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PGCE English

Course Description

This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach English in secondary schools.

Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas. PGCE students are also registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7).

You will benefit from support from both Leeds Trinity University staff and fellow trainees to ensure the year runs as smoothly as possible. You will gain experience of teaching in a range of school contexts, being offered excellent support throughout the process. You will be able to identify strengths and areas for development in your teaching expertise as you move to your NQT year as you become increasingly reflective and evaluative as a teacher.

Benefits of PGCE English

- We are a well-established provider of English teachers with strong links with schools in Yorkshire and across the North East.
- The Leeds Trinity University PGCE English programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and nondenominational.
- Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts.
- University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher.
- The employment rate of our students is very high.
- Our graduates have taken up teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.
- The course qualifies you to teach English at 11–16 or 11–18, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at different ages.

Graduate Destinations

97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​

Study Route

You can choose to study PGCE English via the following routes:

- The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
- PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers.
- Find out more about our partner schools: Academies Enterprise Trust, Beckfoot School, Dixons Academies Trust​, St Mary's College, Hull.
- PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

Visit the PGCE English page on the Leeds Trinity University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You'll need a good honours degree (2:2 or above) with a significant proportion of English; GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) English and Mathematics; Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools; Attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher; Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

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