Entry requirements

2:1 degree for English, Geography, History or Social Science

2:2 degreefor Maths, MFL, Sciences or RE

(We may, under exceptional circumstances, accept a Third if there are other very strong recommending features in your application.)

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths.

A-levels (or equivalent) in relevant subjects

Although not essential, you may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching in a school setting, ideally relating to the age range/subject you wish to teach. When writing your application you should try to reflect on your experience and tell us what you learnt.

Months of entry


Course content

All of our PGCE courses are made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience to a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience; they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.

You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and have years of experience themselves as teachers. We believe that teaching inspired by research both within and beyond the School of Education, and backed up with extensive teaching experience, provides excellent opportunities for our trainees to grow as teachers and reflective practitioners.

You will choose a subject to specialise in over the course of the PGCE, usually related to the subject that you studied to degree level. At Leicester we offer the PGCE in the following subject areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Religious Education
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Mathematics)
  • Social Science

By the end of this course you will meet the required processional standards for Qualified Teacher Status, and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching.

Alongside this 'University-led' PGCE, we work in partnership with schools across the region to offer a Lead Partners Secondary PGCE.

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Secondary PGCE office
+44 (0)116 252 3676 or 3689