We have a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing teachers who are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and overseas.
We train secondary school teachers in Mathematics and in Physical Education. The PGCE prepares students to teach the 11-18 age range and is offered as a full-time one year course. It provides practical professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools, and is designed and delivered in partnership with schools in up to 10 Local Authorities.
The PGCE represents the first year, and contributes to a half of an MSc in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), providing an opportunity for students to gain a relevant masters degree during your early teaching career.
Students have the opportunity to be taught and supervised by staff whose teaching and research excellence has been formally acknowledged as of national and international renown and to be at the cutting edge of educational innovation. Many of the staff who teach on the modules have written key text books in their area of expertise.
In accordance with current Government requirements, all applicants must be interviewed before a place can be offered, to assess their suitability for teaching. It is normally expected that candidates should have recent and relevant experience of working with young people, preferably in a state secondary school setting, before applying for any programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status.
Applicants also have to meet Government requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, and to have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance to work with children and young people. Applicants must also pass externally assessed Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to commencing a PGCE course.
Application to the first year of the programme (PGCE) is made through UCAS.
Careers and further study
The majority of our PGCE trainees have secured teaching posts by the time they complete their training. Schools want our teachers. A Loughborough PGCE gives you excellent career prospects. Our newly qualified teachers have gone on to successful teaching careers in many different schools throughout the UK and overseas.