Course Comparison

Course PGCE (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training) BA (Hons) Education Studies
Award Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
Duration 1 year 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (with placements) (with placements)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider Plymouth Institute of Education Plymouth Institute of Education
Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • Bachelors or masters degree in a relevant subject
  • GCSE English at grade C or above or a Level 2 equivalent
  • GCSE maths grade G or above, or a Level 1 equivalent
  • Good information and communications technology (ICT) skills

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

If English is not your first language, you require: 

  • IELTS at level 7 with 7 in all four components or GCSE in English language at grade C or above.
  • IELTS at level 6 and an undergraduate degree in the UK or IELTS at level 6.5 and a postgraduate degree in the UK.

You’ll normally be pre-service and your entry onto the programme will be conditional upon the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor in the subject specialism.

Non-academic Requirements

All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Entry onto these programmes is conditional on the University identifying a suitable placement and mentor.

An interview is a pre-requisite for entry onto this programme

There is a two-stage interview process for this course. The first stage is conducted by a member of the teaching team, which includes a short presentation that you prepare and deliver and follows the format described in the link below. If successful there will be a second interview with a subject specialist tutor from the placement college. This interview is to ascertain your level of subject knowledge in the areas that you might reasonably be expected to deliver whilst on your teaching placement. Find more information about interviews in the Institute's interview pages.

A level
You need a minimum of 2 A levels

IB
24 points (with a minimum of 4 at Higher Level, subject-related profile preferred).

GCSE
Although you do not require GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics for this course, please note that if you choose to go on to study a PGCE you will require them.

Third year entry possible with a foundation degree or HND in a related subject. 

BTEC
Merit, Merit, Merit

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access
Pass of which 33 must be at merit or distinction level.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Extended entry requirements

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure

  • All offers made for this course are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

  • We also ask all applicants to complete a self-disclosure form so that the University can consider suitability for programmes that involve contact with children and vulnerable adults.  This form offers the opportunity to declare any criminal convictions prior to completing a DBS application.

  • If English is not your first language you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. If you are considering another equivalent qualification, please contact admissions.

  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.

Further information

  • Come and visit us at University open days and/or applicant days to find out more and meet some of our tutors and current students!

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.