PGCE courses PGCE

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019
Recognised
Yes

Overview

If you're looking for a rewarding career where you can make a positive difference to other people's lives, teaching is a great choice – and on our PGCE courses, you'll gain you the skills and confidence you need to become an outstanding secondary school teacher.

On this 1-year course, you'll be supported by our tutors and school-based mentors as you learn to plan and deliver lessons with strong subject knowledge, confidence and imagination, while reflecting on what it means to teach.

Our teacher training programmes have been given an outstanding review from Ofsted and we've got excellent links with many schools in the region – so when you finish your course, you'll graduate with excellent career prospects, and eligibility for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) too.

What you'll experience

The PGCE has three interconnected strands – Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and School Experience – so the skills and knowledge you pick up can be practised and built on with real-life teaching experience. And you'll hone your teaching skills in whichever of the following subject areas you choose:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Computer Science
  • Science (with biology, physics or chemistry)   

On this course, you'll:

  • Develop your teaching skills through practical activity and the study of theories and contemporary issues in education
  • Share your experience and learn from other students through lectures and seminars
  • Learn key teaching skills, including lesson planning, classroom management, and special needs and inclusion
  • Develop your subject-based knowledge
  • Get work experience in a teaching placement, where you'll work closely with mentors and other school staff
  • Study a range of topics including pedagogy and practice based research; lesson planning; behaviour management; assessment, and special education needs and inclusion

Other routes

We also offer a PGCE Further Education and Training degree course, if you want to teach in further education, and the dual-award Postgraduate Certificate of Education and Master Français Langue Etrangère.

School Direct

You can also study this course under the School Direct model.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify placements, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your teaching skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

Once you graduate, you'll be ready to start your teaching career. Over 90 per cent of Portsmouth PGCE graduates go into full-time teaching, and once you're an established teaching professional, you'll have opportunities for further career progression in roles including year head and subject leader.

Professional accreditations

Our PGCE degree course is an accredited qualification and once you graduate, you'll be eligible for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, ideally with approximately 50% Computer Science content or other relevant experience.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. If in doubt about your qualifications or suitability for the course please contact the course leader for advice.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
  • If your first language is not English, and you don't have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, you'll require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

  • An honours degree in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% English content and a classification of at least 2:1.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
  • If your first language is not English, and you don't have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, you'll require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% geographical content.
  • A minimum of 2:1 is desirable although applicants with other qualifications or valuable experience will also be considered.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
  • If your first language is not English, and you don't have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, you'll require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% Mathematics content.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
  • If your first language is not English, and you do not have GCSE English language at grade C or above, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with a minimum of 50% content in an appropriate modern foreign language. Alternatively, native speakers require excellent communication skills in English.
  • A second language to A level (or equivalent standard) in French, German or Spanish. If you only speak one foreign language, you'll have the option to complete a short, intensive Enhancement Course in French in order to achieve sufficient competence to teach a second language accurately and confidently at secondary level to at least Key Stage 3.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
  • If your first language is not English, and you do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, you'll require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% science content.
  • A minimum of 2:2 is desirable although applicants with other qualifications or valuable experience will also be considered.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
  • If your first language is not English, and you do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, you'll require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

If you're in doubt about your qualifications or suitability for the course please contact the relevant course leader for advice. 

​Course costs

Tuition Fees (2018 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 per year
International students:
  • Full time: £13,200 per year
Tuition fees terms and conditions

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 per year

International students:

  • Full time: £13,200 per year

Tuition fees terms and conditions

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 per year

International students:

  • Full time: £13,200 per year

Tuition fees terms and conditions

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 per year

International students:

  • Full time: £13,200 per year

Tuition fees terms and conditions

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 per year

International students:

  • Full time: £13,200 per year

Tuition fees terms and conditions

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time: £9,250 per year

International students:

  • Full time: £13,200 per year

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to cover the cost of travel to and from internships and placements. These costs will vary depending on the nature of the internship or placement in question, and can range from £50 - £1,000.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • work-based learning
  • supervised teaching practice
  • lectures
  • group participation
  • guided reading

How you'll spend your time

Our PGCE courses last 36 weeks, between September and June. One third of your time will be spent in University-based sessions, and you'll spend the rest of your time on the course working in at least two of our partner schools.

Most University-based teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

The assessments that you'll complete on this course are designed to ensure that you meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you'll be assessed through:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you'll demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course, you'll also collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

Apply

Please apply for a secondary PGCE course through UCAS Teacher Training. You'll need the training code for your chosen subject:

to apply for: use code:
Computer Science 1X99
English QX31
Geography F8X1
Mathematics G1X1
French and German RX11
German and French RX21
French and Spanish RXD1
Spanish and French RX41
French and Italian RX31
French and Mandarin TX31
Science with Biology CX11
Science with Chemistry F2X1
Science with Physics F3X2
Contact information
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