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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

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 PGCE Secondary courses in three main stages. Each stage consists of a University-based training block and school-based training block.

September to December

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

December to March

  • One week of University-based training
  • One Serial Visit Week at your second placement school
  • Nine weeks’ school-based training

March to June

  • One week of University-based training
  • Ten weeks’ school-based training

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 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. 

How we’ll assess you

Throughout your placement, you’ll be assessed based on the elements of teaching you’ll be doing every day – from observations and lesson plans, to marking work. You’ll complete a progress portfolio to collate evidence of your teaching practice, which will be assessed against
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
  • The current skills tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will be assured against a set of fundamental Mathematics and English skills by the end of their initial teacher training
  • 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.