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Applications opened in October for the UCL Institute of Education Mandarin Chinese PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) course 2021-22.

IOE Mandarin Chinese PGCE

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Information required for application form:
training provider code name – UCL
training provider code – U80
training programme code – 2P3J
modular training programme – M

Early application is strongly advised. Applications opened in November.

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Who should apply?

The programme is designed for those wishing to become qualified teachers of Mandarin Chinese in schools and colleges (teaching pupils aged 11-19 years).

About our PGCE

The IOE PGCE course offers dedicated Mandarin-specific subject tuition for trainee teachers of languages.  Tuition draws on the best current Mandarin teaching practice in UK schools through an established national network, coordinated by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools.

Why a PGCE?

Teachers in England and Wales need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – the official professional accreditation – in order to qualify for jobs in most schools. QTS requires rigorous classroom experience, training and formal study, traditionally at M level (postgraduate).

Currently the main training option in the UK is the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), which leads to QTS.

Format of the PGCE course

PGCE student teachers train full-time over a complete academic year (September – July: 36 weeks approx.). The course comprises:
PGCE Sheautian•    university lectures
•    group tuition
•    workshops
•    directed reading
•    teaching tasks and activities
•    x2 10-week school placements
•    assessed written assignments

Topics covered in the PGCE course

The course focuses on different themes each week.
Themes include: approaches to languages teaching; contexts in languages teaching and learning; the national curriculum; learning strategies; monitoring learning; learning resources; planning for progression and learner independence; the role of culture; barriers to learning; assessment; curriculum innovation; film and the languages classroom.

How much will it cost?

Indicative Fee
Home/EU: £9,250
International: £21,600
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Where do our graduates go?

The IOE Mandarin Chinese PGCE is highly regarded in schools. The vast majority of IOE Mandarin Chinese PGCE graduates secure teachings jobs in UK schools, where there is significant demand for candidates with QTS. Some graduates teach overseas, enter education consultancy, or pursue further academic study.

Click here to read about IOE graduate Yingying’s experience.

Yingying IoE1I was fortunate as the UCL IOE PGCE is taught by renowned Mandarin teaching experts Katharine Carruthers and Xiaoming Zhu, who provide critical feedback and helped me improve in a structured manner. UCL IOE is number one in the world for education, and is undoubtedly the dream institute to many. I felt very lucky to become one of its students.


BeckyClick here to read about IOE graduate Becky’s experience.

It was fantastic to have Mandarin-specific tutor group sessions, giving us the opportunity to discuss issues particular to Chinese teaching with a China specialist and others training to teach Chinese.

Click here to read about IOE graduate Sheautian’s experience.

I enjoyed my PGCE very much because it was a practical course. I always looked forward to having practical tasks. When I did my degree, I was so confused – how do I actually apply all the theories I learnt in lectures in my future life? And the PGCE has shown me all of it.

Sheautian/筱恬, graduate of the IOE Mandarin Chinese PGCE course 2011-12

Click here for information about the IOE Languages PGCE course (including Mandarin).

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