Teach Kent and Sussex


After successfully completing our training Teach Kent & Sussex are accredited by the Department of Education to award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is the professional qualification awarded when a trainee can prove that they meet all of the Teachers’ Standards and criteria. QTS is the nationally recognised teacher training qualification allowing you to teach in England and Wales. Nearly all schools, academies and free schools expect applicants for teaching jobs to have QTS.

Working with our partners at the University of Sussex we offer QTS with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification so that the end of the course you are awarded QTS with PGCE. As well as the increased confidence the academic training of a PGCE gives you, it is an internationally recognised qualification – so if you ever wish to teach in Scotland, Northern Ireland or other countries you are qualified to do so.

The PGCE programme has been designed to compliment and enhance our assessment processes for the award of QTS. The PGCE explores the core expectations of teachers, their ability to plan a curriculum and to evaluate impact and their engagement with the theory which underpins successful teaching practice. Our PGCE carries 60 Master’s level credits. As part of the PGCE you will write a dissertation based on your research into an aspect of pedagogy and your experience of teaching using those techniques. You will also undertake an academic interview about how your research has impacted your teaching.

For full details of the University of Sussex PGCE programme, click below:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Pedagogy and Practice

You will be reassured that the University of Sussex teach and support Teach Kent & Sussex trainees for the PGCE by leading professional studies sessions in our main hub in Tunbridge Wells. There is no need to travel to the Sussex campus to complete the PGCE. Sussex tutors also support our trainees through bespoke email contact.

Some trainees may choose to follow a QTS only route.