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PGCE Secondary (Lead Partners)

1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you have a degree and would like to train to teach 11-18 year-olds as part of the Lead Partners scheme.

PGCE Secondary (Lead Partners), 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you have a degree and would like to train to teach 11-18 year-olds as part of the Lead Partners scheme.

Course information

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Course description

Course description

Lead Partners was introduced in 2012 and allows schools to recruit students onto teacher education courses run in collaboration with universities. To make sure you have a range of placement opportunities, schools work together in Teaching Alliances.

This course is made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to give you a broad range of experience - they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.

By the end of the course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and awarded a University of Leicester PGCE.

The Lead Partners Secondary PGCE is run in partnership with a range of partner schools. You can choose which school you would like to apply for and then submit your application through UCAS.

Each Lead Partners provider school will offer its own unique range of placement experiences and opportunities but will still share most, if not all, the Secondary PGCE Professional Studies Course with the students on our 'core' (University-led) Secondary Education PGCE course, giving you a great opportunity to share experience and practice with other students. Your subject studies will be undertaken together with core PGCE students.

For up to date information on our Lead Partners partners including contact details, please visit our Lead Partners pages.

Not sure which PGCE route is right for you? Have a look at our Routes into Teaching pages to find out more about PGCE, Lead Partners and SCITT routes.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 degree for English, Geography, History or Social Science
  • 2:2 degree for Maths, MFL, Sciences or RE

(We may, under exceptional circumstances, accept a Third if there are other very strong recommending features in your application.)

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths.
  • A-levels (or equivalent) in relevant subjects
  • Although not essential, you may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching in a school setting, ideally relating to the age range/subject you wish to teach. When writing your application you should try to reflect on your experience and tell us what you learnt.
  • A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy

Application Process

The application process for a PGCE is different from other postgraduate courses so please see our information on how to apply.

Additional requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.

All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

You must have a GCSE Grade C in English Language. Please see our entry requirements (left) for more information.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in September 2024

  • £9,250

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.


Teacher Training Scholarships for Secondary Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Languages and Geography Trainees

Scholarships of up to £30,000 are awarded to the most talented trainees in place of the NCTL bursary.

To be awarded a Scholarship you will need outstanding subject knowledge and the potential to become an inspirational physics, chemistry, mathematics, languages or geography teacher. Each scholarship also includes a package of benefits including membership and early career mentoring.

Further information regarding these scholarships can be found on the DfE website. To view the full eligibility criteria and submit an application, please visit the website of the appropriate organisation:

International Students

Starting in September 2024

  • £17,500

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Please note that International Students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We will support you in applying for teaching posts. The mock interviews we include as part of the course have directly resulted in job offers for our students.

We foster your continued relationship with Education at Leicester once you become an NQT by supporting your career development in a number of ways.

We offer a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers, and we offer Masters courses with a focus on Learning and Teaching, Educational Leadership, TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Our PhD opportunities are very popular with those wishing to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level. We are committed to training excellent teachers during the PGCE and beyond, and we are proud that so many of our students return to us for further study once qualified.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Course structure

Professional Studies Programme

Professional Studies Programme

The Professional Studies programme runs throughout the academic year and forms the core of the Secondary PGCE programme. It is compulsory for student teachers from all subject areas.

The Professional Studies programme will introduce you to a wide range of generic professional issues, organised into three strands that run throughout the PGCE year:

  • Reflective Practice
  • Career Development
  • Professional Values
  • Academic Skills Development

In addition to the compulsory programme, you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional sessions. This allows you to tailor your training to meet your own needs as you develop as a teacher. Previous optional sessions have included:

  • Working with students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

School Placements

School Placements

You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our Partnership Schools. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse inner city and rural environments, with learners from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year.

The placements are referred to as 'Phase A' and 'Phase B' placements.

Phase A

Your first placement is the 'Phase A' placement. After induction day you will spend about ten weeks in this school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school's Co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training and the subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement.

Phase B

During your 'Phase B' placement you will spend about twelve weeks in your second placement school. The Phase B school also has a Co-ordinator and mentor who have similar roles and responsibilities as those in the 'Phase A' School.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

You'll have access to the very best, and most inspiring, practising teachers – participating in their seminars, observing them in the classroom, or being guided by them during your placements.

We work with over 200 primary and secondary schools in city, suburban and rural settings, in both the State and independent sectors.

Teaching and learning

Your learning will consist of a combination of university-based classes and school-based teaching placements where you will get hands-on experience of teaching a range of classes. Our course has been praised by external examiners for its focus on reflection. You will be encouraged to evaluate your own teaching and share your learning with your peers.

Throughout your PGCE course you'll have the support of a range of tutors and the confidence this brings. We’ll make sure you have the right support at the right time – whether that's at university, in school or within your own specific discipline.

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The lecturers are incredibly supportive and allow you the freedom to research and explore your own interests from day one, making us stand out from the crowd as confident, active members of the research community.

Lily, MA International Education

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