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What makes PGCE - Secondary - Business and Business with Economics at Worcester special?

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Whether your background is in business or economics, these courses build on your strengths while developing your employability and skills to teach your specialist subject. Teaching is informed by current research and you are encouraged to engage in the literature and debates about education to maximise your development. Your two contrasting placements are carefully thought out and tailored to meet your development needs and subject specialism. You will be supported and challenged by mentors working in business and economics departments in partnership schools and colleges. The majority of your time in university is in subject specialist workshops, led by a Business and Economics specialist. You will be part of a group of specialist business and economics trainees learning to teach.

The training prepares you to teach GCSE, A Level and vocational courses. Additional opportunities usually include planning and delivering an enterprise day to younger pupils and a financial awareness day at a special needs school. Visits to an independent school and a college enhance your experiences further.

We are proud that our Secondary PGCE was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in March 2023. Ofsted identified that:

Trainees benefit from an exceptional learning experience at the University of Worcester. This experience instils in them a deep-rooted commitment to making a difference to the lives of the children and young adults in the communities they serve.’

Placements, university sessions and mentors will support your development and our trainees are ‘exceptionally well-prepared for their first teaching post’ (Ofsted, 2023)



Key features

  • Explore a wide range of strategies for teaching business and economics concepts and develop your subject knowledge throughout the course
  • Access to a vast amount of resources on teaching and learning and also business and economics through university sessions and the Hive
  • Consider what effective learning and teaching looks like in a business and economics classroom through reflecting on your own learning and exploring research evidence
  • Discuss the place of business and economics in the curriculum and the current issues within business and economics education
  • Opportunities for personal development through taking a leading role in key subject days in schools, encouragement to participate in all aspects of school life whilst on placement. Many business and economics trainees also enjoy the Aspiring Leaders enhancement activity
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Ofsted has rated us as "Outstanding" in training Primary and Secondary Teachers 2023.

The University of Worcester’s education of future primary and secondary teachers has been given the highest possible grade with inspectors stating that, along with its partners, the University creates “a learning community that places children at the heart of everyone’s endeavours”.  

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James Richards

James Richards

“I have a range of emotions about graduating,” he said. “I’ve had such an amazing experience this year and I have had excellent opportunities to become the best teacher I can be, learning from my mentors at both placement schools and from other teachers in the department."

“I will miss my university days, having the opportunity to catch up with friends from the course and mentors, sharing all the stories we have, whether good or bad, having that constant support has helped a lot. But I’m also very proud. It’s been a very tough but rewarding experience, but I know Worcester has provided me with the best opportunity to start my ECT year at Sir Thomas Rich’s and even though we won’t be going back to university, I know I have made friends for life during the course and we will all stay in contact and support each other on our teacher journeys.”

"I chose to study at Worcester, because they don’t just ensure that you become the best teacher you possibly can but offer a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities to allow you to become a more well-rounded teacher.”

Jack Ashington-Carter

Jack Ashington-Carter

Jack Ashington-Carter is embarking on a career in teaching after completing his PGCE Secondary, Business with Economics at the University of the Worcester.

“Last year, there were a few occasions where my wife was very unwell,” he said. “It was somewhat challenging finding the time to finish university work or lesson plans with repeated trips to the Hospital, but I found the time because of how much I enjoy the profession.”

“My long-term plans are to become a Head of Department and continue through a middle-leadership route,” he said. “I chose to study at the University of Worcester because of the phenomenal reputation it has as a teacher training provider, the locality and the programme that had been established to ensure that I could develop into an excellent teacher.”

“I found my time at the University incredibly rewarding. There was a lot of support on hand throughout the PGCE for both academic issues and personal. The Tutors at the University are wonderful and are always willing to listen. The exposure to the classroom prior to placement was very welcome and began to build confidence. The feedback from the first day in the classroom to the final day of PGCE was second to none and had a developmental focus to ensure that we kept pushing ourselves to be the best possible practitioners.”

Fatema Karim

Fatema Karim

“I feel as though my PGCE really prepared me for this year and I hope to be able to continue to improve as a teacher and go far in the profession,” said the 22-year-old. 

“I really enjoyed the visits we used to do at schools as it helped us look at a variety of institutes such as private boarding schools, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) schools and colleges,” she said. “The visits also helped me understand what type of school I would like to work in. The highlight for me was when we visited a school and were able to run an enterprise day for their Year 7s. It was amazing to see our hard work become a reality.”

