PGCE Secondary entry requirements

For entry to a PGCE Secondary programme you must:

  • Hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an undergraduate degree conferred by a United Kingdom higher education institution or an equivalent qualification. Most successful applicants will have a 2:2 degree classification or better.
  • Observation before interview is not a requirement. Many applicants do find observation before interview can be very helpful, however. Candidates should note that school placements will be in local state secondary schools, so observational experience outside of this sector might not provide an adequate understanding of the rewards and challenges presented to teachers in this sector. Any observational experience – in either the state or independent sector – should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers. Candidates are invited to contact subject tutors for advice by email if they have any uncertainties about the relevance of observation undertaken.
  • Relevant experience includes work with children or young people, or work developing your knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the subject you wish to teach. You may have continued to develop your expertise in computing or engineering, for example, since completing a first degree. The degree or graduate-equivalent qualification shown on your application should relate to the needs of the course and the secondary subject specialism applied for.
  • In line with teacher training initiatives and University guidance, we will not consider anyone with a 3rd class degree unless the applicant is already holder of a higher degree or has extensive relevant professional experience.
  • Have achieved at least a grade 4 (C) or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents). While applicants without one or both of these GCSEs (or approved equivalents) will be considered for interview, priority is given to those candidates who have already met this requirement. If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests in both Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact them directly via their website.
  • Have a broad-based educational background and be able to read effectively and communicate clearly in standard English.
  • The UCAS form requires candidates to provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years, an academic reference must be provided. Ideally, candidates should choose someone who can comment on the candidate's character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The other reference should be a school or employer's reference. Please be aware that if references are not appropriate this may delay the processing of your application.
  • Filling out the UCAS Teacher training application form: PGCE courses are Non-modular. We actively welcome enquiries from mature applicants.
  • Removal of the Skills Tests. Advice to candidates: Applicants for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses will no longer be required to take the Skills Tests in numeracy and English from April 2020. The Department for Education has given the responsibility to ITE providers to ensure that trainee teachers have acquired an appropriate level of proficiency in English and Mathematics before they can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the course.

    At the University of Roehampton we will be supporting you to reach the fundamental skills in English and Mathematics as required. As part of the interview process candidates will be audited to help us ascertain their strengths and areas for development in relation to these fundamental skills.

  • Legal requirements: All places on the PGCE are subject to satisfactory health and criminal convictions assessments. Applicants will be required to complete an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and obtain a registration number from the Independent Safeguarding Authority. The University of Roehampton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, students and trainees to share this commitment. 

Non-UK qualifications

If you hold non-UK qualifications please send in clear scanned copies of your school and degree level qualifications to This will allow us to process your UCAS application as quickly as possible and ensure that you are eligible for the programme.

For further entry requirements, please ensure you visit the relevant specialism page: