University of Chichester English (Q3X1)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

School placements

Three quarters of time on the programme is spent in school. Students complete two placements in contrasting schools, to gain as wide an experience of teaching as possible in preparation for a career in education.

During the course of the year, you will spend 24 weeks in school. These school experience placements are chosen by the tutors who you will be working with most closely as they are best placed to know your strengths and development needs. The placements are carefully chosen to give you a varied and broad experience of teaching in school.

While in school you will be supported by a school-based mentor who is a specialist in teaching your own subject and who has been trained for the role. You will have the opportunity to learn from a range of expert colleagues, and to observe good practice as well as planning and teaching your own lessons. You will have a gradual introduction to teaching, but there is flexibility over how quickly you take on your full teaching load in each school, to allow more confident and experienced students to start teaching sooner.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

Your personal statement is important. It should demonstrate that you have an understanding of the profession which you are entering.

Other requirements

All successful applicants who accept a place with the University will be subject to an enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service as well as an occupational health check to establish fitness to practice.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

  • We offer high-quality training and experience that will prepare you to become a confident and effective teacher
  • Much of your training will be practical, school-based experiences
  • You’re supported throughout your school-based learning by experienced mentor teachers and university tutors
  • You’ll gain a respected professional qualification in a career of major importance
  • You’ll learn how to use research to improve your teaching skills
  • Our courses have varied content, including: lectures, seminars, presentations, group tasks, mini-research projects and assessments
  • You’ll develop a range of communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will be invaluable in a teaching career and beyond
  • Political and public policy announcements are built into the curriculum, so you will be up to date on contemporary teaching issues.

Interview process

Applicants are invited to interview at the Bognor Regis campus. They will participate in group discussion when possible, and an individual interview which also includes a reading task which you will be asked to prepared for pre-interview. Applicants will also be required to complete numeracy and literacy tasks.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Chichester has an outstanding reputation for student satisfaction and retention and one of the key underlying factors is the excellence of our support services.

Our aim is to support your experience as a student by listening, advising and offering a range of professional services.

As a student you could benefit from specific types of support, for example, sorting out your finances, managing a disability, looking after your health, getting through a tough period, planning your future or a host of other needs and combinations of needs.

We have teams of highly qualified specialists to support all students whatever the need and with an exceptional ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ) providing a friendly and accessible first point of call.

For more information about specific services see:

For students with specific needs, the university can work with those individuals and our partner schools to ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place to ensure success while on placement.

Contact this training provider

01243 816002
Bognor Regis Campus
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 1HR

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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