Pursuing a career as a Secondary School Teacher is a rewarding vocation with diverse challenges. There is a lot of information to consider before applying, we recommend you plan at least 18 months ahead to ensure you meet our entry requirements, including pre-experience.

Advice and support is available to our applicants, students, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and Alumni at every stage.

We welcome the opportunity to meet you at one of our postgraduate fairs in Manchester where you will be able to attend a PGCE Secondary talk and meet some of our teaching staff.

View our PGCE courses

English and Mathematics Equivalency Tests

For candidates without the minimum GCSE requirement, the Faculty provides tests in English and Mathematics for the purpose of entry to Secondary Teacher Training Programmes.

Our tests are available to eligible invited candidates to show a level of competence equivalent to Grade C at GCSE.

For more information, download the Equivalency Tests Brochure 2020‌.

School Experience

Applicants can register for the School Experience Programme, organised by the Department for Education (DfE), or arrange school experience independently.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Funded courses may be available for those who hold a PGCE place offer conditional upon topping up subject knowledge. The main focus is national priority subjects including Mathematics, Physics with Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computing with ICT, Design and Technology and Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German).

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Brochure 2020

Training Bursaries

To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach national shortage subjects. Find out more at the Department for Education.

Secondary Education