PGCE Secondary

Year of entry

*Subject to validation

Year of entry 2018-19 - we are currently refreshing the course for 2018-19. The details below will give you an idea of the type of content covered; please revisit this page later in the year to see the latest information on the updated course.

Applications for 2018 entry are open and are made via UCAS Teacher Training.

The PGCE Secondary programme is an innovative and intensive nine month course preparing graduates 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: 

  • Applied Business Studies (Subject to validation);
  • Art and Design;
  • Citizenship;
  • Computing;
  • English;
  • Geography;
  • Health and Social Care (Subject to validation);
  • History;
  • Mathematics;
  • Modern Foreign Languages;
  • Music;
  • Physical Education;
  • Psychology (Subject to validation);
  • Religious Education;
  • Sciences.
The programme is for people who want to become qualified teachers.

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.

Subject Pedagogy

This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.

Research and Enquiry in Professional Educational Practice

This module aims to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

The module also enables you to choose an area of personal interest to you to study this in more depth.

Professional Practice

This module contains the Teaching Practice element of the programme.  The module is spent in schools or colleges working alongside qualified teachers teaching your subject to pupils within the setting.

Upon successful completion of the programme students can teach in schools as qualified teachers.

Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place, in the main, at university on the 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.

Student teachers 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 support for learning offered in this programme provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this programme are all qualified teachers.


2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  £9,250 £12,000
Part-time  £4,625 N/A 

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. For instance, if you teach secondary maths, you could get £30,000 – £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching.

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 £28,000 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:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Secondary maths

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.

PGCE Alumni Discount

Christ Church is offering a 10% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2018-19. A further 10% Alumni Discount is also available for students who are not in receipt of a Department of Education bursary, professional subject association scholarship or not eligible to receive a Christ Church grant/bursary.

Criteria for eligibility

The PGCE alumni discount is available in two parts:

  •  A 10% tuition fee discount for CCCU alumni, as follows:
    • for students who are studying the full PGCE (primary or secondary) - 10% discount of the full tuition fee for students who are self-funding their tuition fees (i.e. the discount will not be applied if the student is being sponsored and the Sponsor is paying for the tuition fees);
    • for students who are studying the PGCE School Direct - 10% discount of the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ element of the programme only (i.e. 10% of the ‘top-up’ fee of £3,290 which is paid over and above the training fee of £5,960).

It should be noted that the discount will not apply to the School Direct training fee element for any School Direct students, whether they are Salaried or Unsalaried. The discount will only apply to the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ if students are self-funding that element of the fee.

  • An additional 10% tuition fee discount (on the same basis as above) for the following CCCU alumni
    • for students who are not in receipt of a DfE bursary and who are not eligible to receive a CCCU grant / bursary;
    • for students who are not in receipt of a DfE bursary, but who are eligible for a CCCU grant / bursary, students will receive either the additional 10% PGCE alumni discount OR the CCCU grant / bursary (whichever is higher and therefore of most benefit to the student).

Please read the Terms and Conditions 

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2018-19, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests.

Please read the Terms and Conditions

Students will be assessed in two main ways­ via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits at Master’s Level (Level 7) in each of the three modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

You can exit the PGCE courses 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, they will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

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.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Discolsure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

Applications can be made through  UCAS Teacher Training for September 2018.

If you apply promptly for teacher training 2018, before 31 July, the UCAS application fee will be reduced from £24 to £1.

“What I love most about the course is that what you learn during university sessions is linked to what you do on your school placements. Tutors use their own experiences, it isn’t just theory we are taught but we’re learning from their knowledge of being teachers. They have a lot of expertise and show their own love of teaching. 
Thiebault Pastor, PGCE Secondary (French with Spanish) 

“It’s an amazing university, it’s very friendly and you get loads of support. My lecturer is amazing and enthusiastic, and he really makes you think about how you can use what he says in school the next week.   

It's really nice to come together with the School Direct students we’re like a big languages family. It’s a real mixture of people and ages, and works really well as we’ve all experienced different things.” 
Helen Genders, PGCE Secondary (French with Spanish) 

“I chose Christ Church because I knew people that studied PGCEs here and all had good things to say about it. The application process was really good, Christ Church were really supportive throughout the whole interview process, and they really wanted me to do my best. 

 I’m really enjoying my first school placement and I‘d take a job there if I could, it’s a really good fit for me. I could see myself going abroad after teaching in the UK, the seven to 14 pathway will give me the flexibility to yo-yo between the two areas of education. More specifically, Curriculum Studies I know I will use for the rest of my career.” 
Hugh Scott, PGCE 7–14 Years 

“It is not just the support you get from the staff at Christ Church but also from your peers. Someone might have heard something in a school and it gets passed on, you can relate it to your own teaching and your own life. 

I really like the physical side of the Curriculum Studies sessions. With music, everyone is doing something, there isn’t a single lesson that doesn’t involve singing, dancing or playing. We take it in turns to run a half hour mini-lesson. We then take these activities into school and use them with the kids.”
Eleanor German, PGCE Secondary (Music)  


Fact file

UCAS course code

  • NX1D Applied Business Studies
  • W1X1 Art and Design
  • L9X1 Citizenship
  • 2BSJ Computing
  • 2243 English
  • F8X1 Geography
  • LMNC Health and Social Care
  • V1X1 History
  • G1X1 Mathematics
  • R1X1 MFL (French)
  • RX11 MFL (French with German)
  • RXD1 MFL (French with Spanish)
  • RX21 MFL (German with French)
  • 2VSV MFL (German with Spanish)
  • R4X1 MFL (Spanish)
  • RX41 MFL (Spanish with French)
  • 2VTL MFL (Spanish with German)
  • W3X1 Music
  • C6XC Physical Education
  • C8X1 Psychology
  • 2CQ9 Religious Education
  • CX11 Sciences (Biology)
  • F2X1 Sciences (Chemistry)
  • F3X2 Sciences (Physics)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

    • For all subject areas (except History*) 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;
    • English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary;
    • Passes in the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.
    • *NB Applicants for the PGCE Secondary History programme must have a degree class of 2.1 or above.
    You will need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be.




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