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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary (11-18) (2019 Entry)

Our Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education focuses on the 11-18 age range (university-led) and 11-16 (school direct). Our course aims to develop you into a highly effective reflective practitioner, equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a successful school leader.

You’ll be committed to promoting the educational achievement of all pupils, and have a deep respect for their diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. You’ll be equipped with a secure subject knowledge base, and the ability to plan and teach in order to maximise pupil development. You’ll also gain the ability to assess, record and monitor the outcomes of learning, and have an understanding of the critically important processes of reflection. We will equip you with the skills needed to forge a strong personal and professional identity, which you will continue to develop throughout your career.

The secondary programme is offered across the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • MFL
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

    • Subject Studies (taught content at Warwick and school placement experience)
    • Reflective Practice (taught content at Warwick)
    • Professional Practice (taught content at Warwick and school placement experience)

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

    Pre-Sessional Courses:

    It is recommended you gain as much School Experience in mainstream UK schools as possible.

    As part of your application you must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. We suggest you register for the Skills Tests as soon as possible to ensure you complete it in good time.


    Teaching is delivered by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You’ll also attend specialist conferences where external providers deliver workshops in their area: research in action, inclusion, transition.

    You’ll receive a high level of support for both pastoral and academic needs. Time spent at Warwick will focus on exploring the links between educational theory and practice. Lead lectures will introduce a key concept and theory, with seminars then enabling you to apply this new knowledge to your own practice

    In school, you will put educational theories into practice, directly observe pupils as they learn and teachers as they teach. A minimum of 120 days are spent on school placement and a five-day primary placement is undertaken during the year. An optional four-day placement in a special school or alternative educational setting is also provided.

    Contact Hours:

    From September until the end of June, you will spend four days a week on school placement and one day a week at Warwick.

    Class Sizes:

    Typically, classes will have around 25 students.


    You will be assessed through written master’s level assignments spread across the year, which are aimed to assess your professional and subject specific learning. You’ll also be assessed on whether you meet the Teachers’ Standards at a level appropriate for a newly qualified teacher.

    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 co-ordinating an area of the curriculum or leading a Key Stage, with next steps being a senior management role.

    We want to support you in choosing the right teacher training course for you. We are currently holding a range of events which will give you a chance to meet staff and help make your decision.

    For more information on our events visit this page.

    To Visit Warwick...

    There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

    Essential information

    Course Code



    Full-time: 1 year

    (August 2019 - July 2020)

    Entry Requirements

    2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent). At least Grade C in GCSE English Language
    and Mathematics (or equivalent)

    English Language Requirements

    Band B

    IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

    Department of Study

    Centre for Teacher Education

    Location of Study

    University of Warwick

    Course Fees

    See Student Finance


    For information on scholarships and bursaries click here.

    Additional Course Costs

    Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

    Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

    You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet.

    Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


    How to Apply

    Department website

    Get a PG Prospectus


    This information is applicable for 2019 entry.