Taught course

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Secondary

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent. At least 50% of your degree should be in the subject that you intend to teach. We may accept closely related degree subjects.

GCSEs or O Levels (grades A–C/ 4-9) in English language and mathematics, or equivalent.

Work experience

It is desirable for you to have spent time working and/or observing in a UK secondary classroom before applying. Experience is advantageous as it will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process

Modern language applicants

If you are applying for Spanish you should have at least some elementary French.

Foreign nationals applying for a modern languages PGCE should:

  • have spent six months living in the UK
  • had employment as a foreign language assistant in a state school in England.

Further information

Individual course entry requirements are available on the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Please contact us for advice if you:

  • don't meet our entry requirements
  • need further information on related degree subjects.

See How to Apply information online for further details.

Months of entry


Course content

The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including at post-sixteen enhancement. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.

The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching. You will develop the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children. You will also gain experience of teaching at post-16 level.

We offer the following Secondary PGCE courses:

  • English
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • French with German
  • French with Spanish
  • German with French
  • Spanish with French
  • Secondary Science with Biology Specialism
  • Secondary Science with Chemistry Specialism
  • Secondary Science with Physics Specialism

The course has a strong focus on learning from experience, through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills. It also forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of your PGCE.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

PGCE Admissions