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Our PGCE Secondary course is an innovative and intensive nine month course preparing you, as a graduate, for the demands of teaching in the secondary sector. You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools on completion of the course.

The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway where you will spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching in two different schools.

Subjects you can train to teach in are: 

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For all subject areas, a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to the subject you wish to teach or, in some exceptional cases, an unrelated degree if you have extensive employment in industry in the relevant subject area.

You will need English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary.

Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required.

We welcome candidates with experience in business and industry, particularly where this work has enhanced your knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject you wish to teach.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Hons degree

All about the course

The PGCE Secondary programme comprises of three modules:

  • Subject Pedagogy
  • Professional Practice
  • Research and Enquiry in Professional Educational Practice.

However, the programme is designed to ensure learning in professional practice and the academic study are complementary, and so all modules are informed by and inform practice. PGCE student teachers will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

If you are studying for the PGCE Physical Education with EBacc Subject the following will apply:

Trainees are required to undertake additional training in an EBacc subject (English, English literature, Maths, History, Geography, Science or Languages) alongside their main specialism of PE, so that they are capable of teaching this priority area in school. You are required to have a minimum of grade C at A Level in your chosen EBacc subject. PE with EBacc will require trainees to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards in PE only, whilst receiving training in an EBacc subject. Trainees who successfully complete their training will be awarded QTS in PE only and not the 'with' EBacc subject. 


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place, in the main, at the University’s Canterbury Campus. The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity. There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.

You will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual learning support offered on this course, provided by mentors in school and university tutors. The lead tutors and mentors are all qualified teachers.

You can exit the PGCE course with one of two awards.

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 60 or 40 Level 6 credits. If students achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

How you’ll be assessed

Students will be assessed via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit an academic assignment for 20 credits at Master’s Level (Level 7) in each of the three modules. The assessment varies for each submission and will include both written elements and presentations.

Your future career

Upon successful completion of the programme you can teach in schools all over the world as a qualified teacher. 

I now work as Director of Studies managing teams of teachers on short courses across Europe, and teach in the UK for various institutions. I also mentor undergraduate and postgraduate university students.



2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 / year N/A

Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases. Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

Subject bursaries are available in:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Languages
  • Biology

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course

If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £26,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computing

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

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