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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 2:1 degree classification or better, a candidate with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered, if he or she is able to provide additional evidence of potential, such as the award of a higher degree or substantial relevant professional experience.
  • 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. Please note that because of the volume of applications for English and History places on a PGCE programme, applicants will only be considered if they hold a 2:1 degree classification or better.
  • Have achieved at least a grade 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 recently (within the last 2 years and ideally the last 12 months) spent some time observing lessons in a UK secondary school before submitting an application – candidates should make it very clear in their personal statement that they have completed this experience (dates, name of school and the year groups observed) and should be able to use this experience to draw upon if offered an interview. The purpose of this observation is to enable applicants to offer well-developed responses to interview questions regarding the world of the secondary school. 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. All 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.
  • 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: applicants should ensure that details of school experience are clearly stated on their form, including the name of the school, dates of their visit and year groups worked with). PGCE courses are Non-modular. We actively welcome enquiries from mature applicants.
  • Pre entry Professional Skills Test All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course from September 2013 are required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme (www.education.gov.uk). You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS teacher training (applications open early October) and then make arrangements to take the skills tests.
  • 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

Due to the short turnaround time and in order to delay the processing of applications, applicants holding non-UK qualifications are strongly encouraged to have their school and degree level qualifications assessed through UK NARIC prior to submitting their application.

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