PGCE in Secondary Education Business Education

Why choose Herts?

  • Ranked best university provider for Teacher Training in the UK (NSS, 2020-21).
  • Benefit from strong partnerships with over 300 schools and training providers across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Cambridgeshire.
  • You will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon graduating from this programme, enabling you to teach in Secondary Schools.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status.

About the course

This Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching Business Studies to the 14 -19 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with local secondary schools.

We are looking to select trainees who:

  • have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in secondary schools
  • are resilient and able to work under pressure
  • have good subject knowledge to train to teach in the area they are interested in

Why choose this course?

The strengths of our PGCE secondary programmes are the high levels of pastoral care and support we offer trainees. We also have effective partnerships with schools which enhances trainees' subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of teaching and ensures our trainees achieve good levels of attainment.

In addition, this qualification is worth 60 Master's-level credits (one third of a Master's degree). Following completion of the PGCE you can top-up part-time to a Master's degree in Education.

Ranked 10th for teacher training in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023).

What will I study?

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops, where active participation is encouraged. Twenty-four weeks of the programme are spent in local partnerships schools. This enables you to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions as well as support you in your school-based training where you develop your classroom expertise.

The programme includes opportunities to visit different educational contexts, including a primary school and a special needs school.

  • Level 6
    School-based training 130 CreditsCompulsory
    School-based training 230 CreditsCompulsory
    Professional learning and development30 CreditsOptional
    Subject and curriculum knowledge30 CreditsOptional
  • Level 7
    Professional learning and development30 CreditsCompulsory
    Business subject and curriculum knowledge30 CreditsCompulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    PGCE Secondary (Business Education) (Revised 2024) Download
    Programme specifications
    PGCE Secondary (Business Education) (Revised 2024) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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