Train to teach English with media to 11 to 16-year-olds with our National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course and begin your fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher. You’ll learn the principles of effective English teaching and how to develop school pupils’ love of literature. A dedicated tutor will provide you with support throughout your training, while school placements will provide you with hands-on practical experience in the classroom. Successful graduates of our PGCE Secondary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.
More about this course
This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary English with Media course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, while also giving you the opportunity to teach at a college level.
You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to promote high standards of language and literacy. This will also help develop school pupils’ love of literature and reading for their own enjoyment.
We run this course in collaboration with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC tutors will provide you with support throughout the course, drawing on their extensive experience of consultancy for schools and running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. You’ll continue to receive support from a dedicated EMC tutor throughout your school experience.
This PGCE course benefits from our London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their English and media skills.
We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.
Although this PGCE course is directed at teaching 11 to 16-year-olds, we seek to provide opportunities for teaching older children wherever possible.
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue
There are no examinations.
This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
This is a year long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
-Sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
-Training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of the these curriculum areas
Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
-Support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas
-120 days spread across two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools
In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensure your subject knowledge is up-to-date.
After the course
This intensive PGCE School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure secondary teacher roles at schools including Ark Academy, East Barnet School, Kingsford Community School and more.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.
PGCE School Direct
The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.
London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.
Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University and the school placement divided between two partner schools.