Taught course

Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

  • A 2:2 honours degree relevant to your subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to your chosen specialism).
    • For the citizenship pathway: your degree should be in a subject that includes significant elements of social sciences or humanities subjects, for example politics, history, geography, philosophy, law, sociology and psychology).
    • Proficiency in French, Spanish or German if applying for the modern languages specialism. We particularly welcome those who are able to offer a second potential teaching language. However, we give careful consideration to all applications and, very occasionally, accept applicants for the modern languages specialism with only one language.
  • GCSE (A–C): English Language and Mathematics.

Note that you apply through UCAS Teacher Training for this course.

Months of entry


Course content

This intensive and well-supported year of training will prepare you to teach young people in the 11–16 age phase. You will also benefit from additional opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth-form level.

You will focus on one of the following subject specialisms:

  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages (French, German or Spanish)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Citizenship with Social Science
  • English
  • Geography
  • Religious Education

In addition to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree.

What will you study

Twenty-four weeks of this 36-week practical programme are based in school. You will have assessed practice placements in at least two different schools, enabling you to experience varied types of school. Mentors within the schools, and your university tutors, will provide training, support and guidance during the placements. Your university studies will focus on the teaching of your specialist subject, together with professional skills (eg. planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline and control), which will help you become an effective teacher.

Please be aware: applicants need to pass NCTL's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy as a condition of entry to the course. Please consult the Get into Teaching website for more information.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/secondary-teaching-qts-pgce/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Education
+44 (0)20 8417 5145