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PGCE Secondary Education

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​​​Leeds Trinity University is widely respected for teacher training among universities, schools, colleges and expert practitioners in education. Our reputation for excellence has led t​o the establishment of around 600 relationships with school partners, who work with us to deliver PGCE courses in many different subject areas.

These partnerships ensure we give our students the knowledge and practical skills they need to prepare them for a successful teaching career. Year-on-year, our students are among the most employable Secondary Education graduates in the UK. Could you be one of them?

Our secondary education programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase. You can choose to study a PGCE training course the way that best suits you. We provide recommended PGCE University-led, School Direct and School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) study routes to help you progress in your chosen subject area and gain the practical skills to prepare you for a successful teaching career.

Read more about our PGCE study routes here.

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PGCE Secondary courses:


All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Course Structure

We believe that the most effective path to becoming an outstanding teacher is a gradual one, filled with plenty of support and opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice in stages. That’s why we’ve designed our Secondary PGCE courses in three main stages. Each stage consists of a university-based training block and school-based training block.

STAGE 1 - Introduction to Teaching (September to December) 

  • Five weeks' university-based training
  • Three weekly Serial Visit Days at your first placement school
  • Eight weeks' school-based training

STAGE 2 - Developing your Knowledge (December to March)

  • One weeks university-based training
  • One Serial Visit Day at your second placement school
  • Nine weeks' school-based training

STAGE 3 - Preparing for your Teaching Career (March to June)

  • One week of university-based training
  • Nine weeks' school-based training

Support throughout your training

Our School Partnerships Team will source your placements for you, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances. You'll be allocated a subject tutor, who will work with you to ensure you're prepared and ready to go into school.

Before your first serial visit, you'll have the opportunity to meet your school-based mentor who will be there to support you throughout your placement.

Throughout your placements, you'll have the support of a mentor based at each of your schools. This mentor is trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your school-based training, as well as to assess your progress against the Teachers' standards.

You'll also have a subject and link tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. Their role is to provide quality assurance for your training, as well as to offer any support and advice you may need. 

Assessment Only

We provide Assessment Only (AO) routes for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced practitioners, and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) that cover teaching and any other unqualified teaching roles in schools.

Discover more about gaining QTS through AO​

Get in touch

Contact the PGCE Admissions Office, whether you need advice or have a question, on +44 (0) 113 283 7123 or

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