PGCE (Secondary): Part-time Programme

  • UCAS Teacher Training code
    CX11 (Biology)
    FX11 (Chemistry)
    WX91 (D&T)
    QX31 (English)
    FX31 (Physics)
  • Length
    2 years part-time

Course overview

This course offers an innovative and integrated route for those looking to become qualified secondary school teachers who need a part-time programme of study.

The part-time PGCE is available for those wanting to teach English, Design & Technology, or Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

You will take part in University-based workshops and tutorials where you’ll be fully supported by a network including mentors, tutors and peers. At the same time, you will spend an overall period of 24 weeks working in a school environment, gradually taking full responsibility over classes.

We will normally arrange your placement in a school that is already in partnership with us. Most of these schools are in the Greater London area. The timings of the two main blocks of school experience are arranged to meet your requirements and those of the placement schools.

The programme is part-time in order to fit around your individual circumstances and how intensively you are able to work.

Additional costs

On top of your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dave Dennis or Francis Gilbert


The Part-time programme is completed over two years. Attendance to all University taught sessions is required, the flexibility on the programme is around the timings of the school placements and how these are completed (on a part-time or full-time basis).


Year 1


Subject studies module

This is completed in the first year, including the Masters-level assignment. You will be required to attend all the University subject sessions in the first term (normally for 4 weeks at the start of the autumn term) and in sessions that run in January. The teaching sessions run from 9am to 4pm each day. You will also be expected to attend University each Friday of the autumn term.


School experience module

You will complete the equivalent of 24 weeks in school over the two year Programme. We normally expect you to arrange your other commitments to enable you to undertake the school placements on a full-time basis. In some cases in may be possible for you to complete the first school experience on a part-time basis, as three or four days a week over a longer period of time. However, the second school experience (in Year 2) consists of full-time attend in the school for one block of 12 weeks.


In the first year you complete the equivalent of 10 days in a secondary school before Christmas and in either the second or third term you will complete your first school placement, you can discuss the timing of this placement with your University tutor once you complete your needs analysis.


Year 2


Studies in Professional Issues and Research in Education (SPIRE) module

In the second year of the programme you complete the SPIRE module (Studies in Professional Issues and Research in Education), including the Masters level assignment. There are a series of taught sessions, some in the autumn term and some of the sessions run in January.


School experience module.

You will complete the school experience module in the second year. The second school placement is 12 weeks completed on a full-time basis.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established
a reputation for excellence in this field

Educational Studies

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups. 

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher. 

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms. 


We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring. 


Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.*

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Find out more about the Department of Educational Studies.

*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.