PGCE Secondary Education (PGCE Secondary)

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, Computing, Biology, English, History, Geography and Religious Education.  

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.

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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
  • Successful completion of the NCTL literacy and numeracy professional skills tests
  • Satisfactory clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Satisfactory medical self-declaration.

It is recommended that all applicants gain some recent experience in a secondary classroom setting. If this has not been achieved prior to interview, please note guidance will be provided.

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.

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Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £9250
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £14250

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. 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)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
English (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Biology (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
History (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Geography (11-16)
PGCE - 1 year full-time
Religious Education (11-16)


  • Secondary school teaching

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

secondary staff

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 nine subject specialisms

Be inspired by our subject specialists and choose your specialism from Art and Design, Biology, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education or Religious Education.

You can potentially combine Physical Education with Mathematics, English, History, Geography and a Science (subject to DfE approval) however a minimum grade C in A Level for the EBacc subjects is required in addition to the general PGCE entry requirements. Although you will be equipped to teach the above subjects, 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.

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