Taught course

Secondary Education (Qualified Teacher Status)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject; English Language and Mathematics at GCE O level, GCSE grade C or above, or CSE grade 1 or the equivalent. All candidates have to provide a satisfactory medical form and enhanced CRB/police check, and provisionally register with the General Teaching Council of England (GTC). They are also required to adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Months of entry


Course content

This 36-week programme is based in schools and on the University main campus, and includes the following areas of study:
  • Subject-based teaching methods
  • School-based work
  • Whole-school issues
The award of the PGDipEd (QTS) is subject to completion of all areas of study, and to satisfactory assessment of professional studies via six modules, subject-based work and school practice. The course is designated 11–18 so you will work with pupils from Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum and with those in the 16-plus age group; from the very able to those with learning difficulties, and in a variety of settings.
The Secondary PGDipEd is available in the following subjects:
  • English
  • Geography
  • History/History and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics this two-year Mathematics route is available for non-specialists
  • Modern Foreign Languages: French/German/Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science: Biology
  • Science: Chemistry
  • Science: Physics
  • Physics with Mathematics

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Leads to QTS. Apply online through the Graduate Teacher training Registry website.

Course contact details

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0121 414 5005