Wellington College China have partnered with the School of Education at Durham University, UK to provide access to the following qualifications: Post Graduate Certificate of Practice in Education (PGCE). Wellington College China also offer access to qualified teacher status (QTS).

It is a 1-year programme but designed to be flexible to meet the needs of each trainee. The ITE programme comprise 2 aspects:

  • Academic
    Delivered entirely by Durham University through a Reflective Practice Conference at Durham University. This is required only for PGCE theory
  • Professional
    School-based and driven by school mentors and the IoL Director of Academics responsible for initial teacher education (ITE)

Post Graduate Certificate of Practice in Education (PGCE)


Academic Component (PGCE Theory)

This component is required for the PGCE theory qualification and is delivered directly by the School of Education, Durham University. It comprises 2 MA level modules undertaken as part of a Reflective Practice Conference held at Durham University 4th-10th January 2020. The modules comprise:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Self-Directed Study (SDS)

Each module will involve the submission of a 5,000-word assignment following the Reflective Practice Conference. Each module accounts for 30 credits towards an MA in education. Submissions dates are:

  • Teaching and Learning End of April 2020
  • SDS End of May 2020

Satisfactorily meeting the requirements for the academic component allows access to the PGCE Theory qualification.

The Academic Component is further supported by a visit to Durham that will involve visiting and working with 2 schools that will provide contrasting perspectives on education.

Post Graduate Certificate of Practice in Education (PGCE)


Professional Component (QTS)

The professional component is entirely school-based and comprises 4 elements:

  • Induction
  • Initial Observation Period (IOP)
  • Professional Training: Ongoing programme delivered by school-based staff
  • Teaching Experience (TE): TE1 (at least 4 weeks) & TE2 (at least 10 weeks)
  • Assessment Only phase

The structure and content of the professional component is developed by Wellington College China and quality assured by Durham University. It is essential that trainees satisfactorily satisfy the standards set out in the professional component in order to meet the requirements for QTS and PGCE.

The standards used to gauge performance of a trainee are aligned to professional Standards used by training teachers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland coupled.

Evidence against all the standards will be recorded in a portfolio and reflective journal through set tasks that build up during the programme.

Throughout the professional component, typically trainees operate in the capacity of a teaching assistant, but transition into the teacher role during phases in both teacher experience. As such the professional component comprises a full-time programme and follows the standard work time set out by the school in which the trainee is placed. For some trainees, they continue their practice as teachers in the school in which they are based.