Develop as a highly qualified, creative and confident teacher of literature, English language, drama and media studies, putting theory into practice as you gain specialist knowledge and skills in imaginative ways of teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Intermediate qualifications available:
• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training
• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an imaginative and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary English, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing teaching literature, language, drama and media; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
• The Professional Teacher • The Reflective Teacher* • The Research Informed Teacher* • The Subject Specialist (Secondary English)
*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level
You will acquire knowledge and experience of teaching Literature, English Language, Drama, and Media Studies in creative and imaginative ways. Knowledge of the canon of poetry, plays and novels are necessary to be able to deliver the curriculum.
You should be familiar with classic works as well as a range of modern fiction, non-fiction, multimodal texts and poetry suitable for all ages. Language and literature are rapidly changing to accommodate the post-modern pressures of a broadband age and you are expected to have knowledge of new emerging genres and other virtual areas where young people are creative with reading and writing.
You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits.
The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities, which define the level at which you meet the standards.
Your assignments and documentary evidence are managed through a webfolio, bringing together your experiences and activities into a coherent structure. It will help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, enabling you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.
Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.
The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.
On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.