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Primary English Postgraduate Certificate PGCert

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary English is an innovative and flexible course that caters to the needs of teachers in primary schools and to the development needs of the schools that they work in.

The programme comprises of two modules that must be studied successively. The first module builds excellence in individual practice as a primary teacher of English. The second module builds the skills needed to lead and develop the subject across the whole school. A key element of the modules is the provision for ‘shared enquiry’, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches and strategies for teaching English in a primary context.

Course content

This programme is designed for professionals who want to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching primary English. It consists of two modules ‘Developing Primary English’ and ‘Leading Primary English’. The first of these focuses on individual classroom practice, the second on leading the subject on a whole school level. Within each of these modules the focus is on developing concrete strategies grounded in an understanding of theory and research in this area.

The course is taught through a series of lectures, online seminars and workshops with additional small group and individual tutorials being provided for all students. These are held on two residential weekends during the academic year. The costs for the residential weekends are covered by the course fees. Students are also given continual online support throughout the year.

Teaching ranges from lecture style sessions to workshops and small groups. This enables you to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, you will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities hosted by the Faculty of Education and Humanities.

All modules are taught by members of the university’s academic staff, all of whom are active as researchers and involved in publication and continuing professional development. The course also makes use of visiting lecturers from other academic institutions from within the UK and further afield. The underpinning delivery principle of our teaching is that we seek to demonstrate the ongoing links between theory and practice: we offer all our course members the chance to engage in rich dialogue and critical reflection on work-based issues, concerns and developments.

Course modules (16/17)

-Developing Primary English
-Leading Primary English

Methods of Learning

Online with two residential weekends. There will be approximately 12 hours teaching over each weekend.


Module 1 (2016-17) Residential weekends 5th and 6th November 2016, 4th and 5th March 2017 (TBC) plus up to 6 twilight sessions held via webinar Module 2 (2016-17) Residential weekends 1st and 2nd October 2016, 21st -and 22nd January 2017 (TBC) plus up to 6 twilight sessions held via webinar.


Two written tasks in each module based on linking classroom experience in the candidate’s own school with theory and research.

Facilities and Special Features

Students on this course can benefit from:
-Residential weekends.
-Continual online support.
-Shared enquiry with fellow teachers.
-Two modules carrying 30 M level credits.
-Assessment tasks based on linking your own classroom with theory and research.


Students undertaking this course will leave being experts in the field of primary English, therefore enabling them to lead this subject successfully in a primary setting.

Visit the Primary English Postgraduate Certificate PGCert page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All participants must be practising teachers in a primary setting.

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