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PGCE Secondary Education

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.  Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range. 

Our PGCE Secondary is offered at master’s level for Dance, EnglishHistory, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science.

Course content

Pedagogy is explored in small subject groups; techniques are examined for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

Course fees for 2017/18

1 Year full time £9250.


The Dance route is designed to build on prior experience to equip all students with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of Dance across Key Stage 3 and 4 and Post 16.


The English route is designed to equip students to teach language and literature across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the national curriculum and to A Level. The two subject study modules, which are based at our Bognor Regis Campus, involve active learning and all students lead sessions at different points of the year.


The History routes is designed to equip you to teach the subject across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the national curriculum and to A Level. This course aims to produce reflective and effective classroom practitioners, who are conversant with current discourses on history as it relates to secondary education.


As with all the PGCE Secondary subjects, this group is relatively small so that your tutors can recognise your particular strengths and needs, and there’s excellent support and academic advice. A team of mathematics tutors with complementary expertise contribute to the university-based sessions and are also subject tutors for school placement visits.

Modern Languages

The PGCE Secondary in Modern Languages aims to develop the necessary skills to teach modern languages effectively and make learning experiences for young people enjoyable and varied. In the University subject sessions you’ll develop your understanding of how children learn and appropriate modern languages teaching, including the use of target language and assessment.

Physical Education

This course aims to develop professional knowledge, understanding and skills in the subject material and curriculum required to teach PE, both within practical and theoretical domains.

Religious Education

The Religious Education (RE) route draws on your own prior experiences and skills and develops them to make you into a reflective, analytical and effective classroom practitioner; who can engage with current ideological and pedagogical debates surrounding the distinctive place of RE in the curriculum.


(Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

The Science route is designed to equip you to teach national curriculum Science at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 and A Level you’ll concentrate on your subject specialism – Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The subject specific element of the course is delivered at a partner school and is complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is based at our Bognor Regis campus.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Teaching and assessment

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study. This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Additional Costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

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Course length

1 Year
Full Time