Cleeve School

Course Overview
University of gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire PGCE programmes are taught in partnership with secondary schools/colleges. They will prepare you for entry to the teaching profession through developing your expertise in teaching pupils aged 11-16 with post-sixteen enhancement.

The University is delighted to be working closely with its Initial Teacher Education Lead Partner Cleeve School on aspects of recruitment, school placements, trainee and mentor curriculum design and delivery and the intensive training and practice element of the curriculum.

Trainee teachers work alongside experienced teachers, developing class-management skills, observing and supporting pupils’ development, becoming familiar with the school’s assessment of the curriculum and acquiring practical experience of inclusive teaching and learning within the school environment. Trainee teachers will develop research-informed understanding of curriculum design and have an excellent understanding of safeguarding practice.

Through following the University of Gloucestershire’s distinctive and ambitious initial teacher education curriculum trainee teachers will be fully prepared for life in the classroom.

The University of Gloucestershire has carefully sequenced the curriculum into 3 distinct phases, Developing, Broadening and Enhancing to enable trainee teachers to know more and do more as they progress through the year. The curriculum is organised into 5 curriculum areas: Behaviour Management, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours carefully embedding the Core Content Framework throughout to ensure they are receiving their minimum entitlement. In addition to introducing, revisiting and extending this core knowledge throughout the year, we offer opportunities for trainee teachers to challenge themselves through our ambitious curriculum areas in education for sustainability, research informed practice, decolonising the curriculum as well as subject specific themes. Trainee teachers will have opportunities to undertake "Intensive Training and Practice” in some of these curriculum areas, providing a low stakes environment in which to develop and establish new skills.

Subject knowledge days will be delivered in small groups. This will provide plenty of opportunities to work independently and together, get personalised and timely feedback and you will be encouraged to actively participate in lively critical debates around the key learning.

The PGCE is awarded following satisfactory performance in relation to the Core Curriculum Framework and the standards for QTS. Evidence of success will be drawn from coursework, study tasks, and teaching competence: demonstrated through school experience.

In addition, our PGCE offers trainee teachers the opportunity to gain up to 60 Master’s credits, with potential progression to a Master’s degree.

Trainee teachers can expect to begin developing knowledge and skills at an expert level, enabling you to thrive in the teaching profession. The course will equip you to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and their families.

Secondary Subjects

Our Secondary PGCE teacher training subjects are: Art & Design, Biology, English, Geography, History, Mathematics and Physical Education

Training Locations

Trainee teachers will be placed in schools for most of their course although training will also take place centrally at the University’s campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. School placements will be within commuting distance.

Placements are arranged for trainee teachers by the University in collaboration with its ITE Lead Partners and its partnership schools with key considerations in mind: experience of different age-ranges and schools, accessibility and travel time and trainee teachers’ previous experience.

On application candidates are able to express a preference for placements and training opportunities in one of our geographical areas and this information will be carefully considered and taken into account. We cannot guarantee however the geographical area of preference stated by candidates.

The normal working week is approximately 35 hours and normal school hours apply when students are on placement (8am-5pm), with additional independent study.

About the University of Gloucestershire

At the University of Gloucestershire, practice in the School of Education and Applied Sciences is based on a clearly defined set of values; the transformational potential of education, the centrality of social justice to our actions, the value of community and a belief that diversity enriches learning.

We are committed to helping our trainee teachers to take the next step in their education so that together we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Based at the historic Francis Close Hall campus, just a few minutes’ walk from Cheltenham town centre, we have been making a significant contribution to education for over 150 years.

Leading the way in high quality research, teaching and professional education, we have earned an excellent reputation in terms of student satisfaction and our graduates are caring and successful.

If you engage with us as an aspiring teacher, you will become part of a close-knit community characterised by exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of diverse schools for first-rate placement opportunities.

Personal Qualities

Successful applicants to our teacher training courses will be proactive, engaging, willing to learn and resilient with a drive to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families.

The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainee teachers to share this commitment.

Further information and how to apply


Telephone:  01242 714510


University of Gloucestershire Teacher Training