Taught course

Teacher Training PGCE (Secondary)

University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities

Entry requirements

  • A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject - this should normally be with Second Class Honours (2:2) or above.
  • Minimum grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or an accepted equivalent

The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

If you are offered a place it will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information
  • Satisfactory completion of suitability form
  • Verification of two references
  • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad

Months of entry


Course content

We offer our students an exceptional training experience – if you’re looking for a lifelong, challenging and exciting career, teaching may be for you. Our PGCE Secondary awards, with QTS, are available in Art and Design, Biology (Sciences), Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics and Physical Education.

You’ll be supported by a range of experienced professionals, both during school placements and by academic staff at the university. The programme aims to help you become an engaging and effective teacher within the 11–16 age range, and provides the input and opportunities that could enable you to teach post-16. Successfully completing this PGCE course will enable you to teach at Secondary age, as well as Primary and A Level.

We were founded as a teaching college 175 years ago, and following the introduction of new quality requirements, our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), have successfully achieved reaccreditation in 2022 by the Department of Education.

Our ITT courses have also recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors highlighting their ‘unique’ emphasis on sustainability and the University’s strong partnership with schools.

Study style

You’ll spend a minimum of 24 weeks in at least 2 schools, returning to central provision throughout the year for professional development and subject training. During the training year, you will engage in professional study and knowledge days where you will work with colleagues across the different subject areas to share good practice.

Employment rates have been consistently high for our graduates and we offer you the opportunity to undertake Master’s-level modules to gain Master’s credits. These can be used subsequently to take your career to the next level. If you pass all elements of the course at Master’s level, the award title will carry 60 master’s credits and qualified teacher status (QTS).

The course is assessed via summative written assignments, school placements and your individual portfolio which records progress in relation to the QTS standards. All elements must be completed satisfactorily.

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, 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.

What we offer

• High graduate employment

• Deliberate practice in every session – we take what we learn about teaching and we apply to practice, straight away

• Inclusion at the heart of the programme – we reflect on what challenges students might face from across the ability range within each topic

• Detailed, deep dives into the curriculum – we study each topic in depth and reflect on how to teach the teach and design curriculum to meet student needs. We stretch into the key topics in chemistry and physics too

• Specialist facilities at FCH

• A level Teaching input

Fees and funding

Learn more at out postgraduate fees, loans and finance page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this 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

03330 141414