School of Education and Childhood Studies

PGCE, teacher training & School Direct

Getting into Teaching: Teacher Training at Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth offers multiple training routes to becoming a qualified teacher. Whichever route you choose, you will find yourself supported by university tutors and school-based mentors as you progress towards your target of becoming an ‘outstanding’ teacher.

The strong relationship between our placement providers means that over 80% of our trainees obtain jobs in the local area at the end of their course. 


Early Years (EYTS)

This programme is designed specifically for those who wish to become a teacher of children aged 0-5 years old in the early years sector. The programme seeks develop excellent early years professionals, upon successful completion you will be awarded Early Years Teacher Status which is a national set of professional standards.

During your study you will be supported by both tutors in the University and professional and subject mentors in your placement setting.

To learn more about studying for the Primary PGCE with the local Portsmouth Primary SCITT, please visit

PGCE (Secondary)

Our one-year PGCE programme trains you to deliver lessons based in strong subject knowledge and reflection on what it means to teach. With an outstanding review from Ofsted for our teacher training programmes, close links with many schools in the south of the UK and excellent feedback from our graduates, Portsmouth is ideal for your training.

You will be supported by tutors from the University, as well as professional and subject mentors in schools, and by subject knowledge enhancement courses if you feel you need them.

The PGCE has three interconnected strands: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and School Experience, where the skills and knowledge you gain in the taught sessions can be practised and built up through real-life teaching conditions

We also offer the PGCE Further Education and Training, which will allow you to train to teach in further education environments, and the dual-award Postgraduate Certificate of Education and Master Français Langue Etrangère.

School Direct

School Direct is a way of training teachers which is led by schools. School Direct allows schools to request training places directly; select the accredited provider or university of teacher training they want to work with; agree the content and focus of the training programme depending on their needs. Most importantly they can choose and recruit the candidate they want – with an expectation that the trainee will be employed by the school or wider partnership of schools at the end of the course.

We are delighted to be working with our lead schools, Mary Rose Academy in Portsmouth as the lead school for the wider Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, Bohunt School in Liphook, Hampshire, and Bishop Luffa School in West Sussex. More information about the subjects available at these lead schools can be found below:

If you have any questions about School Direct at the University of Portsmouth please e-mail

Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training: Modern Foreign Languages or Computer Science

This is a new and exciting route to become a teacher that has been developed for 2017-18. If you are a student at the University of Portsmouth on a suitable MFL or Computer Science undergraduate degree you can opt to specialise in your second year of study to train as a teacher. This will mean you undertake some specialised units and school placements whereby you will teach groups of students.

As you will be expected to complete the same entry and course assessments as any other trainee teacher, upon graduation you will possess and undergraduate degree in your subject choice and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will enable you to apply for teaching positions in secondary schools as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

PGCE/Cert Ed (Further Education & Training) – Pre-service

The Pre-service PGCE/Cert Ed programmes are designed for people who are not yet working in education and wish to train you to become an outstanding teacher in the further education sector which includes institutions such as sixth forms, further education colleges and training providers.

During this one-year programme you will begin at university to undertake training to ready you for classroom teaching. You will then undertake a placement for the remainder of the year alongside your university study. This is a highly immersive programme which combines the academic knowledge development of teaching and learning theory with the practicalities of developing your teaching skills.

PGCE/Cert Ed (Further Education & Training) – In-service

The In-service PGCE/Cert Ed programmes are designed for people who are currently employed at teachers and need to complete a full teaching qualification.

We are delighted to be working with a range of colleges who work with us to deliver our In-service PGCE and Cert Ed courses. The colleges include Chichester CollegeEastleigh CollegeIsle of Wight CollegeSt Vincent College campus and Havant and South Downs College.

Fees and funding

As a full-time PGCE student (home or EU), you will be liable for fees, although no fees are required to be paid 'up-front'. You can, however, pay in advance if you wish.  Please visit our fee calculator for further information.


PGCE trainees may be eligible for considerable financial support. For full details see the Student Finance department's PGCE and CertEd pages, where you can find out exactly what support you are entitled to. Financial support for future academic years may vary, please check for updates. Overseas students should note that they are not eligible for this funding, and graduates of the University should note that this course is not eligible for the alumni scholarship scheme. 

Topping up subject knowledge

As a Trainee teacher you must have a secure curriculum knowledge of the subjects you will have to teach in school. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses aim to boost your knowledge to prepare for the challenges of the classroom. The courses are FREE if you have accepted a place on the next intake of an Initial Teacher Training Course from any institution. 

We do not currently offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses, but in order to prepare for your PGCE at Portsmouth alternatives are available in the following secondary subject areas:

Science (Chemistry / Physics):

There are a variety of courses available. Some may be done online. If you are considering an online course then it should contain an element of practical work. Examples of such courses can be found at:

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL):