PGCE - Secondary
Why train to teach at Worcester?
At Worcester, we have an established and dynamic partnership with the schools in the region where you’ll do your placements. They also keep us up to date with job vacancies, so not surprisingly, our employability statistics are pretty impressive.
The PGCE focuses on your development as a subject specialist secondary teacher. Expert tutors challenge and support you to achieve the very highest levels of subject knowledge, performance against the Teachers' Standards and academic achievement.
Whichever specialist subject you choose, you’ll be taught in small seminar groups, and get plenty of academic and personal support from your tutors. You really get to know your subject and how to teach it.
- Placements in at least two different schools, giving you a breadth of experience and the chance to specialise while you develop self-reflection, self-criticism and self-confidence
- Opportunities to develop additional specialisms in areas such as special educational needs, technology enhanced learning, and leadership
- Extra-curricular opportunities, such as conferences and special projects, to boost your chances of employment
- Core and School Direct routes and the option to study full-time or part-time
- The course lasts for 10 months and there are excellent tax free training bursaries available
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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 normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution
or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area.
Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
- Grade C/4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
- School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them.
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.
Professional skills tests
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.
The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.
The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.
Support we offer
We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.
Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.
Our PGCE taster events give you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in teaching taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email email@example.com or complete this enquiry form.
Upcoming taster days:
9th October 2018, 5pm-7pm
6th November 2018, 5pm-7pm
4th December 2018, 5pm-7pm
5th February 2019, 5pm-7pm
19th March 2019, 5pm-7pm
7th May 2019, 5pm-7pm
Book your place at an Open Day
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Our open days are the perfect way to find out.Book your place
What will you study?
Modules within this course are linked to your specialist subject, professional studies and related assessments.
I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.
Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages graduate, now a published author on Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching and teacher.
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, these optional activities give you chance to develop an additional specialism and can mean you get to spend time in another school.
- Aspiring Leaders
- 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 through workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
- Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
- Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection; participation in high level professional discussion, debate and peer presentations.
- Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher, and move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
- You are also assessed on your teaching using the Professional Skills Standards.
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 the academic year 2018/19 is £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 the academic year 2018/19 is £12,100 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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).
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
You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.
The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.
The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.
For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.
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.