This secondary teacher training course leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It prepares and equips you to teach your subject in secondary schools and post-16 colleges. School and university training is integrated throughout the course and University of York and the Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance work closely together to identify your individual capabilities and needs and to enable you to make progress in your development as a teacher.
This PGCE course comprises of 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at level 6 plus the recommendation for the award of QTS.
On the course you enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills, learn how to teach your subject, learn about the wider role of teachers in school, gain knowledge about schools and the education system, apply your skills and knowledge on school placements, gain experience of working alongside other professionals who support the care and development of individual pupils in schools.
We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach your subject.
This course begins in early September and finishes the end of June in the following year. The PTSA offer places in English through the unsalaried route.
University of York
This course prepares trainees to become effective, creative and reflective teachers of English. Sessions at university are taught by tutors with recent and current school experience; they are of a highly practical and interactive nature. All sessions are tracked against the Teachers' Standards and linked where appropriate to the National Curriculum for English and/or examination requirements at GCSE and A-Level.
The course integrates theory and practice both on school placements and in university sessions. Trainees learn how to apply their existing subject knowledge to secondary English classrooms in addition to developing their subject knowledge further, familiarising themselves with requirements of A-Level English Literature and A-Level English Language as well as Drama and Media. Key issues such as behaviour management, differentiation and assessment are threaded through the programme.
Applications are welcomed from those with at least 50% English (Literature/Language or a combination) in their undergraduate degree. We welcome applications from all people, whatever their background, who possess a good academic profile, have experience of working with young people, particularly in classroom contexts and who have a strong interest in education.