Taught course

School-based PGCE - Secondary

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

A degree at 2:2 or above

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification)

Experience of working with young people

Months of entry


Course content

A one year full-time course, designed by teachers, for teachers. You'll qualify as a secondary school teacher with a subject specialism. Train in our partner schools from day one and study at university too.

This course trains you in one year to become an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in a specialist subject in a secondary school. You will be based out of two different secondary schools across the year, immersed in school life and taking an active role. You will work mainly out of a lead school, with an additional placement for six to twelve weeks to give you breadth of experience.

Some training will be school based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools, and you will also attend University. We have been training educators and teachers since the 1840s and have a huge alumni network and extensive school relationships to support your future career.

We offer School-based PGCEs for the following subjects: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Design & Technology, Design and Technology (Food), Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education.

The curriculum is based around three themes and these are embedded in all MTEP modules across our provision, carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach effectively:

The themes are:

- The professional role of the developing teacher

- Development of teaching and learning

- Curriculum and specialisms

Our processes are aligned with the MTEP curriculum, the CCF, the ECF, the ITE Ofsted inspection framework and the Teachers’ Standards and explicitly considers how all components are sequenced incrementally to build your expertise and confidence.

Trainees may receive a bursary of up to £28,000 from the Department of Education. This is the perfect route for graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.

Fees and funding

UK students

Fees UK students: £9,250

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

01752 636700