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Teaching secondary-age children is your chance to share your passion for your subject and inspire the next generation. 

Teaching children isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Every subject is different, which is why we make sure our support is centred on subject-specific knowledge, up-to-date teaching practices and, most importantly, your specific needs as a trainee teacher.

Our courses

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  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Social Sciences


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 two stages. That’s why we’ve designed our PGCE Secondary courses to be a supportive development for your teaching skills and gradual introduction to your new profession.

September to December

You'll complete three months of integrated training, in which you’ll spend three days a week, then four days a week in school. The other days will be spent learning about your new profession and about how to teach your subject.

January to June

You’ll start a second, longer placement in this stage. Ongoing support from and fortnightly training days at University will continue until Easter, after which you will finish your placement as a full-time trainee. This stage includes targeted support and training to help you secure your first teaching job, alongside the development of your teaching skills.

How we’ll support you 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 day in school, 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.

How we’ll assess you

At the end of each placement your school mentor, who will have supported you throughout your time in school, will assess your practice, using evidence from the whole of your time in school, such as from observations and lesson plans, to marking work.

You’ll complete a progress portfolio to collate evidence of your teaching practice. At the end of the course, we will use this evidence to show that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

You’ll also complete two level 7 Master’s assignments to test your ability to be critically reflective and research-led in your approach to teaching. These will count as 60 credits towards an MA Education.

Entry requirements

Each of our Secondary PGCEs will have subject-specific entry requirements, which you’ll find on our website. In addition to these, we are looking for applicants with:

  • An honours degree with a significant proportion in your PGCE subject
  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) English and Mathematics
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools
  • The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a secondary teacher
  • The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English

Strong applicants also have experience in secondary schools. At Leeds Trinity, we treat every applicant on their own merits and value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. 

PGCE Secondary University-led Interviews

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview which comprises of two elements. Read more about our PGCE Secondary University-led interviews.

The Leeds Trinity GCSE Equivalency

If you don’t have (or cannot provide proof of) the required GCSE qualifications, we’ll offer you the opportunity to sit a GCSE Equivalency exam when you’ve received an offer and made Leeds Trinity your firm choice. The results can only be used to progress on to programmes at Leeds Trinity University.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

Our local partners offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses​ for people who need to improve their knowledge before they start a PGCE.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses run at three different lengths:

  • Short Course - 8 to 12 weeks
  • Medium Course - 16 to 20 weeks
  • Long Course - 24 to 28 weeks

Details of these courses can be found at bradford.vidlearn6.co.uk or tes.com/institute/ske-ppc-landing-page.