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PGCE English

Course Description

As a core subject in the National Curriculum, English is at the forefront of educational progress. The subject underpins pupils’ success in other subjects and is a major element in national initiatives regarding literacy. The course aims to give trainee teachers the confidence and skills needed to become successful teachers of English who can support and develop pupils' creative response to language and literature. It provides a firm foundation in understanding the teaching and learning process which is essential for the development of excellent professional classroom skills and high teaching standards.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgce-english/

Key Facts

Trainees are introduced to a range of essential teaching skills such as lesson planning and preparation, questioning, explaining, marking pupils’ work, preparing resources, classroom management and control strategies in order to produce efficient, enthusiastic and creative teachers of English. I.C.T. provides opportunities to enhance delivery in the classroom and features as an important element of the course.

Trainees are expected to actively participate in the course; for example delivering micro lessons, creating resources, developing thinking skills and experimenting with new ideas for teaching English. The course is designed to prepare trainees to teach English in the National Curriculum at KS3, KS4 and post-16, including AS and A2 courses.

The study of literature forms an important part of the course and trainees are introduced to methods of teaching prose, poetry and drama and also explore methods of teaching non-fiction and basic skills. Preparing pupils for examinations at Key Stage 4 and A Level is a central feature of the course.

Those who elect to follow the course through the medium of Welsh attend Welsh-medium schools, additional seminars and weekends throughout the year. In addition to the main subject seminars, the PGCE course also prepares student teachers for cross-curricular themes and educational issues, including:

- Provision for pupils with additional learning needs
- Key skills
- Thinking skills
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- First Aid
- Child protection
- Health education
- English as an additional language
- Assessment
- Education for global citizenship and stustainable development
- Curriculum Cymreig


- Learning To Teach 1: Introduction To Teaching Skills ED37300
- Learning To Teach 2: Development Of Teaching Skills ED37400
- PGCE (secondary): Professional Studies EDM5700
- Learning To Teach 1: Introduction To Teaching Skills ED37340
- Learning To Teach 2: Development Of Teaching Skills ED37440
- PGCE (secondary): Professional Studies EDM5740

To apply for a PGCE Teacher Training course please use the UCAS Teacher Training site: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training

Applications open in the Autumn.

Visit the PGCE English page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for interview you will need a degree, at least 50% of which is English-related. We consider students with degrees in related subjects, for example, Media Studies. There will be gaps in subject knowledge for all trainees and the course is designed to address this issue. You will also need a grade B in Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent. The University offers tests in these subjects if you do not have these requirements.

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