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School Direct (Tuition Fee): Economics PGCE

Course Description

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Economics PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

Degree information

We draw on current research at the UCL Institute of Education and elsewhere to inform our economics teaching and encourage students to engage with recent debates and literature in the field. Our underlying aim is for students to develop as reflective and highly skilled teachers.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.

The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.

Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Subject Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Wider Educational Studies (30 Master's-level credits)
-Professional Practice

Students Teachers undertake at least two placements (totaling 120 days) at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. Economics PGCE students will teach Economics to A level, and are likely to teach a second subject at GCSE or Key Stage 3. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement at the host school or alliance. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, assignments and a portfolio (which links into continuing professional development in the induction year).


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers of economics and/or business, while others have jobs as middle and senior managers in schools. Graduates in this area can also be found working as education officers, teachers in international schools and as entrepreneurs running businesses offering consultancy in schools.

A PGCE from the IOE carries considerable currency in schools, which alongside the quality of training you receive, puts you in a strong position in the employment market. Last year, all those students who sought employment in a school were successful. We expect 100% success rate in gaining a post in a school by the end of the year.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme prepares students to teach Economics across the 14-19 age range in a flexible and engaging way. Tutors promote interactive learning and a collaborative ethos is encouraged.

Teaching on the Economics PGCE is delivered by skilled classroom practitioners who have extensive experience in teaching economics and business, as well as in school leadership, educational research and consultancy and practical experience from industry.

Students participate in lectures and seminars designed to enhance their development as teachers. These interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management and subject-specific pedagogy.

We offer placements through our partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond, which enable each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher.

Visit the School Direct (Tuition Fee): Economics PGCE page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an Economics-related subject. Prospective students must complete a minimum of five days of school experience before they can be enrolled on the Secondary PGCE. Applicants must ensure that their school experience is relevant in helping them to prepare for the Secondary PGCE, during which Student Teachers are placed in a wide range of schools across London and the South East. You will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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