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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    2018: £9,250. Please note for 2019/20 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

The Course

This course prepares you to teach English in secondary schools. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, it will build and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Building on your English studies at undergraduate level, you will be encouraged to develop effective classroom and teaching skills whilst considering the theories, policies and developments within English teaching.

You will acquire an awareness of the teaching and learning strategies which will help you develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities of pupils across the 11-16 range with post 16 enhancement. Teaching related areas such as media and drama, as well as the post-16 curriculum, will also be explored during the course. You will develop the strategies and expertise necessary to teach an understanding and appreciation of both language and literature which will hopefully stay with pupils throughout their lives.

A particular strength of the course is its focus on ICT and media studies in English, reflecting Newman’s expertise in these areas as well as the importance to the wider community. Whether a novice or a confident user of ICT, you will explore how to use resources such as interactive whiteboards and multimedia programmes effectively when teaching English. It is a feature that not only helps our trainees explore exciting teaching opportunities, but also makes them especially attractive to employers.

School Experience

All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Our lecturers and visiting teachers use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and special projects. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, project work and practical teaching ability.


Visit the Secondary Initial Teacher Education - English PGCE page on the Newman University website for more details!

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