“I was involved in a lot outside of my PGCE and all this became hard to juggle,” said Fatema, of Hall Green, Birmingham. “My University tutor alongside my placement schools assisted me throughout the course with this so I could prioritise my PGCE and therefore make it to the end. These skills have continued to help me into my first teaching year and I could not be more grateful or thankful for that.”

“We were also given constant reminders that the University was always there to help whether that be financially or offering mental health support which I think is really important when being a university student.”

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Evelin Herbert

“Graduating after a challenging year as a teacher trainee feels uplifting,” said Evelin. “While the course was demanding and I recounted the numerous challenges during the year, I feel extremely proud to have finished and have become a trained teacher. Everyone has been extremely supportive, especially my university tutor, who helped me through everything involving personal matters. I am very thankful for her, and I believe I could not have done my training without the support I received.”

“I found my time to be scarce, but it is definitely possible to finish a teacher training, even with part time jobs or family time.” 

"While I had lived in the UK before during my bachelor course, this time I had to make my move from Budapest to Worcester completely all on my own, while being responsible for my dog. The two of us had a lovely journey exploring the city and learning new things.”

Trish Duncan

Trish Duncan

“The University of Worcester was one of the few universities that offered the chance to train to become a Business Teacher,” said Trish. “And it also came with a great reputation. So, in June 2020 I found myself having an interview to be accepted on the course.  Luckily, I got accepted, left my job and started studying like mad so I felt ready for my September start.”

“I was concerned that my hearing impairment would negatively impact my ability to become a teacher, but I was wrong. The University helped me apply for some extra funding that enabled me to get a microphone and loop system that I could use in my classroom to help me hear my pupils better.”

“My business tutor and professional studies tutor were both fantastic,” she said. “I felt very supported at all times and nothing ever felt like too small a problem to discuss. My placements were at Hanley Castle High School and Pershore High School, both of which were fantastic, and I cannot thank them enough for the training and support.”

“Graduating felt amazing – this last year has just flown by – and I’m so proud that at 39 I have started on a new path in my life that I absolutely adore. I have no regrets about changing my career.”

Imogen Youd

Imogen Youd

Imogen was living in Barcelona playing in Catalonia’s Division 2 basketball league when she decided she wanted to train to become a teacher.

“I decided I wanted to teach Business as I was volunteering in a primary school in Spain and felt very passionate about ensuring every pupil had the same opportunities in education,” said Imogen. “I chose Worcester for my PGCE as I had a previous experience here which I loved and also the reputation for teaching education is top-notch.”

“My time studying was very intense,” she said. “I was already aware that the PGCE would be very full-on but having basketball commitments alongside this, made it so that I had barely any free time at all. Lesson planning took a great deal of time for me, but I enjoyed seeing how I made a difference to pupil lives.”

Imogen is now working at a school in Twickenham and is running the Business Curriculum, alongside playing basketball for Brent Bulls in Division 2 of the national league.

“In the coming years I plan on applying for head of department/head of year roles to capitalise on my managerial experience,” she said. “I am also still playing basketball and enjoying the healthier, work-life balance.”

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Alex McDonald

Alex McDonald completed his PGCE in Business with Economics and will shortly take on a role as Head of Department. His feat is all the more remarkable as he combined this with six months helping out as a medical secretary.

“I am certainly proud of myself,” said the 24-year-old, of Cheltenham. “I remember the Course Leader saying in the first week of the PGCE that teaching is like a rollercoaster, and I definitely found the PGCE full-on at times. The end goal is always in the back of your mind, and it therefore makes life much more relaxing when you know you are going to be stood in your own classroom and making a difference to your own students in the not too distant future.”

Alex added: “The PGCE course at the University of Worcester is very highly respected by schools across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed the level of support and guidance given; I would certainly classify it as a personal learning experience.  Moreover, the University and I are very much still in contact and I know that if I ever have any concerns that I can ask for support and guidance.” 

Kai Zhong

Kai Zhong

Kai worked as a Business and Accounting teacher in an international school in China but wanted to expand his knowledge further and decided the UK was the place to do it.

He applied for and completed a Masters’ degree in Educational Management and Leadership at the University of Southampton before applying to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Worcester.

