Entry requirements

Please visit the Goldsmiths website for details.

Months of entry


Course content

This full-time PGCE (Secondary) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following teaching subjects: Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Media with English; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Physics.

This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective secondary school teacher in your chosen subject.

Why train with Goldsmiths?

We have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Secondary) programmes.

In 2015, 98% of students who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average.

Autumn Term

The first four weeks of the Autumn Term are usually university-based, although you may begin regular visits to your first teaching experience school from the fourth week onwards.

At Goldsmiths, you spend most of your time in a subject group with your subject tutor, who has overall responsibility for your professional development. These sessions introduce you to the basic principles and approaches to teaching and learning in your subject.

There is also a block lecture programme, General Professional Studies (GPS), which explores issues common to all teachers. Within GPS you have an opportunity to study an option in more depth.

From around the fifth or sixth week until the end of the term, you are based for four days a week in a school, working largely within your specialist subject department.

Your school-based tutor is responsible for a programme in school that enables you to relate what you have learned at Goldsmiths to the context of the particular school, and to gradually build up your confidence and expertise in teaching.

Throughout the term, you continue to come into Goldsmiths on Fridays to work with your subject tutor and group to reflect on your experience in school and develop particular areas of expertise.

Spring and Summer terms

The first two weeks of the Spring Term are usually based in Goldsmiths, where you build on the experiences of the Autumn Term to develop your expertise further so that you will be ready to undertake an extended block of teaching.

From around the third week of term until the spring half-term holiday, you spend four days a week in your second school, coming into university on Fridays to reflect on your experiences and develop your expertise with your subject tutor and fellow students. Between the spring and summer half-term holidays you are based full-time in the school.

In effect you work as a full member of a school team, with responsibility for all aspects of planning, teaching and assessing the learning of a number of classes. During this period, you have the opportunity to investigate in greater depth one of the areas introduced in the Autumn Term lecture programme, and to relate it to the specific context of the school in which you are based.

The three or four weeks at the end of the Summer Term are used flexibly for both school and university activities to ensure that all aspects of your professional development have been addressed.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of QTS.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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