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Encourage new generations to discover the beauty of literature. Teach young people how to use language to express themselves. Become an English teacher.

Overview

English Secondary Education PGCE will qualify you to teach English at Secondary level in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

This one year course blends theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience. You will attend placements in a variety of educational settings, to gain a broad understanding of the realities of Secondary level teaching.

The starting salary of a newly qualified teacher is £22,000, and the average salary for a teacher is £37,400.

Funding for trainee teachers is better than it’s ever been with tax-free bursaries of up to £15,000 for English trainees.

Course Structure

Placements are an important part of this course. During that time, you will benefit from practical learning and be supported by school-based trainers and University-based tutors.

Your progress will be assessed with written assignments, case studies, and assessments of your teaching practice.

This course is a mixture of University-based learning and in-school training. You will spend at least 120 days on placement in a school or other educational institution.

September – January

  • Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
  • Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
  • Subject Studies related module

January – June

  • Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
  • Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
  • Subject Studies related module

MA modules

Modules may include:

  • Development of Learning: a Case Study (30 credits)

In this module you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils.

  • Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 credits)

In this module you will create a plan, undertake and critically evaluate a piece of research on an educational topic of your choice.

  • Advanced Pedagogical Practice (30 credits)

You will critically examine your chosen subject, relating current practice to educational theory and appropriate literature.

  • Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 credits)

You will study the principles of leadership, responsibilities of leadership in an educational establishment, tackling under-performance, and auditing performance.

  • Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 credits)

You will examine educational assessment theory in relation to the current practice in your own educational setting.

Facilities

You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Employment & careers

This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained secondary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in secondary schools.

Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.

The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placement. We’ll work with you to find you the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best secondary teacher you can be.


Visit the English Secondary Education - PGCE page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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