Secondary Teacher Training

You could inspire the next generation of teenagers! At the Institute of Education we offer a variety of subjects and routes to becoming a Secondary school teacher for both undergraduate and postgraduate level applicants.

Training as a Secondary school teacher, upon successful completion, will allow you to teach across the eleven to sixteen age range within the secondary age phase. For some of the non-compulsory subjects within schools,you will be taught to teach those from year ten into sixth form level (14 to 19 within the secondary age range).

Got a query about Secondary teacher training? Visit the Secondary Teaching Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains answers to the most common queries that we receive.

Undergraduate Secondary Education

Find out how you can get both subject knowledge at degree level and the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by taking a three year undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate Secondary Education

Search for the full list of Postgraduate Teacher Training routes in Secondary Education via the new Department for Education 'Find Postgraduate Teacher Training' service.  You can search courses/routes by us as a provider and subject.

PGCE (traditional) Secondary Education

This nine month postgraduate qualification leads to the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.


PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with EBacc Subjects:

PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Biology PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Geography
PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Chemistry PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Mathematics
PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Computer Science PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Spanish
PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with English PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Physics
PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with French  

School Direct

We offer a number of school direct routes (both tuition and salaried) in subjects aligned with our PGCE subjects (above). Find out more about the University's School Direct opportunities and the secondary schools we are in partnership with and how to apply.

Start your teaching journey by seeking tailored advice at our Choose to Teach events

'Choose to Teach' offers a brilliant opportunity for you to meet university staff and schools and get one-to-one advice about your journey to becoming a teacher!

Bursary funding for non-salaried Postgraduate Teacher Training courses 2019/20 (1)

Subject Scholarships (3) Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Physics £28,000 £26,000
Chemistry £28,000 £26,000
Languages (4) £28,000 (5) £26,000
Computing £28,000 £26,000
Geography £28,000 £26,000
Biology - £26,000
English - £15,000
Design and Technology & History - £12,000


Subject Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's Early Career Payments (2) Total (2)
Mathematics £20,000 bursary £10,000 £30,000
£22,000 scholarship (3) £10,000 £32,000


  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. You could receive £30k or £32k in total - £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
  3. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the              appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded    in place of a bursary.
  4. Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of            eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
  5. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. 

*Information taken from the DfE Get into Teaching Website. Visit this site to find out more about elidgability for this funding including criteria for scholarships. 

General Teacher Training Information

Preparing for teacher training

View our Preparing for Initial Teacher Training Application and Interviews advice document.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. We have put together a list of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application.

Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. If you are offered a place following an interview, you will have to pass both skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.

We also offer support with the taking and passing of the professional skills tests. To find out more about the kind of support we offer, please follow this link to our webpage.


For any enquiries about our secondary courses please e-mail