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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Become a qualified teacher for 11 to 16 year-olds through our PGCE Secondary course. You’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in one of 8 different subject areas and benefit from our partnership with over 125 regional schools.

Our university-led Secondary PGCE course provides an excellent route into teaching.

You’ll choose one of a range of National Curriculum subjects and have placements in 2 schools. Placements start in September, under the guidance of experienced classroom teachers. You’ll attend a school placement from Monday to Thursday to gain sustainable classroom experience. On Fridays you'll be in the University learning from teaching experts.

Through this course you’ll cover:

  • key concepts and processes in your subject
  • planning and behaviour management
  • ICT, literacy, and numeracy within your subject
  • inclusion and special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
  • age 11 to 19 curriculum

The individual subjects you can choose from include:

  • PGCE Art and Design
  • PGCE English
  • PGCE Geography
  • PGCE History
  • PGCE Mathematics
  • PGCE Modern Languages
  • PGCE Physical Education
  • PGCE Sciences

If you have the right qualities and enthusiasm to teach but may need some additional subject support, then you can talk to our tutors about how to develop suitable subject knowledge. Contact details are on each of the subject pages listed above.


Successfully completing this course will give you Qualified Teacher Status as well as your PGCE award. This means you'll be able to work as a teacher in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

We have high employment rates from our PGCE courses, with many trainees going on to work in our partnership schools.

If you choose to continue your studies, the credits you build up from your master’s-level modules can be put towards a future master’s degree qualification.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 84 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    164 79%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%



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