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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.
Careers and opportunities
After you graduate this PGCE for secondary education, you'll be ready to start your teaching career on a minimum starting salary of £30,000, depending on where you teach in the UK. Over 90 per cent of Portsmouth PGCE graduates go into full-time teaching.
A PGCE, or Postgraduate Certificate in Education, is a teaching qualification recognised all over the world, so you'll also be able to teach overseas too, such as in Australia, Canada and the USA.
Once you're an established secondary teacher, you'll also have opportunities for further career progression in roles including Year Head and Subject Lead.
You could also go on to further study - this secondary PGCE will earn you 60 postgraduate credits you could put towards a full Master's degree (worth 180 credits) in the future, such as our MA Education Studies.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Each of our secondary PGCE degrees is an accredited qualification and once you graduate, you'll be eligible for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
QTS is awarded by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA) to identify that a person meets all the Teachers’ Standards and criteria. QTS is required in England to teach in a state school that is under local authority control and in special schools. QTS is also recognised in some countries outside England and Wales.
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 will be invited to attend an interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.
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