Skip to content

What makes PGCE Secondary Business with Economics at Worcester so special?

Whether your background is in economics or business, this course builds on your strengths while developing your employability and skills to teach both subjects. Teaching is informed by current research and you are encouraged to engage in the literature and debates about education. Your 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.

Join a supportive peer group of subject specialist trainees. The training is active, engaging and involves a range of school teaching contexts from financial awareness, citizenship and enterprise with younger pupils through to GCSE, A Level, vocational courses and International Baccalaureate with older students.

Key features

  • Explore business and economics concepts by engaging with a range of activities
  • 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
  • Continue to develop your own subject knowledge throughout the course

NB Business and Economics is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

Register your interest

Enter your details and we will keep you up to date with all you need to know to apply for a PGCE place:

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in Economics, Business or a related subject such as Accounting and Finance.
    Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/4 at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them           

For further information contact

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

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.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Professional skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.

The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.

Support we offer

We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.

Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.

  • Case study

    Daniel, 25, Business Degree

    “The support network is fantastic, the lecturers are all well practised in teaching and display a huge amount of enthusiasm for education. They inspire you to be more than a teacher and become an ambassador for education.”

  • Case study

    Owen, 24, Economics Degree

    “I did not really know what to expect before starting on this course but I knew I loved economics and the idea of shaping future minds. With a lot of support from Yvonne and a really friendly team atmosphere when at University, this has been a genuinely enjoyable, albeit highly challenging, journey.”

  • Case study

    Tracey, 36, Business Degree and business experience

    “My mentor was fantastic and so supportive. I am fortunate that she's going to be my head of department next year and I’m looking forward to being a permanent member of staff at the school.”

  • Case study

    Rob, 23, Business Degree

    “I have seen and felt my personal development and progression to becoming an outstanding teacher throughout the course. There have been highs and lows but it is always worth the effort to see your pupils learning. The gratification far outweighs the hard work.”

  • Case study

    Neil, 49, Economics Degree and business experience

    “I have found the skills and knowledge I gained from my previous work experience invaluable, specifically in being able to bring theory alive through using real life examples, the course has given me the insight and confidence to use new teaching strategies in the classroom.”

Book your place at an Open Day

Want to know why so many students love living and studying in Worcester?

Our open days are the perfect way to find out.

Book your place

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

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 economics and business.
  • 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 economics and business 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.
  • Experience a ‘school trip’ opportunity.
  • Present to peers within and beyond the University. 
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.


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

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (100% in 2015)
  • Receive ongoing professional support from trainee, to NQT, to RQT and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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 services


  • 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.

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

  • Yvonne Cashmore

    Yvonne joined the university in September 2013, bringing with her 15 years of experience in teaching Business, Economics and ICT in a secondary school. During this time she also held a range of posts including Head of Business, Economics and Accounting, SENCO, WRL and Work Experience Co-ordinator and Young Enterprise link teacher. Yvonne has worked with trainee teachers for many years, both as a subject mentor and as professional mentor. Her experiences are not limited to the school environment however, as she has also spent 13 years working in a variety of roles for a leading awarding body.

  • Case study

    Daniel, 25, Business Degree

    “University sessions provide you with a multitude of creative and enjoyable classroom activities whilst helping you reflect and consistently grow into the teacher you want to be.” 

  • Case study

    Joanna, 24, Business Studies Degree

    “Choosing University of Worcester to study my PGCE is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Subject and professional studies tutors cannot help enough and the support from everyone is brilliant. The extra support from my subject tutor has been fantastic and helped me every step of the way.”

  • Case study

    James, 23, Business Management Degree

    “The course has lived up to its reputation; with very supportive mentors, amazing opportunities and new experiences daily. I highly recommend this course.”

  • Case study

    Louise, 44, Sociology and Education Degree and business experience

    “Contrasting placement schools offer different experiences and have enabled me to expand and hone my skills as a teacher. My career in industry has given me first-hand insight into many aspects of Business and Economics and has enabled me to enliven my subjects for my pupils and add vital context and texture to lessons at all levels.”


Where could it take you?

  • Excellent employment prospects (100% in 2015)
  • 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
Prospectus cover - students outside our historic City Campus buildings

Request or download a prospectus

Request now

  • Case study

    What positive impact have you had in your department and whole school during your NQT year?

    “I have developed a new framework for a Cambridge National group - this has included resources for a whole Planning for Work Unit and has proved very successful for my low ability group.”

    “I have created the scheme of work for the AS/A-Level Business specification change, which has included all new resources for this scheme and the current specification at A2. I am also a form tutor for Year 8 and take the year 8 football for games lessons, football club and matches at weekends.”

    “I have led a school wide celebration with the ceremonial burial of a time capsule filled with student work and school information. I have also contributed to the development of schemes of work and moderation practices within the department and am the Internal Verifier for BTEC Levels 2 & 3.”

  • Case study

    As an NQT, what are the most enjoyable experiences in your career so far?

    “I have enjoyed having responsibility of my own classes, getting to know my groups and making sure I can do everything that I can to make sure pupils are having a positive school experience.”

     “Getting to know and developing ownership of my own classes, having an influence on policies and practices in a new school, and helping to build a department with my colleagues.”

    “I have enjoyed bring in the classroom working with my students day in day out and building up a rapport with them.”


How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can 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. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, 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. 


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses


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



Apply now via UCAS


Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Secondary PGCE Office

Personal Academic Tutor

Yvonne Cashmore
01905 855058