PGCE Secondary (School Direct)

PGCE Secondary (School Direct)

Your school placements will build your skills and confidence as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, while your academic sessions will deepen your understanding both of your subject and your profession. You will develop your knowledge of your chosen subject and its place within the curriculum while also exploring wider educational issues, reflecting local and national policy and practice. This equips you with both a strong subject specialism and a wider understanding of teaching and education. We encourage you to develop your own philosophy and values surrounding your subject, your professional identity and education itself.

Choose from 12 subject specialisms:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Modern Foriegn Languages
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education

Entry Requirements


Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are stipulated by the DfE (ITT Criteria 2018).

These are:

  • GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
  • GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
  • GCSE in Science (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 (for those student teachers undertaking the Secondary PGCE in sciences)
  • A first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent in the subject-based PGCE you are applying for

If your first language is not English then you must either complete an English language GCSE, IGCSE or take the equivalency test from You will need to achieve level 4 or higher to meet requirements. We do not accept IELTS or other equivalency tests.


Entry onto this course will require you to attend an interview.

Once you've been invited to an interview, you'll be asked to complete a ‘Prior Achievement’ booklet. This enables you to match your current experience against the Teachers’ Standards.

The interview is designed to ensure that you:

  • Have the intellectual and academic capability needed to meet the required teachers’ standards.
  • Can communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You must obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check.

Medical Report

You will need to obtain a satisfactory medical report.

Additional requirements

In addition to the previously listed requirements, you will also:

  • Satisfy the institution that they have the intellectual capability for the demands of teaching
  • Pass additional safeguarding checks including a prohibition check and other checks in line with the Government Keeping Children Safe in Education policy
  • Obtain an Overseas Police Check (where applicable)

Career Prospects

You will leave us fully prepared to start work as a Newly Qualified Teacher, specialising in your chosen subject.

Course Details

The Developing Professional
Learning & Teaching in Subject Studies
Three School placements

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