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PGCE Secondary

Course Description

This course prepares you to teach students aged 11-18 and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You'll combine substantial school-based training with University training. You need to be resilient, resourceful, robust and open-minded. The course is suited to recent graduates and those looking for a change in career. On the course, you will develop teaching skills, and curriculum knowledge and understanding within a broad, relevant theoretical framework – as well as specialising in one subject.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/pgce-secondary.aspx

You will specialise in one of the following subjects:

- English (UCAS code: GQ3X1)
- Maths (GG1X1)
- Biology (GC1X1)
- Chemistry (GF1X1)
- Physics (GF3X1)
- Physics with maths (GF3GX)
- Art and design (GW1X1)
- Drama (GW4X1)
- History (GV1X1)
- Modern foreign languages (French (GR1X1), German (GR2X1) or Spanish (GR4X1))
- Music (GW3X1)
- PE (GX9C6)
- Computer science (GIX99)
- Design and technology (G2LYQ)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the PGCE Secondary page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent. You will need to have spent some time observing practice in a maintained secondary school, pass the QTS Skills Tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

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