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PGCE Secondary

This course prepares you to teach students aged 11-18 and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You'll combine substantial school-based training with University training. You need to be resilient, resourceful, robust and open-minded. The course is suited to recent graduates and those looking for a change in career. On the course, you will develop teaching skills, and curriculum knowledge and understanding within a broad, relevant theoretical framework – as well as specialising in one subject.

You will specialise in one of the following subjects:

  • English (UCAS code: GQ3X1)
  • Maths (GG1X1)
  • Biology (GC1X1)
  • Chemistry (GF1X1)
  • Physics (GF3X1)
  • Physics with maths (GF3GX)
  • Art and design (GW1X1)
  • Drama (GW4X1)
  • History (GV1X1)
  • Modern foreign languages (French (GR1X1), German (GR2X1) or Spanish (GR4X1))
  • Music (GW3X1)
  • PE (GX9C6)
  • Computer science (GIX99)
  • Design and technology (G2LYQ)

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.

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