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PGCE in Secondary. Routes x 3: University-led (Core), School-led (School Direct Training & School-Direct Salaried) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

Delivered by an Ofsted rated “Outstanding” provider of teacher training, this one year postgraduate course will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE. We work closely with over 500 partnership schools to prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of all National Curriculum subjects. You'll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a strong reputation for the quality of their training. 

PGCE in the following subjects*:
◾Art and Design
◾Computer Science
◾Design and Technology
◾Drama and English
◾Media Studies
◾Modern Foreign Languages
◾Physical Education
◾Physics and Maths
◾Religious Education

Core Modules:
There are three modules* to the course which are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career:

  1. Subject Studies - looks at all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and class management.
  2. Reflective Practice - has been introduced to add depth and breadth to your professional development by supplementing the practical, school-based components of your training. In all respects, the programme is intended to complement the school experience.
  3. Professional Practice - placements provide opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in a wide variety of our partnership schools.

Placements for University-led (Core)
This route has two extended placements in contrasting settings Secondary settings and a five day placement in a Primary school.

Placements for School-led (School Direct Training & Salaried)
This route offers trainees an extended placement in one main Secondary school (called a Base School), supplemented by an additional shorter placement in a contrasting Secondary school, plus a five day placement in a Primary school.

• PGCE Secondary Professional Practice (Level 6)
• PGCE Secondary Reflective Practice (Level 7)
• PGCE Secondary Subject Studies (Level 7)

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

The University sessions are interactive and challenging and delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. In School you will have direct access to observation of pupils as they learn and teachers as they teach. You will be able to try out ideas in practice in classrooms. You will be able to talk to experienced teachers and pupils about what works and what is less effective. In these ways, your learning in schools will complement what you learn in the University.

Assessments are spread across the course and focus on practical, professional and academic competences. Monitoring and development of your subject knowledge and developing expertise in the classroom is assessed through audits, presentations, directed tasks and assignments.

Graduate Destinations:

Upon completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will gain 90 credits at Master's level. This allows you to fast-track to stage two of CTE’s Master's degree, quickly progressing your professional development.

Career progression may be through taking responsibility for coordinating an area of the curriculum or leading a Key Stage, with next steps being a senior management role.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) including at least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent

English Language requirements

Band B


Centre for Teacher Education

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £9,250*
Overseas: £19,100*

*The fee for 2018-19 entry students has not yet been confirmed. The University expects to increase the fee in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy. It is anticipated that such increases will be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.