Skip to main content
Courses / Postgraduate / Secondary (PGCE)

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
September 2020

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:

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.

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.