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Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Media Studies (PGCE)

Course Description

We are all exposed to different forms of media every day of our lives. We will give you the skills to spark your pupils' interest in this thought-provoking subject by delivering exciting and inspiring lessons about all aspects of the media, from print to TV.

We will broaden your understanding of how pupils of differing abilities learn, enabling you to plan activities that will ensure all your students benefit from your lessons and are highly motivated to learn about all aspects of the media. For example, you will learn how to plan a stimulating lesson about adverts and how pupils can deconstruct them to identify dominant messages.

We will develop you as a teacher, giving you the skills and confidence to find creative ways to translate your knowledge into a language pupils can easily understand. A key element of your training will be the hands-on experience you acquire in the classroom, giving you the opportunity to grow your confidence, teaching ability and knowledge base while trialling different teaching methods so you can formulate your own style.

This course is offered through School Direct.

For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_mediastudies

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, you will then be qualified as a secondary school teacher, with a specialism in media studies

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Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of training teachers and you'll be guided by an experienced course team ready to nurture your potential as a future teacher. You will benefit from a supportive learning community. You will build up a network of contacts made up of fellow students, our research staff and your course tutors, giving you access to advice, support and tips that will really develop your understanding of the subject and improve your teaching ability.

A critically reflective approach to your teaching will be encouraged, helping you to develop your confidence and your own identity and teaching style.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to build your networks of support and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver subjects and inspire your teaching.

The bulk of your training will take place in a school environment. Many of the schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you can maximise your time preparing lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting school, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We will provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers and on successful completion of your course you will be able to enrol in our Newly Qualified Teacher module, giving you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys’ writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.


- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, our Library has got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Media Studies (PGCE) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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