Secondary (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and In school
Next course starts
9 September 2024

About this course

Change the lives of young people by becoming a qualified teacher on one of our PGCE Secondary courses. You can choose from 8 national curriculum subjects. 

We provide a first-class route into teaching and have been recognised as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. 

As a student on the course you’ll gain:

  • practical experience through placements in 2 of our partnership schools
  • theoretical and practical training led by subject-specialist university tutors, all of whom are experienced teachers
  • teaching that is informed by the latest pedagogical research and draws on expertise from one of the UK’s top university Schools of Education and its partner schools

Your main placement will start in September under the guidance of an experienced classroom teacher. Your school-based mentor will guide you through an individualised progression based on your own starting point. By the end of the course in June, you’ll be able to confidently manage an early-career teacher’s timetable. You’ll also train and teach in a contrasting school for long enough to understand the differences between the schools.

Find out more and talk to a tutor at one of our Open Evenings.

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.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Your Programme Director is Lucy Hoyes. Senior Teaching Fellow who has a MA in Professional Enquiry and has a strong interest in developing numeracy skills with young people across the curriculum.

For more information view Lucy’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.

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