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Secondary (PGCE)

Award
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield and In school
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Become a qualified teacher for 11 to 16 year-olds through our PGCE Secondary course. You’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in one of 8 different subject areas and benefit from our partnership with over 125 regional schools.

Our university-led 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 September, under the guidance of experienced classroom teachers. You’ll attend a school placement from Monday to Thursday to gain sustainable classroom experience. On Fridays you'll be in the 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 
  • inclusion and special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
  • age 11 to 19 curriculum 

The individual subjects you can choose from include:

If you have the right qualities and enthusiasm to teach but may need some additional subject support, then you can talk to our tutors about how to develop suitable subject knowledge. Contact details are on each of the subject pages listed above.

For further general information on our courses please see our full list of teacher training courses.

Course lead

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

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and In school.

Awarding body

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.

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