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PGCE Secondary English

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

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. It also offers opportunities to develop expertise in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs in relation to the Secondary English Curriculum.

The course is available at either our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints campus, Manchester, see http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields or at the existing Cheshire campus in Crewe.

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 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.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

. Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
. Working in multi-professional teams
. Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
. Learning and teaching strategies
. Managing students' behaviour
. Planning and evaluating students' learning
. Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Trainees receive sustained support in their attempts to secure employment. Career opportunities relatge not only to Secondary English, but also to Media Studies and Drama. Many of our ex-trainees now hold positions of responsibility in partnership schools.

As part of this PGCE you will gain 60 Masters Level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

Our flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme includes MAs in Education, Educational Leadership and Management, Language Education and Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs.

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing proefessional 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. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

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

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

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. This course requires a minimum of a 2:1 classification. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application.

Course Fees

UK and EU students full-time £9,000 · Non-EU overseas students full-time £12,500

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