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PGCE Secondary

Course Description

This one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status to teach in secondary schools. We work closely with over 500 partnership schools to prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including the teaching of all National Curriculum subjects. You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the fees. You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship up to £30,000.*

Subjects offered:

- Art & Design
- Biology
- Business Studies
- Chemistry
- Computer Science
- Dance
- Design & Technology
- Drama
- Economics
- English
- Geography
- Health & Social Care
- History
- Mathematics
- Media Studies
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Music
- Physical Education
- Physics
- Psychology
- Religious Education
- Social Sciences

By completing this course, you’ll have the opportunity to fast-track to Stage Two of a Masters’ degree, giving you a head-start if you decide to continue your professional development. Many of our postgraduates choose to develop their career through a specialist curriculum or pastoral role, or by moving into management. They may become heads of department, heads of year or co-ordinators of a cross-curricular area, such as special needs or careers education, as well as subject or professional mentors for trainee teachers on placement.

Route 1: University-Led (Core)

If you have little direct experience of the classroom but passionate about your subject and would like to experience placements in different schools, including one with a sixth form, this may the best option for you. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships.

Route 2: School-Led (School Direct Training)

This is a good option if you have some experience in working with young people, for example you may be a scout leader or have worked as a camp leader. Your placement is based mainly in one school with some limited time spent at the University. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Route 3: School-Led (School Direct Salaried)

The salaried route provides an employment based option for high-quality graduates with previous work experience, ideal for those who have worked in a school setting or who are seeking to change career. You will not be eligible for any bursaries or scholarships.

Visit the PGCE Secondary page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Secondary Teaching

"Having trained with Warwick University was definitely and immensely instrumental to my teaching career. From the very outset of the course to the finishing end, it was aimed to train and equip aspiring, up and coming teachers holistically."

Samson, PGCE Alumni

"The course at Warwick was so tough. We were really pushed to perform our best, there was a real sense of passion and commitment to excellence and there were such high expectations. This is of course very reflective of the profession itself though, so it was intense but it needed to be. It really toughened me up and gave me such a range of experiences with different schools, staff and teaching practices that it has given me an amazing foundation."

Gemma, PGCE Alumni


Entry Requirements

2:2 or above undergraduate degree, Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent). Normally, at least 50% of your degree content should relate to your subject specialism.

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