University of Bristol
English (Q3X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/students/ite/

Contents

About the course

We are keen to develop your understanding of English as a creative, arts-based subject. Along with research-based teaching, we use practical classroom strategies from the outset - a real ‘hands-on’ approach. Together with your colleagues on the course, you will:

  • examine the power and potential of literature, language and multimodal texts.
  • secure an understanding of literacy, how and why children learn to speak, listen, read and write.
  • learn strategies and methods to enable pupils to understand a broad range of oral and textual forms of language and media.
  • be prepared to implement the National Curriculum for English and the relevant exam specifications for GCSE and A-Level.
  • be encouraged to build your confidence in drama methods and technology-enhanced education.

By the end of the programme, you’ll have become an innovative and flexible teacher who can enable pupils to enjoy their learning and make progress.

The university-based programme includes a broad range of activities, from working with professional Shakespearean actors to creative writing workshops in local places of interest to exploring innovative uses of technology in the classroom. You are then encouraged to apply what you learn in your classrooms whilst on placement!

While both the English tutors lead university-based sessions (sometimes co-teaching), you will work especially closely with one tutor, which enables close supervision of your needs: you will have at least four tutorials with her (e.g. for advice on subject knowledge development) and she will visit you in school to observe you teaching; she is always on hand for advice and support. You will also be well-supported by your mentor in school. Former PGCE student teachers have rated the English tutors and mentors extremely highly.

Assessment is through four assignments spread evenly through the year. These are research-based, and you are encouraged to follow your own interests and areas of expertise. Two are on Educational and Professional Studies themes; two are on an English theme. Full tutorial support is provided. Other English tasks include writing a book review of a young adult/teen novel and contributing some of your own writing to a course anthology.

To develop you as a reflective and reflexive practitioner, you will keep a Weekly Reflection to enable you to reflect on your progress throughout the year, which could be in the form of a blog.

Interview process

If the potential to be a good English teacher is evident in your application, we will invite you for a half day interview session at the University or to an online interview. Interviews take place every 3-4 weeks and in line with our commitment to collaborative learning, for face to face interviews, we typically invite up to 10 applicants at any one time. You will be interviewed by one of the University English tutors and, where possible, a teacher mentor from a local school.

The English interview includes a discussion about the role of the English teacher that draws on your school experience, a pair-task assessing a piece of student’s work, a time written commentary on an unseen poem and an individual interview. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to find out more about the course and ask questions.

How school placements work

Our stable and well-established Partnership comprises approximately 65 schools. Some are in the City of Bristol itself, and others are within a day’s commute of Bristol (up to one hour travelling) - in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset as well as a small number in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. We work with some schools in South Wales. The Partnership comprises a diverse range of schools and we are therefore able to offer opportunities to experience different contexts across the year including schools with high numbers of BAME and/or EAL pupils. Where appropriate, we are also able to offer experience in a special school.

You will be placed in a minimum of two schools and when making placement decisions we consider where you live as well as doing our best to accommodate personal circumstances. We know our Partnership schools well, however, and our priority is to place you in schools where your needs will be met, where you will be well-supported and where you can thrive. Most student teachers are required to travel for at least one placement, and we offer some assistance with the cost of travel where appropriate.

Our programme comprises three distinct phases. In the Induction Phase (Autumn Term), you complete a short teaching placement. During the Assimilation Phase (Spring Term) you will complete your main placement in a second school. In the Summer Term, you will complete a final, short placement as part of the Extension Phase. Typically, this is in the main placement school, but may involve gaining additional experiences in other schools, such as teaching pupils with EAL, Key Stage 5 teaching or experience in a special school. Whilst most of our Partnership schools teach pupils 11-18, some teach 11-16 or 16-19. Therefore, a priority when selecting placement schools is to ensure that everyone has experience across the age ranges including post-16.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID 19 pandemic, we may make changes to the placement structure of the PGCE. This is to ensure that our student teachers are able to carry out their placements safely.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,100

Fees for EU students are £20,100

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a bursary. Visit the ‘Get into teaching’ website to find out more:

Bursaries and Scholarships

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study - note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

In addition to teacher-training bursaries, the University of Bristol offers a small contribution to travel expenses during placements.

We have a dedicated department who can offer support and guidance on finances throughout your training year. Further information on additional sources of financial support can be found here: Financial support

Requirements

Qualifications

The majority of students have a minimum of a 2.1 degree in English or a related subject. However, we also consider you if you have a good English A level, a degree in another area such as History, Philosophy, Media and Ancient or Modern Languages, and can demonstrate a knowledge and expertise in aspects of English covered in the National Curriculum. Some candidates are offered a place conditional on their completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English must be in place for the start of the course.

Personal qualities

We look for applicants with passion who want to inspire the next generation. The PGCE is demanding but we’ll support and guide you to become an excellent qualified teacher.

As our aim is for you to thrive and become a confident and successful teacher; we look for:

  • good subject skills
  • good understanding of the secondary curriculum
  • awareness of current effective teaching and learning in your subject
  • interest and awareness of what working with young people involves
  • commitment to the state sector
  • communication skills
  • critical analysis
  • good organisation
  • reflection
  • resilience

Other requirements

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child workforce, as well as clearance by our Occupational Health department.

If there are any concerns with either of the above, applicants will be referred to the University’s suitability panel.

About the training provider

Our Partnership offers subject-specialist training in 8 secondary subjects. We are currently rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and our programme was ranked in the Top 5 of the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. As a designated 11-19 provider you are guaranteed training and direct experience of A level/BTEC teaching as part of your programme. We also offer comprehensive training in generic elements such as behaviour management, pastoral care and working with pupils with SEND.

Throughout the year, you will be supported by a subject specialist university tutor, as well as dedicated mentors in Partnership schools. The support that we offer is highly praised by our student teachers, and in the last two years, 99% of student teachers rated the quality of their training with us as either good or very good.

You are also able to take advantage of being part of a research-intensive university which offers the opportunity to benefit from cutting edge research in areas such as neuroscience and education. As part of the University’s Green Apple Project, we encourage our student teachers to focus on ‘sustainable education’ for the future.

Typically, over 50% of those qualifying with us choose to remain in the Bristol area and many have successfully secured teaching posts within our partnership schools by the end of the PGCE year. Our student teachers often progress quickly in their careers, taking on roles such as subject leader and head of year. A number have gone beyond this, joining senior leadership teams.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs and, within the context of University of Bristol support structures, we make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the programme is accessible to all. When a specific need is declared, offer holders are assessed by the University’s Occupational Health department and recommended to liaise with our Disability Service to ensure a Learning Support Plan can be put in place.

Many lectures are audio-recorded and are made available via our VLE. When possible, lecture slides and handouts are made available to the whole cohort at least 24 hours in advance of the session. All University buildings are accessible including ramp/lift access. In cases where student teachers are required to move around the University campus to attend lectures, provision is made to support them, as appropriate. The University works closely with placement schools to ensure that needs are met whilst on teaching practice. For example, a student teacher with hearing disabilities was placed in a school that could provide carpeted classrooms.

The University has a comprehensive support structure to support students with a wide range of medical conditions, including mental health. This includes support from the University Tutor, the Senior Tutor and Programme Director, Professional Services staff as well as department-based Student Welfare Advisors. If appropriate, student teachers can be referred to the University’s specialist Counselling Service or Occupational Health team. Further information on student wellbeing can be found here:
Student health and wellbeing

Contact details

Email
pgce-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
Telephone
0117 3314492
Website
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/students/ite/
Address
University of Bristol
School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
Bristol
Bristol
BS8 1JA

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