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PGCE Education (Secondary)

The Graduate School of Education is an Ofsted Outstanding Provider and offers a one-year programme for graduates, leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Each year we train approximately 200 students to teach in secondary schools. We work in partnership with approximately 70 local schools and colleges; student teachers spend two-thirds of their PGCE year on placement in at least two schools. 

The Graduate School of Education also works with three local school alliances supporting School Direct non-salaried (with PGCE). We welcome applications from graduates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Usually two-thirds of our students are graduates of universities other than Bristol. 

In its February 2011 report, Ofsted stated that the University recruited students with "suitable attributes to develop into very effective teachers who are easily employed both locally and further afield". Successful completion of this programme will give students 60 credit points at Master's level.

Entry requirements

Prior to admission to the programme, all students are required by the Department for Education to have:

  • at least GCSE or O level at grade C (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in English and Mathematics;
  • a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Applicants to the PGCE at Bristol are recommended to book their Skills Tests as soon as they have made their UCAS Teacher Training application and confirm the date of the tests to us. Candidates will be at an advantage if they have passed the tests by the time they are interviewed.

NB: Equivalence tests for GCSEs will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Such applications will be assessed and reviewed by the subject tutor, programme director and PGCE administration manager.

Course modules

The programme lasts a minimum of 36 weeks and starts in early September. The structure can be thought of in terms of three major, interrelated components:

  • Curriculum Studies (main subject specialism)
  • Educational and Professional Studies
  • School Experience

The main subjects we offer are:

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian in specific combinations only)
  • Music
  • Religious Education
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Sponsorship information

Funding for 2017/18

The NCTL offers bursaries for UK/EU students. The University offers a bursary for UK and EU students; this may be liable to change in line with the NCTL bursary.


Please note that the total cost of this programme is the same as the cost of an undergraduate degree, which is currently set at £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees are likely to increase each subsequent year from 2017 and these increases will be in line with UK Government policy. Should the undergraduate fee increase in future, the PGCE fee will also increase.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 15,800 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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