All of our PGCE courses are made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience to a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to provide you with a broad range of experience; they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.
You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and have years of experience themselves as teachers. We believe our teaching is inspirational when it´s delivered by passionate people engaged in world-changing research; we have been involved in education research projects for over 60 years.
You will choose a subject to specialise in over the course of the PGCE, usually related to the subject that you studied to degree level. At Leicester we offer the PGCE in the following subject areas:
• Modern Languages
• Religious Education
• Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Mathematics)
• Social Science
By the end of this course you will meet the required processional standards for Qualified Teacher Status, and will be awarded a University of Leicester PGCE. Our strong ethos of reflective practice will prepare you well for your future career in teaching..
Not sure which PGCE route is right for you? Have a look at our Routes into Teaching pages to find out more about PGCE, School Direct and SCITT routes.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
Relevant 2:1 degree (or above)
GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths.
Application Process: The application process for a PGCE is different from other postgraduate courses so please see our information on how to apply.
You should also read this advice for applicants before you apply.
Additional requirements: Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.
All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.
English Language Requirements: You must have a GCSE Grade C in English Language. Please see our entry requirements (left) for more information.
Teacher Development Course
The Teacher Development Course (TDC) runs throughout the academic year and forms the core of the Secondary PGCE programme. The TDC is compulsory for student teachers from all subject areas.
The TDC will introduce you to a wide range of generic professional issues, organised into three strands that run throughout the PGCE year:
In addition to the compulsory programme, you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional sessions. This allows you to tailor your training to meet your own needs as you develop as a teacher. Previous optional sessions have included:
Using Your Voice Effectively
Preparing for an Interview
In addition, subsidiary courses may run during the weeks you are at the University as an additional option. In the past these have covered ´Teaching English as an Additional Language´ and ´Learning Outside the Classroom´.
School Placements: You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our Partnership Schools. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse inner city and rural environments, with learners from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year.
The placements are referred to as ´Phase A´ and ´Phase B´ placements.
Phase A: Your first placement is the ´Phase A´ placement. You will attend 2 induction day visits to your Partnership School. You will then spend 44 days in this school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school´s Co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training and the subject Co-tutor who will oversee your professional development during the placement.
Phase B: Your ´Phase B´ placement will start in either February or March and will involve 55 days in your placement school. The Phase B school has a Co-ordinator and Co-tutor who have similar roles and responsibilities as those in the ´Phase A´ School.
We will support you in applying for teaching posts. The mock interviews we include as part of the course have directly resulted in job offers for our students.
We foster your continued relationship with the School of Education once you become an NQT by supporting your career development in a number of ways.
Education CPD+ offers a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers, and we offer Masters courses with a focus on Learning and Teaching, Educational Leadership, TESOL and Applied Linguistics.
Our PhD and EdD opportunities are very popular with those wishing to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level. We are committed to training excellent teachers during the PGCE and beyond, and we are proud that so many of our students return to the School of Education for further study once qualified.
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