University of Gloucestershire Pgce

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University of Gloucestershire Pgce

University of Gloucestershire Pgce

Teacher Training PGCE (Secondary) (PGCE)

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If you’re looking for a lifelong challenging and exciting career using your degree subject knowledge or experience then teaching may be for you.

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015

The University of Gloucestershire is a teacher training provider for the award PGCE with QTS in nine core subjects: Art & Design, Computer Science with ICT, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Education, Physical Education, Science (Biology), Science (Chemistry) and Science (Physics).

Ofsted says about the course:

‘The outcomes for trainees are outstanding’

We have an ‘Outstanding reputation for providing the quality and type of teachers that schools in the area need and want’

‘Employment rates have been consistently high’ for graduates

‘All trainees are supported, and their individual needs catered for, exceptionally well’

‘Schools are fully involved in all aspects of the provision and have an absolute determination to sustain its continuing success’

In addition, there are PGCE with QTS School Direct opportunities in Design and Technology, (Food, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Textiles) English, Geography, History and Music, offered through our local collaborative partner, the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP). We also offer Geography, History and English PGCE with our regional partners.

There are several Lead School Direct schools in Gloucestershire including Pate’s Grammar School, Balcarras School, Marling Grammar School and The Cotswold School.

The one year programme aims to help you become a competent and effective teacher of your subject within the 11-18 year age range. You will spend 26 weeks in at least two schools where you will receive invaluable support from experienced teachers. You will return to central provision at regular intervals throughout the year for professional studies development and subject pathway seminars. The university works together with our local and regional partners to provide a well-established and successful school based programme with academic rigour.

Study style

All elements must be completed satisfactorily. School placements are jointly assessed by staff within schools and the university. There are two written assignments to support your teaching.

There are also flexible study options in Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Science. It may be possible to undertake other subjects, taking up to two years to complete the programme.

Entry requirements

  • A  degree or equivalent  in a relevant subject – this should normally be with Second Class Honours (2:2) or above.
  • Minimum grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or an accepted equivalent
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.
  • You will need some recent experience in a secondary classroom setting. If that has not been achieved prior to interview, you will need to arrange and successfully complete three to five days in a secondary classroom setting
  • Successful completion of the NCTL literacy and numeracy professional skills tests
  • Satisfactory clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Please note that all applications for PGCE programmes are submitted through UCAS.

Please also note that current UK Home Office Immigration rules prevent the University of Gloucestershire from supporting Tier 4 student visas for the PGCE programme.

The University of Gloucestershire UCAS code is G50.

For more information email or call 01242 714 508.


Fees – 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Postgraduate Certificate £9250
Subject to parliamentary approval
Non-EU Students
Postgraduate Certificate £13500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Mathematics (Flexible)
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Mathematics (11-16)
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Computer Science
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Biology (Flexible)
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Chemistry (Flexible)
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Physics (Flexible)
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Modern Foreign Languages
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Modern Foreign Languages (Flexible)
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Religious Education
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Art and Design
Single Honours – 1 year full-time
Physical Education


  • Secondary school teaching