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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: English

Course Description

Why not put your passion for English towards earning an exciting career as a secondary school teacher? You'll learn everything you need on our specialist course, gaining the essential knowledge and skills to show why English is such a wide-ranging and fascinating subject. We offer a blend of theory and practical work through placements to give you a well-rounded experience in being an effective English teacher.

You'll learn from expert tutors who will support you throughout the year, helping you plan, resource and deliver lessons to pupils across the age and ability range. We are enthusiastic about all aspects of the English curriculum, including language, literature, drama and media, inspiring you to develop your own subject knowledge to promote outstanding teaching and learning in the secondary classroom. Get the right start to your future as a successful English teacher and share your passion with the classroom.

Course outline

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard.

We believe that experience is not enough - what is vital is to be able to unpick and reflect on experiences. You'll deconstruct classroom learning activities into their constituent parts, and then build them up again and implement them in the classrooms. Your personal tutor will meet with you throughout the year to discuss your progress, and your subject mentor will support your development at your placement.

Graduate destinations

We have a strong tradition of graduates becoming full time, fully-qualified English teachers throughout the UK. You'll be able to go straight into secondary school teaching, and depending on prior experience and skills, you may be able to apply for jobs contributing to drama and media courses.

Other admission requirements

English and Mathematics at GCSE level at Grade 'C' or above, or equivalent. If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy prior to registering for your course.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying. For competitive subjects such as English, PE we may not be able to select you without this experience.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this Programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: English page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in English Language or Literature is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2:1 honours degrees. We also consider applicants with degrees in related subjects such as Media, Film Studies and Drama if supported by strong A-levels in English and/or Literature. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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