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Durham University

School of Education

PGCE Secondary (with QTS)

Welcome to the PGCE Secondary (with QTS) programme at Durham University.

The aim of the PGCE Secondary Partnership is to enable you to develop the range of skills required to become a qualified teacher of pupils aged between 11 and 16 (with post-16 enhancement).

More specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Cope effectively in the classroom by developing your classroom management and control skills.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy of specialist areas.
  • Establish an understanding of a range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions that underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.
  • Develop an understanding of pupils in school, their similarities and differences, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour, their motivation and levels of attainment.

You will home these skills by undertaking subject specialist study and work on cross-curricular, focusing on school and classroom-based issues. You will undertake a number of school placements including your primary school based experience before you start the programme.

All students undertaking a PGCE at Durham University have the option of continuing a Master's level degree through our cutting-edge MA Education programme, which combines elements of the PGCE with further Master's level work.

Please contact us for further information or to speak to one of our team.