbank