The Secondary PGCE forms a practical and theoretical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including where possible at post-sixteen. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills and forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of the Master Level element of the programme. An understanding of the relationship between practice and theory, underpins the PGCE. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.
We offer the following Secondary PGCE subject courses, which are supported by our Professional Studies Programme:
- French with German
- French with Spanish
- German with French
- Spanish with French
- (We may also be able to provide places for those wishing to study Mandarin with French, German or Spanish and Spanish with German)
- Science with Biology Specialism
- Science with Chemistry Specialism
- Science with Physics Specialism
You will undertake 60 credits of Master's-Level credits over three course modules which are rooted in school while being rooted in classroom practice and aligned with research and theory. Each module assignment is worth 20 credits. They work to complement your school experiences - enhancing outcomes and your professional development.
You will graduate with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if you meet the Teachers’ Standards through your practical engagement in school, which will include PGCE on successful completion of the module assignments.
The course starts in September and continues until June. The course structure follows school term dates not university semesters. All school and university sessions, including individual and small group progress check interviews, some of which will take place in school holidays, are compulsory and full attendance is expected.
- Subject days, to develop your understanding of your subject pedagogy
- Progress days, to develop your understanding of the research and theory underpinning pedagogy and the wider aspects of schools and education
- Conferences based on key aspects of Professional Practice
- 1:1 and small group tutorials
Assessment is a mixture of academic assignments for the modules and successful completion of your teaching practice placement, evidenced through a series of Reports and the completion of a Professional Portfolio and Evidence Log.