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Becoming a secondary teacher

As a secondary teacher you have the opportunity to share your passion for your favourite subject. You will inspire, enthuse and motivate future generations and help them to understand the wider world.

At the Institute of Education, we will help you to harness all these qualities. You will develop your teaching skills and curriculum knowledge, and gain the confidence and management skills you need to teach in a secondary environment.

You will benefit from the Institute's supportive community, and incredible resources and facilities. We also have excellent partner arrangements that will give you the chance to apply your skills to real settings, as well as the opportunity to connect with future employers.

Already have an undergraduate degree?

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) will give you teaching experience and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

We offer 17 university-based PGCE courses with QTS as an outcome, each with their own specialism.

Our university-based courses give you a PGCE and QTS, whereas with the school-based training you are able to complete with either one qualification or both.

The school-based route can also be salaried or nonsalaried.

Read more about studying for a Secondary PGCE

Do you need to increase your subject knowledge in preparation for a PGCE?

If you have already secured a place for secondary teacher training, and would like to teach a different subject to that of your undergraduate degree, you may need to complete a SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement).

Find out more about SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement)

Already teaching secondary but need QTS (Qualified Teacher status)?

If you have relevant experience and are already teaching, you may need to obtain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Our Assessment Only route can help you with that.

Find out more about gaining QTS through the Assessment Only route

Teacher training events

Come to a Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training event. These events cover all routes into teaching for Early Years, Primary and Secondary Postgraduate programmes.

Read Francis' story

It's just been fantastic! The network of trainee teachers and teachers I met was amazing for sharing ideas and for general support.

Francis Highton

PGCE Secondary Geography

Education brochure

Our programmes are designed to challenge, inspire and equip you to become an outstanding educational practitioner. Read the brochure to find out more.