PGCE Secondary English
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Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of English with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5. Through study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities in both secondary school and college settings.
• Gain the qualified teacher status (QTS) needed to teach English in secondary education.
• Build your knowledge of education and English through your studies.
• Increase your teaching skills and confidence through two separate placements.
• Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation.
Full-time – one year
Fees – home and EU students
Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.
2014/15 academic year
Typically £9,000 for the course
Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary English, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.
On the course you
• enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills
• learn how to teach English
• learn about the wider role of teachers in school
• gain knowledge about schools and the education system
• apply your skills and knowledge on school placements
We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach English.
You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for self-evaluation and personal development.
School placements are central to the course. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.
Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.
During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
For more information visit www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect
• research projects • individual and group work • presentations and reports • preparing teaching materials and plans • teaching practice
All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.
You must hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent, which includes 50% English.
You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in English related or other educational activities. Download our application experience guidelines for more information about experience requirements and interview advice for this course. This document includes important information about your application. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being unsuccessful.
You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
We consider each application on its merits. Interviews are part of the selection process for this course. As you will be working with children, you will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 235 (Internet based).
* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary english • learning and teaching in context in english • block placement 1 • block placement 2
We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.
We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.