Initial Teacher Education (Teacher Training)

Our PGCE for secondary teaching was awarded 'Outstanding' in our 2018 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 for 2021 entry open from 13th October, 2020.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic and in line with government policy, some of our PGCE team are working remotely. We are unable to take telephone queries at this time, but would be happy to respond to your questions at We will respond to your query as soon as possible; there may be delays due to an increased volume of email.

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. 

To qualify fully as a teacher, you will continue to train for a further two years in your first teaching post. There is a new induction programme called the Early Career Framework, which all Newly Qualified Teachers will have the opportunity to follow during their first two years as a 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.

Outstanding Ofsted Inspection 2018

Our initial teacher education programmes have been ranked as outstanding in every category by Ofsted.

School Experience Days, Train to Teach Event, Education Fairs, Virtual Events

Come and meet us 

Initial Teacher Education leaflet

Download our PGCE leaflet 2021 (PDF, 519kB)‌. 

Contact us

Due to the COVID19 pandemic and in line with government policy, some of our PGCE team are working remotely so are not contactable by telephone.  Please contact us by email so we can assist.

Initial Teacher Education (PGCE and School Direct) Office
Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4492 We are working remotely during the current lockdown and as a result are only available via email

School of Education 

University of Bristol 
35 Berkeley Square 
Bristol, BS8 1JA

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