Taught course

Education (Secondary)

University of Bristol · Graduate School of Education

Entry requirements

Prior to admission to the programme, all students are required by the Department for Education to have:

  • at least GCSE or 'O' level at grade C or 4 (if taken after summer 2017) or an equivalent overseas qualification in English and Mathematics;
  • a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification, in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Applicants to the PGCE at Bristol are advised to book their skills tests as soon as they have made their UCAS Teacher Training application and confirm the date of the tests to us. Candidates will be at an advantage if they have passed the tests by the time they are interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

The prestigious School of Education at Bristol has a long and proud history of delivering teacher training, helping students to become confident and effective teachers that make a real difference to children’s lives. We are rated by Ofsted as an 'Outstanding' provider. Our one-year programme is available in a range of subjects and will lead to both a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) and qualified teacher status, enabling you to teach across the 11-18 age range. You will also gain up to 60 credits at master’s level that you can put towards an MSc in Education.

We partner with more than 60 local schools and colleges to offer two routes into teaching: university-led and School Direct, meaning you can choose the route that best suits your personal circumstances. Our programmes are current, challenging and innovative and are informed by both our own extensive research in the field of education as well as current practice.

You will spend two-thirds of your time on placement in at least two contrasting schools, learning from experienced teachers and becoming a valued member of the teaching team. Notably, the Bristol programme starts with a short placement in a primary school to provide you with crucial context before starting the PGCE. There is also the opportunity to gain experience in schools for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The remaining time is spent at our School of Education in the heart of the city, where you will join our vibrant and diverse student community made up of undergraduate education students, postgraduate students and researchers in education.

We are very mindful that training to teach can, at times, be challenging and demanding. At Bristol you will be given a personal tutor in your specialist subject, ensuring you receive the very highest levels of both pastoral and professional support. Our strong community feel and thorough approach to student support sets us apart from other providers and is frequently commented on by both students and external inspectors.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Services Office
+44 (0) 117 331 4492