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Difference PGCE & PGDE in England

Discussion in 'Professional development' started by TheHistoryGuy, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. I've noticed that some universities in England have changed the name of their QTS courses from PGCE to PGDE. Is the Postgraduate Diploma in Education considered to be a higher qualification than the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or vica versa?
  2. Wanderer007

    Wanderer007 New commenter

    PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is worth 60 credits mostly assessed at Bachelor's degree level, whereas PGDE (Post Graduate Diploma in Education) is worth 120 credits mostly assessed at Masters level. The difference is (usually) more assignments packed into one year of teacher training, and higher bar for passing.
    The upside of a PGDE is that the 120 credits can be transferred across to complete a Masters (M.Ed) for which you need to complete 180 credits in total... so it's more useful for professional development in the longer term and informing your professional judgement.

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