PGCE Secondary

Postgraduate School of Education

Qualify to teach in secondary schools and be trained by a passionate and supportive team of academic staff who will give you the tools to build a successful teaching career.

PGCE Secondary

1 year (full-time)

Number of Credits

60 credits

Start date

September 2023

Degree Type




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Do you want to inspire young people and help change lives? Would you like a great starting salary and a rewarding career? Teaching offers all of this. Being able to educate and inspire future generations, seeing young people grow and develop with your help is unlike any other job.

Watch one of our former students talking about her PGCE Secondary year at Roehampton.

As one of the UK’s leading and longest-running providers of teacher education, we can offer you the best foundation for a successful career in the profession. Completion of this Postgraduate Certificate in Education will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from one of the highest rated providers in the country.

If you study PGCE Secondary at Roehampton you will be taught by a supportive, passionate and driven team of academic staff. Our experienced team strive to ensure you receive the best training and will encourage you to become a confident and successful teacher. Your placement will be confirmed before the start of term, and your mentors in schools are also trained to ensure you achieve your full potential. In addition to our academic staff, we also have a range of support departments to help you with everything from dealing with money matters, to support with your studies. Your course will provide you with a holistic view of the profession; you will look at the child, the curriculum and teacher.

In addition to our on campus offer, our PGCE History and Mathematics will be taught at Westminster Kingsway College Victoria Centre, one of the largest further education colleges in London. Based in Victoria, you will be in the heart of the capital, a short walk from both Victoria and St. James’s Park underground stations. Both programmes will be taught by University of Roehampton staff, and you will graduate with a degree from the University. Westminster Kingsway College has excellent facilities including an onsite library, café and dedicated teaching space for our PGCE programmes.


In a 2023 report, Ofsted rated Roehampton's secondary-age courses as "Good". The inspection was conducted by nine of His Majesty’s inspectors and three Ofsted Inspectors. The University’s secondary-age phase courses, that currently have 152 trainees, scored “Good” for overall effectiveness, quality of education and training, leadership and management. You can read more here. 

How you'll learn

You will undertake two blocks of school experience. The foundation placement for 6 weeks in one school in the autumn term, then in the summer term a 12-week development and consolidation placement in a contrasting school.

Roehampton offers a wide range of curriculum subject specialisms:

In addition to your subject modules, you will also take Professional Studies modules, which will hone your expertise and effectiveness as a teacher. You will learn how to manage a classroom, how planning and preparation contribute to the effectiveness of your teaching, how best to work with parents and other adults, and gain an understanding of children’s behaviour.

Many of our subject rooms are set up to resemble classrooms, ensuring that from your first day at university you will be in a school environment. This is important for your full immersion into the school environment and familiarity with the way classrooms are structured, and the type of resources teachers need on a daily basis.

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Career options

Graduates of PGCE Seondary go into careers in teaching plus a number of our graduates go on to management and leadership roles within schools and other education settings, charity roles, policy advice, national assessment and curriculum development.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to Apply

There are still spaces on some of our PGCE programmes for September 2023. You can submit your application via this page. Please be aware however that the final interview day for 2023 entry will be 10 August, so your application will need to be submitted at least a week before that date.

For 2023 entry you can browse and filter all available courses on the Department for Education's site from 9am on 4 October 2022. You can also start your application from that date, but you will not be able to submit it until 9am on 11 October 2022.  We will invite our first candidates for interview in later October / early November.

Prior to these dates you can access a lot of useful information about all aspects of training to be a teacher on the Get Into Teaching website.

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2023 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,250 £16,500

Specific Entry Requirements

Please read the entry requirements for this course carefully before applying.

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Our Research


The School of Education is renowned for its high-quality teaching and research, and is one of the principal teacher training providers in the UK. To read about the research carried out by academic staff in Roehampton's School of Education please visit the departmental research pages.