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PGCE Secondary Education entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree of class 2:2 or above and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification). You will have experience of working with young people.

In addition:

  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required.
  • We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. Candidates must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.
  • The Skills tests no longer exist as an entry requirement however, all teachers are expected to be competent in fundamental English and Mathematics. We will be assuring that trainees have these skills either during the selection process, or later during the training programme.
  • It is not essential that candidates have school experience when they apply for a PGCE course, however, we recommend that candidates obtain observation experience to ensure teaching is the right career for them.
  • Candidates must take part in individual and a group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.