As an English teacher today you will need more than a solid grounding in the study of literature. You will need to be aware of the ways in which children read a vast range of texts in a variety of media and to understand how speaking and listening skills are developed.
Whether it is helping someone to have the confidence to analyse more challenging texts, inspiring a budding writer or engaging communicator, or enabling your pupils to look beyond the surface and become increasingly knowledgeable and critical readers, your English teaching will leave a strong legacy.
Schools are seeking teachers with high levels of pedagogical competence and skill, as well as advanced subject knowledge for teaching as well as knowledge of the theories, policies and systems relevant to education.
The focus of your studies will be on the principles and methods of teaching and learning delivered through three core modules, together with compulsory, practical school-based teaching placements. Your progress will be assessed in both areas.
As part of your teacher education, you will be taught how to use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the curriculum for pupils from 11-16, including examination and vocational courses.
Your placement will typically take you into partner schools or other educational settings in and around London for at least 120 days in block placements in two or more different contexts working with a school-based mentor.
Links with schools across our partnership enable you to undertake placements that will equip you with the skills to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts. Brunel’s education department was highly praised for this partnership work in the 2015 Ofsted inspection – Ofsted graded Brunel’s Initial Teacher Education Partnerships as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.
As you progress through your own development and learning on the course, you will be encouraged to reflect critically and constructively on your own and others’ teaching practices in relation to a range of aspects including national and regional priorities and policies, and current research.
At the heart of the programme is the commitment to ensuring that your practice impacts positively on pupil progress over time, and partnership activities with schools will contribute to school improvement in which you will play a central part.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive both a postgraduate certificate in Education (PGCE) and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
School-based professional learning is a compulsory element of all programmes leading to a recommendation for QTS. The course involves the statutory requirement of at least 120 days of school experience in the form of block school placements undertaken in at least two different contexts.
School experience will take place as planned, but in case of further disruption students will be able to continue working with the school, for example, working with small groups in a social distanced environment and supporting with the planning of online teaching and associated resources.
We will work with DfE guidance in relation to any such advice about working with schools.
Our current partnership schools are mainly located in the West London area and adjoining Home Counties. We have developed close links with a number of very good schools over a number of years, and offer placements within carefully chosen schools that provide an appropriate professional learning experience. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the schools we work with is a distinctive aspect of our provision and we are equally proud of the diversity of our student teacher cohort, who reflect the communities in which many of them go on to work as teachers.
We also offer student teachers the opportunity to experience placements in alternative settings, which include special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), young offenders institutions. This further demonstrates our commitment to preparing teachers to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts.
You will be allocated a school-based mentor, selected for their experience and expertise, who is there to help you develop and learn while you are on placement. The importance of this person should not be underestimated. Teaching is a very challenging profession and with the help of your school-based mentor and your University tutor we aim to make sure that you have support every step of the way, encouraging reflection and development.
An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach, normally 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study.
Maths and English grade 4 and above (grades A* to C) or equivalent at GCSE level.
To further strengthen your application, we recommend that applicants have:
Modules within your degree course which should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for your subject area;
An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research;
An understanding of statutory requirements for your subject area within the state school sector;
An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your subject area
Recent and relevant experience of state school education in England;
The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English.
We ensure that all student teachers have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks, including a check against of the children’s barred list.
We undertake our responsibility to ensure that the student teachers are not, therefore, disqualified from childcare or that the student teacher has obtained a childcare disqualification waiver from Ofsted.
UK/EU students full-time: £6,170 (Schools Direct); £9,250 (Core)
(Note: European fees TBC shortly)
International students: £16,335 full-time
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Financial support from the training provider
Brunel offers the following Postgraduate Scholarships, prizes and further fee reductions:
Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship – 15% tuition fee discount, plus additional 15% if a Brunel Graduate. No application is required. Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer
PGCE Access Scholarship - £2,500 with no application required. Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer.
Ranked 2nd in London (Guardian League Table 2020) and an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Education (Ofsted, 2015).
Education at Brunel offers an unrivalled experience for developing education professional or for your education training.
We are one of the longest established Education departments in the country and leading research centre for work in supportive education. We regularly receive high ratings from the UK’s leading benchmarks such as Ofsted.
All our education courses have been developed in collaboration with partnership schools and the requirements of the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). This ensures the highest possible quality of provision and relevance in national and school-level priorities in Education.
You’ll learn in lectures, seminars, and workshops and by modelling classroom practice. Teaching will be a blend of on campus (subject to social distancing restrictions) and online delivery. The latter will include interactive, face-to-face sessions and pre-recorded sessions, supported with access to a range of learning resources. We invite guest speakers to contribute to the taught sessions and arrange school visits, for example, to pupil referral units and special schools.
A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high-quality Initial Teacher Education. You’ll benefit from our partnerships with educational institutions and local schools. Many of our students go on to work in our partner schools and many more are employed in schools where they undertook a placement.
If your UCAS application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. Whilst COVID-19 restrictions remain, the interview will take place online (for example, via the Zoom platform). The interview process will normally include a subject knowledge task, a written communication task, a mini-lesson and a formal interview. These are led by members of the Initial Teacher Education team at Brunel.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our campus and facilities are recognised as some of the best in the country for disabled students.
We offer advice and support to disabled students, including those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions, Asperger syndrome, mobility and sensory impairments and unseen disabilities such as epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis and sickle cell anaemia.
Our disability advisers will help make you access the support or specialist equipment you need to make the most of your studies.
We arrange support individually with each students and the service is confidential. We only use your details, with your consent, to help you get the best support.
Assistive Technology Centre - this provides software and hardware to support disabled students. It also runs a loan scheme of key equipment such as digital recorders and assistive listening devices. www.brunel.ac.uk/assistive-technology
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