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Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - PGCE

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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    24 July 2018

Course content

This intensive and well-supported year of training will prepare you to teach young people in the 11–16 age phase. You will also benefit from additional opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth-form level.

You will focus on one of the following subject specialisms:

  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages (French, German or Spanish)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Citizenship with Social Science
  • English
  • Geography
  • Religious Education

In addition to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree.

In addition to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the secondary curriculum, including your own specialist subject and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools. You will spend two-thirds of your course in both placements.

What will you study?

Twenty-four weeks of this 36-week practical programme are based in school. You will have assessed practice placements in at least two different schools, enabling you to experience varied types of school. Mentors within the schools, and your University tutors, will provide training, support and guidance during the placements. Your university studies will focus on the teaching of your specialist subject, together with professional skills (eg planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline and control), which will help you become an effective teacher.

Please be aware: applicants need to pass NCTL's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy as a condition of entry to the course. Please consult the Get into Teaching website for more information.


You will be assessed against the Teacher Standards during your school placements and complete four PGCE modules.

Course Structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


  • Professional Practice
  • The Reflective Teacher
  • Perspectives on policy, practice and professionalism for teachers

Specialist pathways

  • Mathematics specialist pathway
  • Modern languages specialist pathway
  • Science specialist pathway
  • Citizenship with Social Science specialist pathway
  • English specialist pathway
  • Geography specialist pathway
  • Religious Education specialist pathway

Visit the Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - PGCE page on the Kingston University website for more details!




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