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Education - Secondary PGCE

Course Description

The Graduate School of Education is an Ofsted Outstanding Provider and offers a one-year programme for graduates, leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Each year we train approximately 200 students to teach in secondary schools. We work in partnership with approximately 70 local schools and colleges; student teachers spend two-thirds of their PGCE year on placement in at least two schools.

The Graduate School of Education also works with three local school alliances supporting School Direct non-salaried (with PGCE). We welcome applications from graduates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Usually two-thirds of our students are graduates of universities other than Bristol.

In its February 2011 report, Ofsted stated that the University recruited students with "suitable attributes to develop into very effective teachers who are easily employed both locally and further afield". Successful completion of this programme will give students 60 credit points at Master's level.

Programme structure

The programme lasts a minimum of 36 weeks and starts in early September. The structure can be thought of in terms of three major, interrelated components:
-Curriculum Studies (main subject specialism)
-Educational and Professional Studies
-School Experience

The main subjects we offer are:
-Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian in specific combinations only)
-Religious Education
-Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)


The programme is approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Visit the Education - Secondary PGCE page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Prior to admission, all students are required to have: at least GCSE or O level at grade C (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in English and Mathematics; a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject. Applicants to the PGCE at Bristol are recommended to book their Skills Tests as soon as they have made their UCAS Teacher Training application and confirm the date of the tests to us. Candidates will be at an advantage if they have passed the tests by the time they are interviewed.

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