What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

The aim of the Physical Education with Chemistry course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced physical education programme. We also want to inspire a generation to become physically literate and active by providing well prepared, high quality physical education experiences for all students. In addition to this, you will also be able to effectively teach the Chemistry curriculum as a second subject. As a trainee you will learn how to teach Physical Education and Chemistry to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching Physical Education and Chemistry through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

Career Paths

The PGCE in Secondary Education leads to recommendation for QTS, and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a secondary school.

In secondary schools you could be considered for a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR), which may comprise any of the following:

  • Leading a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • Leading the achievement of a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • Leading a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

Later, you could progress to a senior leadership position such as a deputy or assistant head and head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school and the education its students receive.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,950.00 (US$ 17,266) per year
These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Walsall Campus

Wulfruna Street,

Wolverhampton,

WV1 1SB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor degrees from NARIC or government recognised institutions can normally be accepted for Master’s studies. A GPA of 3.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1. A GPA of 2.6 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2. A GPA of less than 2.6 is considered comparable to a UK 3 and would require the completion of a pre-Master’s course. English language requirements vary by course and department but the standard University requirement is 6.0 with 5.5 in every component in IELTS or the same scores in the University's own entry test, the Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE).

For international students

To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar. They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component. Test of English as a Foreign Language) TOEFL 79 overall with no less than 19 in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Wolverhampton

Scholarships are available to eligible international students, including awards for Indian nationals and those from Commonwealth countries.

  • Based in Wolverhampton, near Birmingham
  • 96% graduate employability rate (DLHE)
  • International Academy dedicated to overseas students

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