“I chose to train as a teacher at the University of Worcester because it has a great reputation,” he said. “When I had my interview with my tutor, Yvonne, it was a great feeling and she was really experienced. After that, I was convinced that I should choose the University of Worcester because I knew I could learn loads from her. And that is indeed what happened.”

Kai is returning to China where he has secured a new job working in an international school.

Read Kai’s full case study here.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please consult individual subject specialism pages for full details of entry requirements, but most specialisms ask for:

Academic requirements

  • Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • All entrants have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (formerly grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics (applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer an equivalency test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email:

Additional requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check. You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS in the summer term. You will need to pay for this. You may already be part of the DBS update service. As part of the DBS process, you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List.
  • A check against the Prohibition List.
  • If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.
  • An online occupational health check. All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education.
  • International students: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

Other information

To help you prepare for your interview you can expect questions covering the following:

  • the subject knowledge required for teaching the subject curriculum in school
  • your ability to critically reflect on your prior experiences in relation to your future development as a teacher
  • your understanding of the UK education system and the wider role of a teacher
  • how you have overcome challenges in your life and shown resilience
  • how you plan to meet the academic and teaching demands of the course.

In addition, we are looking for enthusiasm, commitment, and potential. Clear verbal and written communication skills are integral to this which you will have an opportunity to demonstrate throughout the interview.

  • School experience is desirable, but not essential.
  • Interviews will be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.

All applications for PGCE Secondary should be made via the Government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Additional useful information is available on the Government's Get Into Teaching website.

Course content

Course content

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in business and economics.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident delivery of subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops working in a group of specialist business and economics trainees.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Design and deliver an Enterprise Day in school
  • Visit a college and see the FE and HE options available to your students 
  • Explore a range of qualifications with experts from Awarding Bodies
  • Develop reflective practitioners prepared for a career in teaching
  • Design and deliver a Financial Awareness Day in a special school
  • Strong links with the subject association - Economics, Business and Enterprise Association 


  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Develop adaptive teaching strategies to respond to the unique needs in a range of contexts, leveraging the diversity inherent in schools.
  • Be informed by the research and evidence about effective teaching at a general level before applying this knowledge to subject-specific approaches
  • Learn the expectations, standards and behaviours which are appropriate to the profession and the wider responsibilities of a teacher.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: PSHE and Citizenship, Careers Education, Education in Climate Emergency, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Technology Enhanced Learning.  In addition, we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to ECT (Early Career Teacher) and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.


  • 120 days teaching in schools plus additional days which allow opportunities to prepare and rehearse key teaching skills, covering three foundational teaching skills; explanations and modelling, talk for learning, and assessment for impact. These additional days will explore practical strategies for the classroom, with opportunities to practice, rehearse and implement in school.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint service


  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Yvonne Cashmore

Yvonne is the PGCE Secondary Subject Leader for PGCE Business with Economics and PGCE Business. She also works as the Regional Training Hub Coordinator and is Institute of Education Quality Coordinator, and an Academic Integrity Tutor.

Prior to joining the university in 2013, Yvonne taught in schools and colleges in Sussex before spending 15 years leading and teaching Business, Economics and ICT in a Worcestershire secondary school. During this time she held a range of sts - Professional Mentor, Subject Mentor, Head of Business Economics and Accounting including line management of the IT Department, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Quality Nominee, Work Related Learning and Work Experience Coordinator and Young Enterprise Centre Lead.

Yvonne has also spent 20 years working in a variety of senior roles in examining, moderating, training and qualification development for a range of GCSE, A Level and vocational qualifications for a natonal awarding body. She is currently an external examiner for PGCE courses at two universities and is a Fellow of the HEA.



  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential
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PGCE Alumni Scholarship

If you are a University of Worcester graduate starting a full-time PGCE in September 2024 then you may be eligible for a £500 Cash Scholarship.

See our scholarships page for more details.

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling on a PGCE in the academic year 2024/25 will be £9,250 per year.*

* Please note that for EU students training as Physics or Languages teachers and in receipt of a UK government bursary/scholarship package the fee is £17,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on a PGCE in the academic year 2024/25 will be £17,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You may be able to get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, trips, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply now

Applications for PGCE courses should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Yvonne Cashmore

Personal Academic Tutor