Taught course

PGCE Secondary (QTS)

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold a first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in the specialist subject (or a subject closely related).

English and maths at GCSE (Grade C or Grade 4 above, or equivalent).

Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information on English language requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

We're interested in your potential as a teacher and so each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to becoming an outstanding secondary teacher. Your application will need to be supported by one professional reference. (References from personal email accounts cannot be accepted).

Months of entry


Course content

Embark on a career in education and become a secondary teacher with a PGCE Secondary Education with QTS from Canterbury Christ Church University. With a rewarding career in secondary teaching, you will learn how to confidently educate and change children’s lives.

Combining cutting-edge theory and practice, you will gain both an academic and practice-based understanding of secondary teaching. Through our progressive curriculum, you can choose to engage with a range of topics, including subject pedagogy and professional enquiry, as well as completing two contrasting placements*.

  • Be supported throughout your PGCE course and early career teacher (ECT) years from experienced mentors, both within your placement schools and the University.
  • Engage with a progressive curriculum that will prepare you for teaching using innovative and research-informed techniques.
  • Gain experience through two contrasting placements, which will enhance your practice-based experience before your ECT year.
  • Become a valuable member of the Graduate College as a CCCU postgraduate student.

*subject to availability

Subjects you can train to teach in are:

  • Secondary Art & Design
  • Secondary Computing
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Geography
  • Secondary History
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Modern Foreign Languages
  • Secondary Music
  • Secondary Physical Education
  • Secondary Religious Education
  • Secondary Sciences.

Engage and reflect on your teaching practice as you continue through this PGCE course. During your placements, you will learn from practicing teachers, as well as having two school-based mentors to ensure that you are fully supported throughout.

What’s more, by the end of the course you will become proficient in following the teachers’ standards that all teachers must adhere to throughout their profession.

Upon successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Education, you will be recommended for QTS with the Teaching Regulation Agency, which is essential for you to continue onto your early career teacher (ECT) year. We appreciate that your ECT year may come with its own set of challenges, so we will continue to support you throughout this transition.

When you press apply, you will be taken to the government 'Apply for teacher training' website where you can select and apply for the subject area of your choice at Canterbury Christ Church University. It's very straightforward, but it's also worth noting the course codes for each of the options we offer to ensure you are applying for the correct one, with PGCE Secondary options available as both full and part-time:

  • Art and Design (Course code FT and PT: W1X1)
  • Computing (Course code FT and PT: 2BSJ)
  • English (Course code FT and PT: 2243)
  • Geography (Course code FT and PT: F8X1)
  • History (Course code FT and PT: V1X1)
  • Mathematics (Course code FT and PT: G1X1)
  • French with Spanish (Course code FT and PT: RXD1)
  • French (Course code FT and PT: R1X1)
  • Spanish with French (Course code FT and PT: RX41)
  • Spanish (Course code FT and PT: R4X1)
  • Music (Course code FT and PT: W3X1)
  • Physical Education (Course code FT and PT: C6XC)
  • Physical Education with EBacc subject (Course code FT and PT: 38XC)
  • Religious Education (Course code FT and PT: 2CQ9)
  • Sciences (Biology) (Course code FT and PT: CX11)
  • Sciences (Chemistry) (Course code FT and PT: F2X1)
  • Sciences (Physics) (Course code FT and PT: F3X2)
  • Social Sciences (Course code FT and PT: 3F8K)

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44(0)1227 928000