- Applicants must possess or expect to achieve a degree; please see department web pages for subject specific requirements. The equivalent of a UK lower second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of science or a similar subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
- A demonstrable interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
- Applicants with non-standard qualifications, for example, access routes into higher education are welcome to apply
- We welcome applications from mature applicants pursuing a career change.
Your interpersonal qualities and your potential to achieve professional skills relating to the Teachers' Standards will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to an interview. The interview processwill involve an individual interview with a pre-prepared presentation element and a series of tasks designed to illustrate your potential to meet the Teachers' Standards by the end of the course.
Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.
We strongly encourage you to register for the DBS Update Service, which lets you take your certificate from one employer to another without having to apply for a new check.
Please note, all DBS Enhanced Disclosures for our students must be processed by Durham University unless you have applied to the Update Service.
Months of entry
The course aims to provide you with professional and academic training in preparation for your role as a secondary teacher. Underpinning the course is a belief that successful teachers need to understand how children learn and that this is best achieved through a combination of theory, practice and reflection.
The Durham PGCE Secondary Course has been developed in partnership with schools, and offers a strong practical element, with student teachers spending a substantial part of the year (around 120 days minimum) in school. You will follow the Core programme and activities with your School Direct Lead School taking responsibility for your placements. On the course, you will have opportunities to develop an understanding of the values and issues which underpin education and are encouraged to develop and articulate your own beliefs. The responsibility for training is shared between schools and the University, which together provide a supportive professional environment in which you can develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and expertise.
The course is organised into three modules:
- Professional Issues in School-based Education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
The Professional Issues in School-based Education relates to the Durham University ITE Curriculum and is delivered through the Research Related Professional Practice programme (RRPP).
The RRPP is designed to bridge the gap between research and professional practice. It encourages trainees to focus on key subject specific threshold knowledge linked to deep thinking in terms of how to teach in order to have maximum impact on pupil learning.
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self-directed Study assignments are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school community, particularly those that impact the success of children as learners.
The Self-directed Study module draws on the aspect of teaching and learning in a small-scale action research piece of work, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.
These Masters modules provide an opportunity to consolidate theoretical knowledge, through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught during a Reflective Practitioner Conference. In addition to covering Teachers’ Standards, these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
On successful completion of the course, our beginning teachers have 90 credits and QTS.
Information for international students
If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
Fees and funding
For further information see the course listing.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details