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Secondary (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and In school
Next course starts
12 September 2023

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.

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

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 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.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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