Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

Entry requirements

A UK or equivalent bachelors degree with GCSEs (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics at grades A*-C/9-4, passed Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy, a clear (or approved) enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and a satisfactory health check.

Months of entry


Course content

Join a Secondary PGCE programme at the University of Southampton to equip yourself with the very latest education research and practice.

• Education at the University of Southampton is ranked 4th in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2022)

• In partnership with over 200 local schools and colleges

• Versatile programme structure to support your route into teaching

• Opportunities to study abroad

Each programme will provide you with extensive, supervised school or college experience during your study. You’ll engage with research-led approaches to enhance the quality of teaching you can offer your students and begin your career with confidence.

You’ll spend two-thirds of your PGCE in two school placements, starting in October, under the guidance of curriculum mentors who are all experienced classroom teachers. One-third of your time will be spent in university, under the guidance of curriculum tutors, who all have extensive school teaching experience. We will support you with contrasting placement experiences from our well-established partnership schools and colleges.

Secondary education PGCE courses are available in most subject areas, including:

• PGCE Art and Design

• PGCE English

• PGCE Geography

• PGCE History

• PGCE Mathematics

• PGCE Modern Languages

• PGCE Physical Education

• PGCE Sciences

You’ll join a close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential. Talk to us for support through the consideration and application process.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
023 8059 4732