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The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training. We are committed to providing high quality university and school-led training and have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges in the North West region and offer a wide range of secondary subject disciplines.

Our PGCE English has a well established regional and national reputation for training high quality teachers of English which is reflected in the excellent record of trainees securing sought-after posts. English is a core secondary school subject with a wide-ranging syllabus, including English Language and Literature, and supporting studies, such as Media Education and Drama. You will learn how to deliver the National Curriculum and GCSE requirements and within the principles of inclusive education, you will develop an understanding of children's reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This course is available via University and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Features and benefits of the course

-Opportunity to develop expertise in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs
-Practice placements available in a wide range of schools and colleges
-Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas
-Course includes 60 M-level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
-Access to NQT Alumni support in first year of teaching
-Close links to our Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10

Placement options

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas. These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school. Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.

About the Course

English is a core secondary school subject with a wide-ranging syllabus. As well as training to teach English Language and Literature, you will undertake supporting studies, such as Media Education and Drama. You will learn how to teach in accordance with the National Curriculum, the key stage 3 Framework for Teaching English and GCSE.

Within the principles of inclusive education, you will develop an understanding of children's reading, writing, speaking and listening.
A blend of experiences in school and practical sessions in the university will relate teaching and learning styles to planning classroom activities, with a particular focus on Key Stage 3 curriculum developments. You will have guidance from teachers and university tutors and have opportunities to become familiar with how your subject relates to whole school issues, such as Citizenship and Equal Opportunities.

Examinations at Key Stage 3, GCSE/Key Stage 4, A-level and other post-16 syllabuses provide a focus for developing understanding of assessment and evaluation generally.

The school-based focus of this course provides you with an opportunity, through an enrichment project, to research independently a particular curriculum interest.

Our course prides itself on the level of individual support that is given to trainees. This course is both challenging and rewarding. It is highly organised, moves at a fast pace and will make demands on your organisational skills.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Visit the Secondary English with QTS - PGCE page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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