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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary is a well-established and internationally respected route in to teaching. With a supportive environment in which to develop your craft, and excellent professional prospects for the future, you have the perfect platform from which to launch your career.


At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to win the peace through education.

An education that awakens curiosity and ignites the imagination has the power to last a lifetime. At Worcester, you can develop the skills and experience you will need to become an innovative teacher, inspiring others to think creatively about their own futures.

Key features

  • Worcester is one of the country's leading providers of teaching training, with an excellent reputation in this area
  • Personalised support package that continues beyond your study and in to the early stages of your career, helping you to identify your development needs and excel as a teacher
  • With 60 credits at postgraduate level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE can take you anywhere, from Masters study to a job on the other side of the world
  • Our choice of additional specialisms help enhance your expertise and career prospects, from special educational needs and disability to citizenship
  • Course elements exploring wider issues of education and society enhance your prospects as a future leader in the profession

Programme Structure

Subjects offered
  • Design and Technology (food and textiles)
  • ICT/Computer Science
  • English
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Economics/Business
  • Science: Biology
  • Science: Chemistry
  • Science: Physics


Unique to Worcester is the opportunity to enhance your PGCE by following an additional Pathway in:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Citizenship
  • English as an Additional Language
  • PE (14-19)

Course Structure

You spend at least 120 days in 2 contrasting schools plus 60 days developing subject knowledge and teaching skills. The course is designed and written with school partners who also help to deliver workshops.


We arrange placements in one of our partnership schools. Through careful, structured support, you will gradually develop your teaching skills with experienced tutors and fully trained mentors. Partnership schools are situated in wide geographic area including Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

You need to meet the statutory requirements for entry into teaching.

These are a good honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) in a related subject area and GCSE Mathematics and English. Where candidates have significant experience in a related subject area and a degree in another discipline they may be eligible to apply and should contact the tutor for advice. We admit trainees of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds. If in doubt about your qualifications or suitability for the course we would always encourage you to contact the tutor for advice.

Apply via UCAS Teacher Training.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. The pass mark depends on the difficulty of the test. Please note that after your third attempt you cannot retake for 24 months. Once you have passed the skills tests they are valid for three years from the date passed.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website or why not register for one of our Skills Tests Workshop dates?

Saturday 5th December 2015 Tuesday 16th February 2016

To book a place, or for further information. please email Jane Sacree: Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

You may also find this book a useful resource to help in your planning and preparation for the tests.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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