Institute of Education


Secondary PGCE programmes

UCL's Secondary teacher training programmes have the depth of expertise, breadth of school partnerships and personalised care of tutors enabling our students to become highly successful teachers.

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The IOE has really set me up to teach at a high level which means the students I teach will also be learning at a higher level. As the teachers at the IOE are some of the best in the world, I feel very confident that I am going to hit the ground running when I start my teaching career.” 

Parsa – PGCE Mathematics

Our graduates are subject specialists, excelling in cutting-edge understandings of how to teach their subject.

They are independent, free-thinking professionals, not beholden to any singular pedagogy, approach or doctrine. They are collaborative and confident experts, committed to furthering the opportunities of every child in diverse London schools and beyond.

We have around 300 diverse and high quality school partnerships to maximize your growth as a teacher.


The Secondary PGCE Approach

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We design our flagship Secondary PGCE around your needs as you learn to teach one of 18 specific subjects in secondary settings. 80% of your sessions at the Institute are led by subject specialists and taught in subject-specialist cohorts or tutor groups – modelling contemporary approaches to teaching and learning so you see and experience how to embed these in your practice.

These are complemented by our Institute Professional Studies strand, including our flagship ‘Debates in Education’ sessions which enable you, together with educational professionals, academics and commentators, to debate and ‘think big’ about key educational issues in a range of discursive formats.

Lastly, focused ‘directed study’ days give you dedicated time to reflect on and consolidate your learning. We embed constructive dialogue into your PGCE – from extensive formative assignment feedback through to a community of peers, teachers, mentors and tutors with whom you will forge new understandings of how to help children learn to their potential and develop your own abilities to navigate a successful career.

Hear from our students  

Music PGCE

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"Become the best teachers"

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Lots of newness

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The whole world in your classroom

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Your next steps

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Teacher training at the IOE

Find out about our Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes and discover the answers to frequently asked questions.