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University of Exeter

Education (Secondary) PGCE

The Exeter Secondary PGCE is an 11-16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course with post-16 enhancement. In effect, this means that whilst you must meet the standards for QTS within the 11-16 age range, you will also have additional experience of post-16.

All coursework is designed to provide engaging and varied opportunities for you to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve QTS.

Dependent upon your degree subject, you can choose to teach:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French)
  • Modern Languages (German)
  • Modern Languages (Spanish)
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science (Biology)
  • Science (Chemistry)
  • Science (Physics)
  • Science (Biology with Psychology)

Your course begins with two weeks of observation (preliminary school experience). This leads into the University-based course which focuses on professional development, specialist subject knowledge, pedagogy and teaching skills. Two weeks of this term will be spent in your first placement school as part of the Beginning Practice phase of your training.

Term 2 is spent in your first school placement with three seminar days held at the University. At the end of the term you visit your second school placement for an induction period.

Term 3 is spent in your second school placement with two seminar days held at the University.

Throughout all school-based learning, you work closely with experienced teachers and a University tutor. This involves developing your observation, planning and evaluation skills in order to meet the requirements for QTS.

Entry requirements

Please visit the relevant subject programme page for information on the entry requirements for your subject.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 16,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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