Taught course

Teacher Training PGCE (Secondary)

University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities

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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
  • Satisfactory clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • You must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to commencing the course
  • Satisfactory medical self-declaration.
  • All applications should be made through UCAS

Months of entry


Course content

If you’re looking for a lifelong, challenging and exciting career, teaching may be for you. We were rated Outstanding in our most recent OFSTED inspection (2015/16) 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, Computing, Biology, English, History, Geography and Religious Education.

You’ll be supported by a range of experienced professionals, both during school placements and by academic staff at the university. This programme aims to help you become an engaging and effective teacher of your subject within the 11–16 age range, with additional opportunities to teach post-16. 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. 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).

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.

Our vision is for all of our students to become globally employable, leaders of learning, outstanding teachers and subject experts.

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.

We also offer a PGCE Primary Teacher Education course that aims to develop your expertise in teaching children aged either 3–7 years or 5–11 years.

Fees and funding

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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