Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education

University of Chichester · Institute for Education

Entry requirements

First degree – normally 2:2 or above with at least 50% subject content relevant to the National Curriculum requirements for your subject. There may be some exceptions; the relevant subject co-ordinator will be able to advise you. GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above. Minimum of 2 weeks’ classroom experience in a UK state secondary school within the last two years All successful applicants will have to obtain DBS clearance, to complete a satisfactory medical declaration and to pass the NCTL skills tests before the start of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The Secondary PGCE offers high quality training for those wishing to teach the following subjects in the 11-18 age range in the following areas and is offered at Level 7 (Masters)

  • Dance
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science with Biology
  • Science with Chemistry
  • Science with Physics

Indicative Course Content

  • Subject specific teaching
  • Monitoring and assessment of pupil progress
  • Lesson planning
  • Curriculum requirements including National Curriculum, GCSE and A Level
  • Health and safety
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Subject knowledge for teaching
  • Professional studies
  • Creating a positive learning environment
  • Curriculum innovation
  • Developing resilience
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal and social education

Why this course?

  • High quality training and experience to prepare you to become a confident and effective secondary school teacher
  • 70% of the training is school based, in 2 placements including key stage 2 and post 16 experience
  • Professional qualification with Masters credit
  • You will learn how to use research to improve your teaching skills
  • Varied course delivery includes lectures, seminars, presentations, group tasks, mini research projects and written assignments
  • Valuable support from experienced mentor teachers and University tutors
  • You will develop a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond

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To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary, students need to pass three 4,000 word assignments at Level 7 (Masters) and two blocks of school experience.


The programme is full time over 38 weeks and attendance is demanding. 70% of the course is school experience, during which you will be required to teach a proportion of a full time teacher’s timetable and attend meetings (including parents’ evenings) in the same way as a practising teacher. The university sessions run all day.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Shirley Tack