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Master's level study

The best of both worlds: study at Master’s level whilst training in a school

We believe that teachers should have the opportunity to practise the craft of teaching in the classroom whilst at the same time engaging with education research. Our PGDE programme (PGDipEd (QTS)) gives trainees the best of both worlds; the combination of academic rigour and immersion in school life is what makes our course special.

Trainees receive small-group teaching and individual tutorials. They have the same opportunity for intellectual exploration that university students enjoy, but not in a lecture theatre. KEC staff are practising teachers as well as Recognised Lecturers of the University of Birmingham.

KEC trainees tell us that Master’s level study has a significant impact on their teaching. It raises their game in the classroom, is rewarding and challenging in itself, and lays the foundations for future leadership.

Our PGDE programme (PGDipEd (QTS)) is accredited  by the University of Birmingham. It confers 120 credits (a standard PGCE (QTS) usually offers only 60 or 90 credits) and takes our trainees two-thirds of the way towards the MA in Teaching Studies. 



 The trainees feel that the assignments are fundamental to their development as effective teachers.


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