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Bradford College

PGCE Secondary with QTS

Qualification Gained
PGCE Secondary with QTS (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
University, Level 7, Postgraduate
1 year Full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Lister Building


This course will provide you with a PGCE at Masters level and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Working closely with specialist staff in both College and placement schools and colleges, you will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a newly qualified teacher, based on the strengths of your own degree.

The course is designed to help you to fulfil a wider teaching role (including that of pastoral care) within your chosen educational context. Throughout the course, we place particular emphasis on providing equal opportunities for all students working in a multi-ethnic society. There is also the option of experiencing teaching within the 16-18 age range.

Online and distance learning Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available for PGCE Secondary Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science with Physical Education, Citizenship, English, Health and Social Care, Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Social Sciences.

We offer 28-week (GCSE & A level), 24-week, 20-week, 16-week (A level only), 12-week (Extended GCSE only) and 8-week (GCSE only) courses for the majority of these subjects, allowing us to cater for the individual needs of students.


  Key Info

Online and distance learning Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available PGCE Secondary:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Science with Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences

As well as core information in teaching and learning, you will be able to develop specific and subject-related knowledge related to the topic you decide to specialise in.

The course will develop your professional attributes, knowledge and intellectual qualities to the level required to be a successful early career teacher (ECT). This will be achieved through theory and practice during your 120 days on school placement and 60 days in College. We have designed a curriculum with a sequence of lectures, experiences and activities that will support trainees to succeed in the classroom and we have ensured that it encompasses the full entitlement described in the ITT Core Content Framework, as well as integrating additional analysis and critique of theory, recent research and expert practice as appropriate. While on placement all our trainees benefit from mentoring by expert colleagues and a structured introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching. You will also have opportunities to research your specialist area and to familiarise yourself with the changing curriculum requirements in schools and colleges.

Teaching and learning methods include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, micro-teaching environments and, where relevant, workshop or laboratory work.

In College we also provide you with a series of lectures and activities that prepare you for three modules at Master’s level (60 credit points) assessed through academic assignments, which are all closely related to teaching and learning.

Module 1:  Teaching and learning – Two assignments

  • A 1600-word essay which gives an overview of the roles, responsibilities and boundaries of a professional teacher, evaluating the challenges these present.
  • A 3000-word essay which analyses a broad range of theoretical approaches to assessment and which also reflects upon and considers the impact these have had on your learners and your own practice

Module 2: Educational Philosophy and Vision – Two assignments

  • Working individually: students will design an academic poster, presenting a personal philosophy of education, focused on a specific area of practice. You will be required to also submit an accompanying abstract of 800 words.
  • A group presentation: students will present a vision or philosophy of education in their subject area, making use of evidence-led practice and recent research.

Module 3: Subject Specific Pedagogy – One assignment

  • A 4000-word Journal which is a collection of entries which explores a specific area of professional development These areas could be, for example: assessing progress, explaining and modelling, adapting lessons to meet different needs or marking and feedback or any other appropriate foci as agreed with the course tutor.

Entry to this course requires GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or C or above as well as an Honours degree in an appropriate subject. A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and health check are also required.

Ideally your degree is related to the subject you wish to teach and demonstrates your subject knowledge, alternatively you can demonstrate your subject knowledge has been developed through employment or other relevant opportunities.  It is important that you can demonstrate current subject knowledge, so if you have not completed your degree recently please indicate in your application how have obtained and kept your subject knowledge up to date. All trainee teachers must meet the subject knowledge requirements in the Teacher’s Standards (section 3) by the time they compete their training.

We do offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses that you can complete prior to your teacher training starting and you may be entitled to a bursary to support you whilst you complete your SKE.

Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs are not accepted as degree equivalents for entry to PGCE courses.

If you do not have GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or mathematics, we will ask you to take an equivalence test or you will receive an offer with the condition of achieving the relevant GCSE(s). You will need to show that you can meet an equivalent level with the same breadth and depth as GCSE qualifications.

*UCAS Codes: Biology 33MG; Chemistry F1X1; Citizenship L9X1; Computer Science G5X1; English 2CZX; Mathematics G1X1; Health and Social Care LX5C; Media Studies 33 MP; Modern Foreign Languages  33MH; Physics F3X1; Psychology 33MM; Science with PE 3X4B, Social Sciences 3DDM.

Assessment involves the completion of Master’s level assignments which lead to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. Successful completion of two placements (by meeting the required Standards) means you will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are no formal examinations on the course.

Placements vary according to your chosen route and may involve primary schools, secondary schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges as appropriate. You will work alongside experienced teachers and mentors who will provide advice and support. You will be introduced to your new role in stages, beginning with observation and work with individual pupils, then with small groups, eventually leading to your work with full classes.

In this area of high demand, your employment opportunities are very good. Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of the highest academic standards of teaching and learning – as many of our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

Full-time: £9000.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.


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