Teacher Training (Secondary) (PGCE)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career. Our outstanding (OFSTED, 2015) teacher training will build upon your current degree and/or experience to develop the skills and knowledge required for a positive future in professional education.

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.

Study style

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.

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
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or 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 clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Satisfactory medical self-declaration.

Applicants wishing to teach a subject in which they do not hold a degree should investigate the availability of Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKE) and seek advice from our admissions staff. Please note that all applications for PGCE programmes are submitted through UCAS.

Please also note that current UK Home Office Immigration rules prevent the University of Gloucestershire from supporting Tier 4 student visas for the PGCE programme.

The University of Gloucestershire UCAS code is G50.

For more information email cemanuelli@glos.ac.uk or call 01242 714 508.


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £9250
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £13840

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Mathematics (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Art and Design (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Physical Education (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Computing (11-16)


  • Secondary school teaching

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Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2015)

With 150 years experience, we are proud of our strong teaching heritage and reputation. In 2015 Ofsted reported that the University has an 'outstanding reputation for providing the quality and type of teachers that schools in the area need and want' and went on to comment that 'all trainees are supported, and their individual needs catered for, exceptionally well'

PE student on placement

Choose from four subject specialisms

Be inspired by our subject specialists and choose your specialism from Art and Design, Mathematics, Physical Education or Computing. You can potentially combine Physical Education with Mathematics (subject to NCTL approval) however a minimum grade C in A Level Mathematics is required in addition to the general PGCE entry requirements. Although you will be equipped to teach Maths, the award gained will be in Physical Education. You will have weekly subject sessions with your Subject Leader throughout the programme.

student teaching

Experience teaching in a minimum of two schools

Through our long-established networks, we can offer you a wide variety of placement opportunities. You will spend 26 weeks in at least two schools where you will receive invaluable support from experienced, dedicated teachers.

Contact us

Find out more about our courses

Call +44 (0)3330 141414