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.
1 year (full-time)
Number of credits:
Roehampton offers one of the UK's widest range of secondary subject specialisms available through any university.
A PGCE from a UK provider is recognised by many countries, providing opportunities for you to seek employment internationally once qualified.
Tax-free bursary of £24k for those training to teach STEM subjects, £15k for DT, geography and languages (ancient and modern), and £10k for biology. Full details.
Course and Module Details
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.
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.
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:
- Art and Design
- Business Management and Economics
- Design and Technology (specialising in Food, Materials, Textiles or Electronic and Communications Technology)
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Science (Biology with Science, Chemistry with Science, Physics with Science)
- Social Sciences
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.
All our academic staff have extensive teaching experience in schools, and many have served in local authorities or subject associations as advisory teachers, as Ofsted inspectors or as consultants. This means that our programmes are based on the reality of the classroom and the education system. Many work at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of our students.
Course subject to validation
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Please be aware that a PGCE is a demanding full time commitment, starting in the first week of September and finishing mid-July. Days spent on campus tend to be from 9am - 5pm, and days on school placement can be considerably longer. It is not possible to study for a PGCE alongside other work commitments, or without childcare if you have young children.
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.
Doing all we can to support our students' lives at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.