The PGCE English (M) and (H) level courses aim to prepare you to meet QTS Standards fully and to learn to teach the 11 - 19 English/Media curriculum with confidence, authority and enthusiasm. The course will ensure that, as a creative teacher, you can facilitate your own students' development as fully literate young adults who can understand, engage with and create a multiplicity of texts both within and beyond the classroom.
You will have taught sessions and in-school mentoring from some of the best practitioners in the field and learn how to become an effective practitioner yourself. The programme will cover all areas of the National Curriculum for English and also address preparation for public examinations across the 16 -19 age range and KS3 school-based assessments.
The course has a number of distinctive features. You will gain experience of writing poetry and composing a writing portfolio of a wide range of other texts in collaboration with others. You will take part in practical drama workshops and learn about teaching many aspects of Media and Film Studies.
We want you to:
- reflect critically on the English/Media curriculum and be inspired by the dynamic nature of your subject;
- learn from examples of best practice and become effective practitioners yourselves;
- be well supported by both university and school tutors and support each other in the development of subject knowledge and classroom expertise;
- set high expectations for yourselves and your students;
- develop an understanding of your professional roles within a department and whole school team; and
- view the PGCE course as the beginning of your CPD.
Applications are welcome from students with good/very good qualifications in their English qualifications at GCSE and AS/A level (or equivalent) and at honours degree level. Those students with joint or combined honours degrees in which English is a major subject are also welcome to apply.
Students with degrees in a range of academic backgrounds including American Studies, Classical Studies, History and Law have also made successful applications previously. Applicants are required to have an A level English Language or Literature or Lang/Lit (or equivalent) and to demonstrate a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for English at interview.
Applicants without English as a major subject would be expected to undertake essential background reading before the start of the course and may need to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting.