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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary (11-18) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-X34W
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • PGCE
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education focuses on ages 11-18 and 11-16. Warwick's Centre for Teacher Education will train you to become a highly effective practitioner. With the help of Warwick's experts you will develop the skills and knowledge to become a successful school leader.

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 will 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 and Design
  • Biology^
  • Chemistry^
  • Computer Science^
  • Drama
  • English^
  • Geography^
  • History
  • Maths^
  • MFL^
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education with EBacc
  • Physics^
  • Religious Education^

^2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

You may also wish to consider our School Direct routes. Please visit the Centre for Teacher Education website to find out more.

Enhanced training in SEN teaching and learning is a distinctive aspect of our school and professional experience.

The Warwick Teacher Values, based on social justice, curiosity and creativity run through all our programmes.

Core Modules

  • Subject Studies: this module is taught by a subject specialist and focuses on the theory, method and practice of teaching your own subject.
  • Professional Enquiry: this module aims to add depth and breadth to your professional development by supplementing the practical, school-based components of your training, by developing you as an effective reflective practitioner who is able to engage critically with both academic research and your own practice.
  • Professional Practice: this module contains both taught content and school placements, focusing on the Teachers’ Standards which range from behaviour management and lesson planning to personal and professional conduct.

Regular tutorials and a flexible seminar programme ensure that you are treated as an individual from the outset and are supported to progress according to your ability, taking account of your professional and personal development needs.

You will be assessed through written Masters’ level assignments, which are aimed at assessing 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.

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline^. At least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent). Please note, the new Grade 4 is considered equivalent to the old Grade C within the new grading system from 2017 onwards.

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

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Apply through DfE Apply for postgraduate teacher training programmes.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Scholarships and bursaries are available for teacher training.

Upon completing one of our courses, 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.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Applications and Interviews for Teaching Jobs
  • Preparing for Teaching Job Interviews
  • Writing a Personal Statement for Teaching Jobs
  • Careers Drop In (for applications and interview support)

The Centre for Teacher Education offers several information evenings where you can learn more about the department and course.

There are several 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 these opportunities, visit us Postgraduate Visits page.