Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - Secondary
What makes Secondary PGCE at Worcester special?
At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to ‘win the peace through education.'
An education that awakens curiosity and ignites the imagination has the power to last a lifetime. At Worcester, you can develop the skills and experience you will need to become an innovative teacher, inspiring others to think creatively about their own futures.
The PGCE for secondary education is a well-established and internationally respected route in to teaching. With a supportive environment in which to develop your craft, and excellent professional prospects for the future, you have the perfect platform from which to launch your career.
- Unique opportunities to develop specialisms
- Expert tuition rooted in classroom experience and professional knowledge and research
- Supportive mentors throughout our partnership schools
- Excellent job prospects
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The PGCE course at Worcester perfectly prepared me for a career in teaching. The subject-based sessions were focussed and provided me with an array of practical activities to implement in my teaching practice.
Kieran, PGCE Graduate & Current Head of Year
What qualifications will you need?
Please consult individual subject specialism pages for full details of entry requirements, but most specialisms ask for:
- Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, in a relevant subject area
- Grade C at GCSE in English, Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
- 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable, but not essential.
Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk
If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.
You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.
All applications for PGCE Secondary should be made via UCAS Teacher Training.
All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.
You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have passed or booked the skills tests.
If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.
For more information visit the professional skills test pages on Get Into Teaching.
Worcester was recommended to me as an excellent and highly commended teaching university. My lecturers offered so much help, support and guidance.
Design & Technology - Food & Textiles Trainee
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What will you study?
Modules within this course are linked to your specialist subject, professional studies and related assessments.
You will undertake some modules in your specialist area and others related to professional studies where the focus is related to pedagogy and practice. Modules relating to professional studies are the backbone of the course and feed into subject sessions, your work in school and related teaching.
Please consult individual subject specialism pages for full course content details.
Unique to Worcester is the opportunity to enhance your PGCE by following an additional enhancement activity in:
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- English as an Additional Language
- Second Subject
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be assessed?
- School experience in a range of settings.
- Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
- University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
- Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
- Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
- Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
- One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
- Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
- Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
- The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.
Meet the team
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Suzanne has taught in a range of West Midland Schools for fourteen years as well as having a range of middle leadership posts. Drawing on this experience, Suzanne currently manages the PGCE secondary course team.
David joined the university in September 2013 to launch the new Computer Science PGCE course. He brings 22 years of experience working in a range of schools, as a teacher and faculty leader for Technology, ICT and Computing. Recent experience also includes teaching on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course and a Google Symposium for ICT teachers.
David is keen to be involved in new initiatives in this fast paced subject area and involves his trainee teachers in cutting edge opportunities.
Linda taught Science, and Physics in particular, for 17 years in secondary schools before becoming an advisory teacher for a local authority. A keen educational researcher and writer, Linda participates in national and international conferences as well as leading on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) curriculum initiatives and support for local schools.
Sue is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy. Sue taught in both state and independent schools for over 20 years, is a Chartered Science Teacher and has won a Biology Teacher of the Year award.
Sue and her colleague Linda Scott recently co-authored ‘Success with STEM; Ideas for the Classroom, STEM Clubs and Beyond'. Sue is on the editorial boards of School Science Review, The Biologist and The Science Education Review. She has been a Judge for The Big Bang, the UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, for several years and enjoys Chairing the judging panel for the Society of Biology’s Teacher of the Year award as well as judging the Biology Book of the Year award.
Yvonne joined the university in September 2013, bringing with her 15 years of experience in teaching Business, Economics and ICT in a secondary school. During this time she also held a range of posts including Head of Business, Economics and Accounting, SENCO, WRL and Work Experience Co-ordinator and Young Enterprise link teacher. Yvonne has worked with trainee teachers for many years, both as a subject mentor and as professional mentor. Her experiences are not limited to the school environment however, as she has also spent 13 years working in a variety of roles for a leading awarding body.
Before working in Higher Education, Isabelle Schäfer taught in Secondary schools in England and took part in the development of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programme in the last school she taught at. She taught the PSHE and Geography Year 7 programmes entirely in French. She was Assistant Curriculum Leader for Modern languages, including Spanish.
Jane took on the role of Mathematics Subject Tutor in September 2012 following a number of years teaching mathematics in secondary schools and working as an advisor.
Jane has always been enthusiastic about teaching mathematics. She seeks to encourage a ‘can do’ approach to learning and teaching mathematics.
Simon studied for his PGCE at Oxford University in 1988. He subsequently taught for fifteen years in state comprehensive secondary schools in the Midlands. During this time he held a range of posts including Head of History, Head of Year, Head of Humanities and Assistant Headteacher. In 2002 he moved to Devon working for the Local Authority School Improvement team. He was appointed to his current post of Senior Lecturer in Education here at the University of Worcester in 2009.
Simon has written articles for Teaching History, led workshops at a number of national and regional History Conferences and he has recently written a chapter on the importance of chronological understanding for ‘Debates in History Teaching’. He is also a keen and enthusiastic cricketer and spends much of his free time in the summer coaching youngsters at a local village cricket club.
I joined the University of Worcester in September 2013 having had twenty years of experience working in secondary schools up to Head of Department level, as well as an English Adviser and School Improvement Consultant for a Local Authority.
I have extensive experience of working with NQTs and teachers in primary and secondary schools on English, and whole school literacy. I am particularly interested in the scope of speaking and listening in the classroom and how drama can enhance pupils’ reading and writing skills. I spent eight years on the NATE Drama Committee and am currently on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Advisers in English.
I enjoy working alongside trainees who are enthusiastic and creative about English teaching and look forward to meeting you!
English subject leader Trevor has extensive experience of comprehensive-school teaching, mainly at Head of Faculty level. He is also a published author who writes novels as well as books about teaching. How to be a Brilliant English Teacher (Routledge) is the best-selling book on secondary English teaching in the UK and is on reading-lists all over the world. How to be a Brilliant Trainee Teacher is also very popular.
Sue joined the university in 2003, having had extensive teaching experience in secondary schools throughout the UK and abroad. During her time teaching in schools she held a variety of responsibilities including heading departments, co-ordinating careers and vocational guidance and acting as a subject mentor for student teachers. Sue has contributed to popular books on subject teaching and mentoring.
As Design and Technology (Food and Textiles) tutor at the university Sue aims to develop confident, capable and creative teachers who can inspire their pupils to engage with exciting, relevant and innovative design and technology activities.
Where could it take you?
There are excellent prospects in teaching, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand, especially those who have trained in a shortage subject.
Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester gradutes have made a huge difference in the field of education.
Ann Jordan, Head of Institute
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How much will it cost?
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Teacher training funding
You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.
Please consult individual subject specialism pages for details of any bursaries or scholarships.
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.
We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.
In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS Teacher Training
UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses
Subject Knowledge Enhancement
Not sure about your subject knowledge?
Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography
Find out about the bursary.