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Teach at secondary level

Teach at secondary level

If you have a passion for a particular subject and think you would enjoy working with young people, helping to shape a positive future for them, then teaching in secondary schools could be for you. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses which will qualify you to teach your chosen specialist subject to young people aged 11 to 18.

I have a degree

If you have a degree, you can train to qualify as a secondary school teacher in one year. This course leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, as well as Qualified Teacher Status which allows you to start your teaching career.

You can apply directly to Sheffield Hallam, and we will arrange with you which schools you would like to enhance your training experience in the course.

You get really sparkly-eyed people in teaching who love their job, who find it incredibly rewarding and interesting. There's a moral purpose in teaching as well and there are great opportunities for job progression.
Mat Galvin, PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Alternatively, through the School Direct programme, you can choose which of our wide range of school partners you want to train in the above subjects with. In all cases you still receive your PGCE qualification from Sheffield Hallam.

Through our School Direct Partners you can also train for the following subjects:

  • PGCE Dance
  • PGCE Drama
  • PGCE Music
  • PGCE Social Sciences

I don't have a degree

Our undergraduate degree courses fully qualify you to work in secondary schools.

When I attended secondary school I was fortunate enough to have passionate, charismatic and dedicated science teachers. They inspired me to not only become a teacher myself but reinforced the spark I’ve always had with science.
Jack Forrest, BSc Science with Education and QTS


If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support from the Department for Education (DfE).

As the information can quickly become out of date we recommend that you check the Department for Education (DfE) website for the latest information.

My scholarship from the Institute of Physics has not only provided me with a cash bursary, but also provided me with free membership for the Institute of Physics so I can attend any events they hold, where experts talk about how to relate certain principles of physics to our teaching and how we can develop our skills.
Bradley Perry, PGCE Physics

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Visit our postgraduate open day on 8 March 4-7pm to find out about training to be a teacher in the region and our courses.

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