PGCE Secondary Education (PGCE Secondary)

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 and Geography.

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.

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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
  • Satisfactory clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Satisfactory medical self-declaration.

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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 - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £9250
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £14700

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)


  • Secondary school teaching

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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 eight subject specialisms

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

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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