Programme Structure Programme Structure

The PGCE Secondary programme will prepare you to teach young people aged 11–16, with post-16 enhancement opportunities. This is a stimulating, often demanding, but tremendously rewarding age group to work with.


Our PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.  The programme runs for 38 weeks and in line with national requirements for all initial teacher training, you will be on placement for two-thirds of the time (120 days).

During your two main placements in our partnership schools and academies, you will gain a broad range of practical teaching experience.  You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice and develop as a reflective classroom practitioner.


  • Work with specialist subject tutors, in curriculum groups with fellow students who share a passion for their subject
  • Focus on the application of subject pedagogy in the classroom, drawing on recent and current subject-specific research with the support of your specialist subject tutor
  • Expand your subject knowledge when you participate in lectures, seminars and workshops involving subject specialists and guests from across our partnership
  • Experience of teaching in contrasting school settings to enable you to work with a wide range of young people and learn strategies to inspire and instil a love of learning.