The PGCE English course is a rewarding 36 week training programme which helps you to develop the skills and knowledge to succeed as a teacher of English.
English as a classroom subject is diverse and challenging. We and our school partners have high expectations of our trainees and work together to provide the support and focus to help them succeed in the classroom. This is an interesting and exciting time for English as a classroom subject. We will give you opportunities to really develop your skills and become part of a dynamic and important profession.
The PGCE English course provides real opportunities for students to build and develop the skills and knowledge required to become a successful teacher of English. Working closely with our partner schools, the programme has been devised so as to support and extend our trainees in their university work and their school practice.
If you are a successful applicant, you will explore key aspects of and approaches to the teaching of English. Support will be provided in developing key aspects of subject knowledge, as well as trainees’ understanding of how to construct, prepare and assess purposeful English lessons. Provision is built in so as to ground trainees’ practice in theoretical, pedagogical and professional approaches and expectations.
The course also provides several enhancement opportunities. These include our Literacy Day event, which gives trainees the chance to present their work alongside school colleagues, advisors and literacy experts such as David Crystal, who was our keynote speaker for 2013. Other opportunities come by way of, for example, writing columns for local papers, providing peer support for students across all PGCE subjects in literacy and receiving specific training in key approaches.
Providing our trainees with the confidence and tools with which to explore their own practice and make informed decisions about teaching and learning is central to our approach. We encourage and support our trainees in developing their exploration of their own practice as teachers of English.
Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Level 6 – English only. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum (Level 6 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Level 6 and 7 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement (Level 6 - Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. and Level 7 – Post-graduate Cert.Ed.. Both English only)
Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 – English or Welsh/bilingual. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
Professional Teaching Experience
Trainees will spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges located across the South Wales region from Pembrokeshire to Monmouthshire. On both these placements, an experienced teacher will act as mentor and will keep in close contact with university tutors to ensure the smooth development of the trainee’s teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.
The programme involves four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.
You will be expected to hold a good honours degree (2:2minimum) and be a graduat of a university, polytechnic or college of higher education approved by the University of Wales. If you wish to teach in Secondary schools then your degree should be closely linked to the subject that you wish to teach.
For the September 2015 entry all PGCE applicants in Wales will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.
If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.
What are GCSE Equivalency Tests?
Successful completion of a GCSE equivalency test will enable you to proceed on to a PGCE course if you do not hold a GCSE B grade in English or Maths, the test is only available to students that have gained a grade C at GCSE level.
If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you successfully complete your equivalency test and you accept your place to study with SWWCTE then you can start your PGCE programme as planned.
Will I get any support before the test?
Yes. You are required to attend a one day workshop which is designed to help prepare you for the test with face-to-face support. On the day of your test you will also attend a half day workshop in the morning. In addition to our face-to-face workshops, we recommend that you consult one or more of the following revision resources:
BBC Bitesize (Welsh)
BBC Bitesize (English) http://www.conquermaths.com
GCSE Mathematics Revision Video (Welsh) by Gareth Evans, Ysgol y Creuddyn available on http://www.hwb.wales.gov.uk
GCSE Mathematics Revision booklets (available in Welsh and English) from bookshops, Amazon and WJEC (http://www.wjec.co.uk
BBC Bitesize (English) http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise
To undertake one of our PGCE Secondary courses, you will require: • a good degree (usually a 2.2 or better) where at least 50% of the modules relate to the curriculum subject • at least a B grade (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Mathematics • at least a C grade in GCSE Welsh if you intend to study through the medium of Welsh. The University is offering free equivalency tests in both Maths and English to all 2015 applicants who satisfy the other entry requirements for their course.