PGCE Education (Secondary)

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PGCE
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

We have a long history of training teachers and are currently rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Our one-year programme is available in a range of secondary subjects and will lead to both a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) and qualified teacher status (QTS; the title is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation), enabling you to teach across the 11-19 age range. In addition, you will gain up to 60 master's-level credits that you can put towards an MSc in Education.

We work in partnership with more than 60 local schools offering two routes into teaching: University-led and School Direct, allowing you to choose the route that suits you. Our programmes are current, challenging and innovative and are informed by both our own extensive research in the field of education as well as current practice.

You will spend two-thirds of your time on placement in at least two contrasting schools. Notably, our programme includes a short placement in a primary school as well as offering the opportunity to gain experience in a special school. The remaining time is spent at University where you will join our diverse student community.

At Bristol you will be given a personal tutor in your specialist subject, ensuring you receive the very highest levels of both pastoral and professional support. Our strong community and student support sets us apart from other providers and is frequently commented on by both students and external inspectors.

“Exemplary support is provided for students by the University tutors...plus a high level of personal support and encouragement.” (MFL external examiner, 2016)

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£9,250
Overseas: full-time
£18,100
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,250

Please note that the total cost of this programme is the same as the cost of an undergraduate degree programme, which is currently set at £9,250 per year for UK/EU students. Should the undergraduate fee change in future, the PGCE fee will also change.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

The Department for Education offers bursaries for UK/EU students. Please see the fees and funding website for further information.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

There are three major components of the programme, which are strongly interrelated and are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career and become a reflective practitioner:

  • Curriculum Studies - looks at all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.
  • Educational and Professional Studies - focuses on working in classrooms and schools and on the broader context of teaching today.
  • School Experience - placements provide opportunities for observation, practice and research in a wide variety of partnership schools.

The main subjects offered are:

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our PGCE Education (Secondary).

Entry requirements

Prior to admission to the programme, all students are required by the Department for Education (DfE) to have:

  • at least GCSE or 'O' level at grade C or 4 (if taken after summer 2017) or an equivalent overseas qualification in English and Mathematics;
  • a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification, in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Applicants to the PGCE at Bristol are advised to book their skills tests as soon as they have made their UCAS Teacher Training application and confirm the date of the tests to us. Candidates will be at an advantage if they have passed the tests by the time they are interviewed.

NB: Equivalence tests for GCSEs will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Such applications will be assessed and reviewed by the subject tutor, programme director and PGCE administration manager.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

The programme is approved by the Department for Education and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (please be aware that the title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation).

In 2016, 91 per cent of our student teachers were employed in education after completing the PGCE programme, with many finding employment in the south-west. As a teacher from the University of Bristol PGCE, you will be highly valued by schools both locally and nationally; they appreciate your thorough preparation in teaching and high level of subject knowledge.

Application deadline:

The application cycle will open in October/November each year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

Apply via the UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/ucas-teacher-training-apply-and-track

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • Education:
  • 44% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 19% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4492 Email: ed-pgce@bristol.ac.uk

School of Education
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol BS8 1JA http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/study/initial-teacher-education/

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