Secondary PGCE

PGCE, 1 year

This is for you if... you have an undergraduate degree (preferably 2:1 or above) and would like to train to teach 11-18 year-olds.

Course Description

All of our PGCE courses are 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 to a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience; they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.

You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and have years of experience themselves as teachers. We believe our teaching is inspirational when it's delivered by passionate people engaged in world-changing research; we have been involved in education research projects for over 60 years.

You will choose a subject to specialise in over the course of the PGCE, usually related to the subject that you studied to degree level. At Leicester we offer the PGCE in the following subject areas:

By the end of this course you will meet the required processional standards for Qualified Teacher Status, and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching.

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

Alongside this ‘provider-led’ PGCE, we work in partnership with schools across the region to offer a School Direct Secondary PGCE.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Education
Contact

Secondary PGCE
Rita Denton, +44 (0)116 252 3689
Denise Burn, +44 (0)116 252 3676
secondary.pgce@le.ac.uk

Education website

Why Leicester?

98% of our students achieved Good or Outstanding teaching grades at the end of the 2015-16 course. 95% of our 2015-16 students had secured a teaching post by the end of the course.

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

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.

Course Structure

Professional Studies Programme

Professional Studies Programme

The Professional Studies Programmer runs throughout the academic year and forms the core of the Secondary PGCE programme. The Professional Studies Programme 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:

  • Using Your Voice Effectively
  • Understanding Autism
  • Teaching Sport
  • Classroom Management
  • Preparing for an Interview

In addition, subsidiary courses may run during the weeks you are at the University as an additional option. In the past these have covered 'Teaching English as an Additional Language' and 'Learning Outside the Classroom'.

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.

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. You will attend 2 induction day visits to your Partnership School. You will then spend 44 days 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 Co-tutor who will oversee your professional development during the placement.

Phase B

Your 'Phase B' placement will start in either February or March and will involve 55 days in your placement school. The Phase B school has a Co-ordinator and Co-tutor 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.

Teaching and Assessment

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 class. 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.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • Relevant 2:1 degree (or above)
  • GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths.

Application Process

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

You should also read this advice for applicants before you 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

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2017

    • £9,250

    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. 

    Scholarship

    Teacher Training Scholarships for Secondary Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Trainees

    Scholarships of up to £30,000 are offered by the following organisations:

    • The Institute of Physics (IOP)
    • the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
    • the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

    These scholarships 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 or maths 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:


  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2017

    • £14,740
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

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.

Education CPD+ offers 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 Education at Leicester for further study once qualified.

During your NQT year you will be invited to attend an NQT conference which includes keynote speakers, a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Previous attendees have said:

  • “It made me think a lot about my ethos in the classroom. Humorous and insightful, put the year into perspective.”
  • “Fantastic and inspiring."
  • “Lots of ideas to put in place tomorrow!"
Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Secondary Education PGCE 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Secondary Education
Qualification
PGCE
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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