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PGCE Secondary

Course Description

Why study PGCE Secondary?

St Mary's University has a long tradition of teacher training since 1850 and about a third of our students are involved in some form of teacher education. The high quality of the St Mary’s Secondary initial teacher training (ITT) provision has been graded as 'outstanding' by Ofsted and we work in close partnership with a wide range of schools in the London area.

In particular, we pride ourselves on the level of care to support trainee teachers at the start of their professional journey. Our tutors are experienced teachers, who have worked in a range of schools before specialising in ITT. They are actively involved in research to inform practice and they hold a number of important external roles which enhance the provision.

The Secondary PGCE course at St Mary’s integrates core PGCE trainee teachers with School Direct (non-salaried) trainees to lead to the award of a Masters level qualification and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Why St Mary's

As a successful PGCE Secondary trainee teacher at St Mary's, you will:

• Teach your specialist subject with confidence, based on a research and evidence-informed approaches.
• Be part of an active St Mary’s community, sharing good practice and innovative ideas.
• Have the opportunity to gain 60 credits at M level through course work assignments in addition to the recommendation for QTS.
• Receive ongoing support and development opportunities as a newly qualified teacher and beyond.

Subjects Available

• English: School Direct only
• Geography: F8X1
• History: School Direct only
• Mathematics: G1X1
• Modern Foreign Languages: R9X1
• Physical Education: C6XC
• Religious Education: V6X1
• Science: Biology: C1X1; Chemistry: F1X1; Physics: F3X1

School Placements

Trainee teachers are prepared for teaching in partnership with schools that are formally linked to St Mary's and this provides an excellent framework to develop teaching skills.

Trainee teachers are allocated two school placements during the 36-week course. In total, 24 weeks is spent in school to ensure close links between theory and practice throughout.

In line with the University Mission Statement, the programme seeks to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools at home and abroad with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.

The PGCE Secondary course provision is enhanced by frequent and valued input from practising classroom teachers and colleagues from the senior leadership teams in our partnership schools.

How To Apply


Financial Information


Visit the PGCE Secondary page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please see the University website for PGCE entry requirements

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