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PGCE Economics

Course Description

The Economics PGCE prepares students to teach Economics across the 14–19 age range. Tutors promote interactive teaching and learning and a collaborative ethos is encouraged. We draw on current research at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and elsewhere to inform our teaching and encourage students to engage with recent debates and literature in the field.

Degree information

We draw on current research at the Institute of Education and elsewhere to inform our economics teaching and encourage students to engage with recent debates and literature in the field. Our underlying aim is for students to develop as reflective and highly skilled teachers.

Students undertake two level 7 (Master’s-level) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.

The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.

Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Subject Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Wider Educational Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Professional Practice

Students Teachers undertake at least two placements (totaling 120 days) at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. Economics PGCE students will teach Economics to A level, and are likely to teach a second subject at GCSE or Key Stage 3. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.

Teaching and learning
The Secondary PGCE is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of an ongoing portfolio charting the student's continuing professional development.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers of economics and/or business, while others have jobs as middle and senior managers in schools. Graduates in this area can also be found working as education officers, teachers in international schools and as entrepreneurs running businesses offering consultancy in schools.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Secondary School Business Studies and Economics Teacher, Middlesex School
-NQT Teacher, London School
-Business BTEC Teacher, Unspecified 6th Form College
-Secondary School Business and IT Teacher, Unspecified Secondary School
-Economics and Politics Teacher, Unspecified School

There is a shortage of economics teachers in London and beyond. Successful graduates are likely to be in high demand.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Teaching on the Economics PGCE is delivered by skilled classroom practitioners who have extensive experience in teaching economics and business, as well as in school leadership, educational research and consultancy and practical experience from industry.

Students participate in lectures and seminars designed to enhance their development as teachers. These interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management and subject-specific pedagogy.

We offer placements through our partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond, which enable each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher.

Visit the PGCE Economics page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an Economics-related subject. Prospective students must complete a minimum of five days of school experience. This may involve observations, work experience (e.g. as a teaching assistant or cover supervisor), or voluntary work. Applicants must ensure that their school experience is relevant in helping them to prepare for the Secondary PGCE, during which Student Teachers are placed in a wide range of schools across London and the South East. You must successfully complete the Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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