Taught course

Teacher Training PGCE (Secondary)

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject - this should normally be with Second Class Honours (2:2) or above. Minimum grade C (Level 4 from summer 2017) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or an accepted equivalent. You will need some recent experience in a secondary classroom setting. If that has not been achieved prior to interview, you will need to arrange and successfully complete three to five days in a secondary classroom setting. Successful completion of the NCTL literacy and numeracy professional skills tests. Satisfactory medical self-declaration. EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Gloucestershire was rated outstanding in our most recent OFSTED inspection (2015) and we offer our students an exceptional training experience. The PGCE Secondary award, with QTS, is available in the following core subjects: Art & Design, Mathematics, Physical Education and Computing.

This one year, full time programme aims to help you become a competent and effective teacher of your subject within the secondary age range. You will spend 26 weeks in at least two schools where you will receive invaluable support from experienced teachers. You will return to central provision at regular intervals throughout the year for professional studies development and subject pathway seminars. The university works together with our local and regional partners to provide a well-established and successful school based programme with academic rigour.

There are a wide range of placements available which have been arranged with key considerations in mind: experience of different age-ranges and schools, accessibility/travel time, students previous experience and so on. The tuition and school placements are organised in blocks throughout the year. The normal working week is approximately 35 hours and normal school hours apply when students are on placement (8am-5pm), with additional independent study.

Employment rates have been consistently high for graduates and we offer you the opportunity to gain Masters credits which count towards a full Masters degree. This can be used to take your career to the next level at a subsequent time. All students undertake Masters level modules in addition to other compulsory modules. If you pass all elements of the course at Masters level, the award title will carry Masters credits and QTS.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    The university is part of the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership with the Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Head Teachers. The partnership is at the forefront of many educational developments and offers broad experience in a highly supportive and committed framework.

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
03330 141414