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 a PGCE in a modern language should have spent a year abroad as part of your degree.

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.

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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:

  • 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.

Information for international students

If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition. Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    These programmes carry Qualified Teacher Status

Course contact details

PGCE Admissions
+44 (0) 191 208 3666