About this course
Become a qualified teacher for 11 to 16 year-old’s through our PGCE Secondary course. You’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in one of seven different subject areas and benefit from our partnership with over 125 regional schools.
Our university-based Secondary PGCE course provides an excellent route into teaching.
You’ll choose one of a range of National Curriculum subjects and have placements in 2 schools. Placements start in October, under the guidance of experienced classroom teachers. You’ll also attend training days at the University every Friday. The rest of the course you’ll spend in University learning from teaching experts.
Through this course you’ll cover:
- key concepts and processes in your subject
- planning and behaviour management
- ICT, literacy, and numeracy within your subject
- teaching diversity and controversial topics
- age 11 to 19 curriculum
We also offer Subject Knowledge Expert (SKE) courses if you want to teach maths, physics, or computer science but your degree isn’t in a relevant subject. You’ll need an A level in maths or one of the sciences. An SKE will give you the extra subject knowledge plus some classroom experience, before joining a PGCE the following September. You may also receive a bursary for the SKE.
The individual subjects you can choose from include:
- PGCE Art and Design
- PGCE English
- PGCE Geography
- PGCE History
- PGCE Information Technology and Computer Science (IT&CS)
- PGCE Mathematics
- PGCE Modern Languages
- PGCE Physical Education
- PGCE Sciences
- SKE Computer Sciences Subject Knowledge Enhancement
- SKE Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement
- SKE Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement
For further general information on our courses please see our full list of teacher training courses
You can find general information on teaching as a career, including the criteria for QTS, on the Department for Education website.
For enquiries about a particular subject, contact the subject tutor. Details are given on each subject as listed on this page.
Your course leader is Rachele Morse, who is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Course Leader for our History, Geography and Religious Education PGCE programmes. She is also the Programme Director for the Secondary PGCE. Rachele has specific areas of interest in the mentoring and coaching of early career teachers and also developing pupils’ learning and thinking skills. She has published work on mentoring in the professional journal ‘Teaching History’ and is a member of the History Teacher Education Network (HTEN).
For more information view Rachele’s staff profile
This course is based at Highfield and In school.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
- a 2:2 undergraduate degree
- some subject knowledge
- GCSEs (minimum grade 4/C) in English language and maths
You don’t need experience in a school before you start this course, but we do recommend you spend some time in a classroom to improve your understanding the role of a teacher.
Please also provide full details of subjects and level of any Access or other qualifications you have.
If your GCSE qualifications aren’t suitable, we offer equivalency tests in English and maths (non-transferable) which cost £50 each.
If you’re currently studying for one of the required qualifications, any place offered would be conditional on a successful outcome of this, or of a Southampton University equivalency test.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time course. You’ll study from September to June, with breaks at Christmas and Easter.
You’ll divide your time between the University and 2 placement schools. If you choose to study the School Direct PGCE option you will spend your time in your placement school.
The course consists of 4 compulsory modules. We assess 3 of them at master’s level, 1 at undergraduate level. You’ll need to pass the 3 master’s-level modules to gain your PGCE award.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include:
- group activities
- directed study
- independent study and research
- school placements
Assessment is based mainly on your ability to teach. You’ll also have 3 major assignments and several short tasks, which you’ll receive preparation for.
We’ll also assess you using:
- written assignments
- a presentation
- a portfolio
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Successfully completing this course will give you Qualified Teacher Status as well as your PGCE award. This means you'll be able to work as a teacher in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
We have high employment rates from our PGCE courses, with many trainees going on to work in our partnership schools. Successful completion of the maths specialism route will also put you in a strong position, both when applying for jobs and career development.
If you choose to continue your studies, the credits you build up from your master’s-level modules can be put towards a future master’s degree qualification.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,104.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Extra costs you might have to pay
Travel to and from school placements.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
PGCE course applications are processed through UCAS. When you apply, you'll be taken to the UCAS website where you'll need to register an account with UCAS to submit an application. For information: there is a plan to move PGCE courses from applying through UCAS onto a DFE system.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
UCAS process applications for this course. When you apply, they'll give you details of any supporting information or documents you'll need to submit.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a reference
- an English language qualification
- a personal statement
- evidence of professional qualifications
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
Following application through UCAS you will hear back by email from the University. The University has 40 working days to respond to your application, but you will almost always hear back much more quickly than that.
If you are selected for the next stage of the process you will be invited for an interview at the University. The interview process includes an opportunity to find out more about the course and to ask questions. You will give a short presentation, complete a short written task and have a face-to-face interview with tutors. Following the interview, we'll make a decision on whether or not to offer you a conditional place. The decision will be uploaded to UCAS within 5 working days of the interview date.
Interviews will take place online if they are not possible in person. You'll receive an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
All offers are conditional on enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health checks.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000