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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary

Course Description


The 11-16 years group is an interesting, often demanding, but tremendously rewarding age group to work with as your pupils become adults from early adolescence to adulthood. The course is designed to equip you to teach your main subject and to also make an effective contribution to the work of schools beyond your subject.


Teaching employs a range of teaching methods and group sizes, including lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Work based in schools is across all three terms with final teaching placements in the spring and summer terms. University-based sessions will be held in Norwich, a location widely regarded as one of the most attractive and friendliest, happiest cities to live and study in Britain. The campus is set in extensive parkland, yet just 15 minutes from the city centre, and the distinctive architecture is nationally acclaimed, one of its buildings being the most green in the country.


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the top teacher training institutions in the United Kingdom. The School is a leading centre for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level with a diverse community of practitioners, scholars and academics who teach, research, and provide professional development.


UEA teacher trainees achieve a very high success rate in gaining employment, many opting to stay in Norfolk and Suffolk. Career opportunities within secondary teaching are now far wider and more diverse than before. Within a few years of beginning teaching many are able to gain promotion to leadership positions, such as becoming a Leading Practitioner, contributing to school improvement, progressing onto Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head or, top of the ranks, Head.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Arundhati Mukherjee

"The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA is committed to developing educational researchers who produce innovative research in different fields of education."

(Student Profile)

Brian Thorne

“The initial Certificate courses at UEA have often proved to be life-changing events for participants. For many, too, they have been the vital first stage in a process which has led ultimately to qualification as a professional counsellor. I am proud to have been associated with these courses since their inception.” - Emeritus Professor


Department for Education Training Bursaries - PGCE Teacher Training (for UK/EU Students only) - No. of awards TBC

As one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in education, UEA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary and Secondary Teacher Training programmes have been developed in close partnership with schools across Norfolk and Suffolk. We offer both School Direct and Provider-led routes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £30,000


Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

Application Procedure

To be considered for an award, you should submit your application for admission to UCAS Teacher Training: http://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/apply-and-trackPlease check our website for more information and details about applying. Or alternatively contact us directly:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855

Further Information



School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an appropriate good honours degree (preferably 2:2 or above) or its equivalent by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach. Candidates should also ensure that on their application form they are able to demonstrate that they have gained recent experience with children of the relevant age range in the mainstream school environment.

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