This is a full-time programme over one academic year. Successful completion of the programme results in a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), worth 60 credits towards a Master’s qualification, as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The programme is designed to help you become a critically reflective, creative and effective English teacher.
Time in university is divided equally between the Professional Studies (PS) and Subject Study modules. In Professional Studies, students work together with others from a range of subjects. The module develops student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of professional behaviours and expectations, statutory requirements and the broader role of the teacher in the secondary context. These themes and concepts are further developed and contextualised in the Subject Study modules, which you will learn to relate to the teaching of your own subject.
English subject study modules cover the essential knowledge and key concepts that underpin teaching and learning in English. You will develop and apply your understanding of subject- specific pedagogy and practice. In module one, you will learn about the statutory frameworks which influence the teaching of English and consider your own values and beliefs about the subject. Time is spent studying core concepts of reading, writing, speaking and listening, including in the specific contexts of studying literature (novels and poetry). The module is designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge that you will need for your first placement experience.
The second module consolidates and further develops subject specific knowledge and practice in the light of the first placement experience. It focuses on additional aspects such as Shakespeare, knowledge about language and grammar and reading for pleasure.
Assessment of the PGCE is through three M level assignments, two of which are subject specific and one PS. There is also a number of formative tasks and activities carried out through the course of the programme.
The course is run by a team of experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic tutors, all of whom have taught in secondary schools. This is a programme for people who aspire to become inspirational secondary teachers, committed to supporting the learning of all pupils in their classes, who can use the latest research and theory throughout their careers.