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Overview

If you're looking for a rewarding career where you can make a positive difference to other people's lives, teaching is a great choice – and on our PGCE courses, you'll gain you the skills and confidence you need to become an outstanding secondary school teacher.

On this 1-year course, you'll be supported by our tutors and school-based mentors as you learn to plan and deliver lessons with strong subject knowledge, confidence and imagination, while reflecting on what it means to teach.

Our teacher training programmes have been given an outstanding review from Ofsted and we've got excellent links with many schools in the region – so when you finish your course, you'll graduate with excellent career prospects, and eligibility for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) too.

What you'll experience

The PGCE has three interconnected strands – Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and School Experience – so the skills and knowledge you pick up can be practised and built on with real-life teaching experience. And you'll hone your teaching skills in whichever of the following subject areas you choose:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Computer Science
  • Science (with biology, physics or chemistry)  

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • work-based learning
  • supervised teaching practice
  • lectures
  • group participation
  • guided reading

How you're assessed​

The assessments that you'll complete on this course are designed to ensure that you meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you'll be assessed through:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you'll demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course, you'll also collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

Careers and opportunities

Once you graduate, you'll be ready to start your teaching career. Over 90 per cent of Portsmouth PGCE graduates go into full-time teaching, and once you're an established teaching professional, you'll have opportunities for further career progression in roles including year head and subject leader.


Visit the PGCE Computer Science page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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