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PGCE (Secondary): Part-time Programme

Course Description

This course offers an innovative and integrated route for those looking to become qualified secondary school teachers who need a flexible programme of study- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/secondary-flexible/

The part-time PGCE is available for those wanting to teach English, Design & Technology, or Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

You will take part in College-based workshops and tutorials where you’ll be fully supported by a network including mentors, tutors and peers. At the same time, you will spend an overall period of 24 weeks working in a school environment, gradually taking full responsibility over classes.

We will normally arrange your placement in a school that is already in partnership with us. Most of these schools are in the Greater London area. The timings of the two main blocks of school experience are arranged to meet your requirements and those of the placement schools.

The programme is part-time in order to fit around your individual circumstances and how intensively you are able to work.

You will normally be expected to complete within two academic years. (You may also be able to take limited periods of ‘time out’, in agreement with your College tutor.)

Additional costs

On top of your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Emma Snowden (Science) or Alan Bright (D&T).


A substantial part of the PGCE will be supported self-study, which enables you to work from home and around other commitments. In addition, a compulsory programme of workshops and classes based at Goldsmiths provides the essential elements of face-to-face teaching and collaborative learning.

A staged approach is taken within the modules. Significant elements of the programme must be followed in sequence.

There are a minimum of nine College-based work days across the programme – a combination of Saturdays and weekdays. Because of the significant self-study element on the programmes, you are required to be well-organised and able to meet deadlines. In some circumstances, you may be exempted from aspects of the self-study modules if you can show evidence of having completed an equivalent training course before you start the part-time PGCE.

You will complete the equivalent of 24 weeks in school over the three school-based modules. In some cases, previous relevant experience (such as teaching overseas) or experience of working with children in other settings (homework clubs or summer schools, for example) may count towards this total, if supporting evidence is provided.

We normally expect you to arrange your other commitments to enable you to undertake the school-based modules on a full-time basis. In some cases it may be possible for you to complete School Experience 1 on a part-time basis, as three or four days a week over a longer period of time. However, School Experience 2 consists of full-time attendance in the school for one block of 12 weeks.


We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established a reputation for excellence in this field.

Educational Studies

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher.

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms.


We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring.


Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.**

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

• Taught subject sessions

• Taught General Professional Study sessions

• Practical workshops

• Core lectures

• Group tutorials/seminars

• Individual tutorials

• Individual and group presentations

• Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the PGCE (Secondary): Part-time Programme page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ayesha Qureshi

126.gif I started my modular PGCE at Goldsmiths in January 2008. I’d been deliberating about whether to do the PGCE since I’d graduated in 2005, and had done a TEFL level 4 in the meantime, as well as working in business sales for BT, and also spending a couple of months working as a press cutter. Fortunately, I got an interview with Goldsmiths through clearing in August 2008. Being able to do the course on a modular basis and start the following January was really helpful, because I was going to be moving from Cardiff; the extra six months bought me some time to get my life ‘in gear’.

Although I hadn’t planned to come to Goldsmiths, I’m very happy that this is where I’m doing my PGCE. It’s a highly esteemed educational establishment (people tend to respond very positively when I tell them where I’m doing my qualification), and it’s in a good location. The library and IT services are good, and there’s a lovely Mexican restaurant across the road!

Pursuing the modular option has been advantageous because I’m back and forth between London and Cardiff, and prefer doing my modules through distance learning. The course is stressful, though ultimately very rewarding, and Maggie Pitfield and all of the other tutors I have had contact with are encouraging and supportive. Good luck... I hope you choose what’s best for you:)


Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information



Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have an undergraduate honours degree eg. BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons), of usually 2:2 or above, from a university in the United Kingdom. You will have GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject (including Combined Science). Please note that English Language proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS or the Cambridge First or Advanced Certificates are not acceptable. If you do not have – or are not currently studying for – a GCSE in English or Mathematics, you may be eligible to sit the internal College tests.

Last Updated

07 August 2017

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