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 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 recommended 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. NB: Equivalence tests for GCSEs will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Such applications will be assessed and reviewed by the subject tutor, programme director and PGCE administration manager.

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate School of Education is an Ofsted Outstanding Provider and offers a one-year programme for graduates, leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Each year we train approximately 200 students to teach in secondary schools. We work in partnership with approximately 70 local schools and colleges; student teachers spend two-thirds of their PGCE year on placement in at least two schools.

The Graduate School of Education also works with three local school alliances supporting School Direct non-salaried (with PGCE). We welcome applications from graduates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Usually two-thirds of our students are graduates of universities other than Bristol.

In its February 2011 report, Ofsted stated that the University recruited students with "suitable attributes to develop into very effective teachers who are easily employed both locally and further afield". Successful completion of this programme will give students 60 credit points at Master's level.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The NCTL offers bursaries for UK/EU students; please see the Department for Education website for further details. The University offers a bursary for UK and EU students; this may be liable to change in line with the NCTL bursary. Please see the Graduate School website for further information. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Services Office
+44 (0) 117 331 4492