Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE


Why choose this course?

Want to make a difference to the lives of young people in the classroom? Train to teach in one year with our PGCE Secondary course.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. The course is designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools. The course is designed to allow you to spend 120 days in schools, working with experienced teachers to develop your practice.

You will also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and wellbeing.

In addition to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards our Master of Research in Education (MRes), which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

Pathway UCAS code Mode Duration Start date
Biology C1X1 Full time 1 year September 2024
Chemistry F1X1 Full time 1 year September 2024
Citizenship with Social Science 2VZZ Full time 1 year September 2024
English 37ZX Full time 1 year September 2024
Mathematics G1X1 Full time 1 year September 2024
Physical Education 3CL9 Full time 1 year September 2024
Physical Education with EBacc X838 Full time 1 year September 2024
Physics F3X1 Full time 1 year September 2024
Main location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This intensive, well-supported course prepares you to teach in the 11-16 age range and offers the opportunity to develop teaching for sixth form.
  • Kingston's partnership schools offer excellent opportunities for practical learning.
  • You will have personalised support from both University and partnership schools.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.


Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.


Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.


You will need to pay for your travel to and from school placements, costs can vary depending on the location and mode of transport.

Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.