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Our Vision for Excellence

The University of Bath PGCE is committed to the recruitment and development of high calibre teachers. At the heart of our program is the partnership between the University and schools, which works to deliver collaboratively teacher training of the very highest standard. Our aim is to produce confident and highly skilled teacher, who have pupil learning at the core of their practice. We expect commitment, dedication and enthusiasm; in return we will provide excellent support and guidance, enabling each teacher to fulfil his or her potential as an outstanding teacher for the future.


Dear Trainee Teacher

You are about to begin an intensive 36 week programme which will begin your journey into becoming a teacher. There is a lot to learn in the PGCE course both in terms of the knowledge and skills in becoming a teacher and through experience in the classroom as you put into practice that learning.  All of the staff involved with the PGCE programme in the University and in our partner schools are committed to supporting you so that you achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a University award (either the Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Masters level or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at Honours level).

Your commitment to the course is crucial. We expect that you will display the highest possible professional standards and, in all that you do, you will safeguard the pupils/students and colleagues that you will be working with. The course is challenging and demanding and you are encouraged to discuss openly your development and progress with your colleagues in schools and the University.

On behalf of the Partnership - the university and our partner schools - we hope that you will have an enjoyable, rewarding and successful academic year.

Andrew Hibbert
PGCE Director of Studies
On behalf of the PGCE in Partnership Programme


Important Note for 2013/14 Programme

As you are aware, the University is currently considering the future of the PGCE beyond 2013/14. We are committed to ensuring that these discussions do not impact on the quality of your experience this year. If the University decides to withdraw the PGCE it would be with effect from September 2014. Nevertheless, we would still hope to offer opportunities for students to complete or retrieve failed course components during 2014/15 if necessary, subject to agreement by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.


The PGCE Course Handbook

This PGCE Course Handbook (often referred to as 'the Green Book') contains general information about the course and its assessment. You will need to refer to it throughout the course and it should provide you with answers to common questions from previous trainees as well as information from the university which you should know.

The Course Handbook is available on-line at The left-hand navigation panel will take you to the main sections of the handbook and there are also links to the Education and Professional Studies handbooks and the individual Subject Didactics handbooks.  The 'Additional Information' section of the wiki contains some information which is in the printed handbook in Appendices but also has some other pages which you may need to refer to in particular circumstances.

Search this wiki (select PGCE Course Handbook in drop-down menu):

PGCE Office Tel:

01225 386225 or 383435




University switchboard

01225 388388


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Department of Education, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA27AY

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