Initial Teacher Education (Teacher training)

Our PGCE for secondary teaching was awarded 'Outstanding' in our latest OFSTED inspection, so you know you'll be well trained to inspire the next generation

We work with local schools, colleges and academies to offer you two routes in secondary teaching.  Applications open from 9th October, 2018.

University PGCE - the traditional teaching route

  • You receive training at the university and have placements in at least 2 schools;
  • You are closely supported by school mentors and your university tutor during this time.

School Direct PGCE - school-led teacher training

  • You are recruited by a local school;
  • You know where your placements will be in advance;
  • You will have the full support of the university, including a university tutor and access to all facilities.

Each route is designed to help you become an outstanding subject practitioner and enable you to work well in a range of schools. Compare the different routes to decide which one is right for you.

Who the PGCE is for

If you have a passion for your subject and you want to inspire the next generation, teaching could be the career for you. Our PGCE programmes are demanding and hands-on but you’ll be supported and guided to become an excellent qualified teacher. 

We welcome applicants from any backgrounds including graduates from Bristol, graduates from other universities and career changers. We want to see all of our students become excellent teachers and future leaders.

Why Bristol

  • Top 5 Good Teacher Training guide 2017
  • 'Outstanding Provider Status'
  • High employability rates
  • Great reviews by our current and former students
  • Designated specialist tutor
  • 11-18 qualification
  • Strong partnerships with schools
  • Unique opportunities to consider global issues in your teaching
  • Placement in a primary school before the programme starts to provide you with crucial context
  • Opportunity to gain experience in a school for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Listen to our programme director

Jayne, our programme director discusses the University PGCE and the School Direct PGCE and what it is like to train to teach at the University of Bristol.


You will receive an excellent teacher training that combines theory with practice whichever route you choose. We offer teacher training for the following subjects.

School taster days, Application Workshop, Education Fair

Taster Days

Taster days are an ideal opportunity to spend time in a school and they will help you decide if being a teacher is for you. They’ll also give you invaluable experience to strengthen your application. Taster days local to Bristol include:

School Experience Days - North Somerset Teaching Alliance

The NSTA is holding a series of School Experience Days from October 2018.  Further details are available: NSTA School Experience Days (PDF, 2,279kB)

Open Evening

The School of Education is holding an Open Evening in October.  This is your opportunity to come and see the School, meet the Programme Director and some PGCE alumni and chat to our Subject Leads about your future career in teaching.

  • Date: 10th October
  • Time: 5-7pm
  • Venue: School of Education,35 Berkeley Square.

Register your interest via Eventbrite.

University of Bristol Education Fair

Come and meet us to talk about becoming a teacher

Register your interest

Register your interest to find out about events, updates and important information about the PGCE and studying at Bristol.

Initial Teacher Education leaflet

Our new leaflet (PDF, 471kB) is available for dowload.

Contact us

Initial Teacher Education (PGCE and School Direct) Office
Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4492

School of Education 
University of Bristol 
35 Berkeley Square 
Bristol, BS8 1JA

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