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Overview

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.

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 teaching experience. 

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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

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.

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.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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

  • 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 Teaching Regulation Agency's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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