In addition to QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) teachers training with the MSC are eligible to opt to study for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with M level credits. Currently, the MSC works in collaboration with Bath Spa University who accredit the PGCE element of the course. 

What it involves

The everyday life of a teacher involves reviewing and evaluating the success of our actions and planning new and sometimes different approaches as a consequence. Studying for a Master’s level qualification involves critical reflection and analysis which takes this thinking a step further. It involves ‘stepping back’ and viewing educational issues in a broader and more objective sense. 

The Bath Spa PGCE involves the completion of three written assignments throughout the training year, two of 3500 words and one of 7000. The first assignment is due in October and is launched during MSC induction days in July, giving trainees time to engage in reading over the summer period. Assignments 2 and 3 are due in January and April respectively. Each assignment aims to extend a trainees understanding

PGCE available to all trainees 

of a key aspect of school life. The research for the assignments will require trainees to engage in some in-depth analysis of professional practice and provide an opportunity to develop their critical thinking and ability to question their professional experience. The ideas encountered in research and reading will link to trainees' experiences within the context of their professional QTS programme and will have a direct impact on their practice as a developing teacher. Trainees are asked to complete a reflection on their performance in each assignment and include some thoughts on how the learning has impacted on their professional practice in the classroom and beyond. Assignments are assessed at level 7 on a pass/fail basis.


Guidance for assignment completion as well as the requirements of level 7 writing skills is incorporated into the MSC’s professional training programme. Trainees are also allocated a Bath Spa assessor who will provide feedback on assignment planning documents and draft sections. 1-2-1 tutorials with MSC staff are also available to trainees to provide further guidance if requested. 


Trainees that have all three PGCE assignments successfully assessed at level 7 (Master’s level) will be awarded a PGCE in addition to QTS; there are up to 60 M level credits awarded for the PGCE which can be used towards the qualification of Master in Education at a later stage in the teacher’s career. If a trainee fails an assignment twice at Level 7, they can discuss, with their Bath Spa tutor, the possibility of transferring to the Level 6 PrGCE qualification.

Paying for the PGCE

For fee-paying trainees the PGCE is included in the total course fees. If trainees decide to opt out of the PGCE aspect, they will be refunded the costs of the PGCE.

For salaried trainees, the PGCE is charged as an addition. This can be paid for by the trainee or employing school (school funded route).