The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of English.
The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers for the full secondary age phase (11-18). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in two key stages, normally KS3 and KS4. In the first half of the Autumn term, some trainees may seek to change this to Key Stage 4 and post-16; this will be subject to discussion with the programme leader.
The PGCE Secondary Education English programme, English is creative, active and practical, allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research.
You will be supported to create an inclusive, energetic, exciting classroom environment which will appeal to a range of preferred learning styles and draw on a range of resources.
The PGCE Secondary Education English course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.
For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.
Learning and Teaching
You will be supported in university workshops to learn how to teach English through a variety of strategies including:
- Contributing to paired, small group and whole class activities
- Observing and analysing the teaching methods modelled by your course tutors
- Engaging in creative writing, drama and film making sessions
- Participating in peer-led, subject knowledge development seminars on topics as diverse as: madness and fools in Shakespeare's tragedies, the use of the expanded noun phrase in contemporary texts, multicultural fiction written for a teenage audience, reading film.
- Reading and discussing relevant educational theory and subject related research into, for example, how to support the development of reluctant or struggling writers.
The Department of Education provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. The department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities
We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx