University of East London 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
https://www.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training

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About the course

This course leads to the award of PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11 to 16 age range, which qualifies you to be a teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. Where possible, we also give you the chance to gain experience in the 11 to 18 age range.

English is at the heart of education in the 21st century as a core subject in the curriculum. Its content and practice is sharpened further by an increasing awareness of the importance of language in relation to learning and the role of communication in an advanced technological society.

Our constant focus throughout the course will be on the learners and their needs.

There are three elements to secondary training with us: subject studies, general professional studies and school-based training. It differs from courses offered by other universities in that it is very much subject-based.

School placements

We work within a very large partnership of schools across London and also Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey. You will be teaching all year groups in the 11-16 age range but we do provide 16-18 experience as well in many school placements. You will experience two, twelve week placements in two complementary schools. You will be supported in these schools by a school based mentor as well as your UEL tutor.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A minimum 2:2 degree or higher (although we will consider lower classifications from candidates with subject relevant alternative experiences);
  • GCSE English Grade C/ Level 4 (or higher) or the equivalent of;
  • GCSE Maths Grade C/ Level 4 (or higher) or the equivalent of.

Personal qualities

  • Good interpersonal skills with young people and/or adults;
  • Evidence of ability to respond to a challenge and overcome setbacks;
  • Resilience and commitment;
  • Evidence of knowledge of wider education issues and the ability to express and justify opinions and to consider those of others.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,100

About the training provider

The University of East London is an experienced and successful initial teacher training (ITT) and education provider. Courses are taught and supported by exceptional and dynamic staff, all of whom foster creativity, collaboration, innovation and student engagement at the heart of what they offer. We value the link between the academic and the practice, and this will form a significant part of the ITT programme you undertake.

We offer PGCE routes into teaching as well as School Direct Salaried and Non Salaried, and the Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship. We also have two undergraduate courses to consider that lead to QTS - BA Primary Education and BSc Computer Science and Education.

Our end of programme survey outcomes, suggest that over 95% of our teacher trainees rate the quality of their training through UEL as good or higher. Employability is also excellent with most subjects, phases and routes achieving 95-100% employment each year.

UEL is an inclusive university and our teacher training programmes are highly diverse and multicultural. We are very proud of our trainee teachers, new and old, and what they have gone on to achieve in our schools. We are especially proud of the community we serve and how we take people from the local community who then go back into this community to teach - over 50% of our trainees find jobs within our partner schools each year.

We look forward to welcoming you to UEL and the School of Education and Communities.

Interview process

You will be interviewed at UEL by the Biology ITT course tutor, and where possible, a practising teacher from one of our partner schools. The interview will involve two tests - one that focuses on your literacy expertise and one that considers you subject knowledge. These tests are not pass/ fail in design, but simply enable us to ascertain the best ways of supporting these areas as you hopefully progress onto the programme. You are also asked to prepare a lesson plan for Year 7 pupils, which you will present during the interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applications from students with disabilities or other specific needs are welcomed. Initial teacher training programmes are based at our Stratford campus, which is fully accessible to all. UEL operates a very clear inclusivity policy. As a large provider of ITT, we have access to various support mechanisms for students who need this or would benefit from this additional support.

Contact this training provider

Email
study@uel.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8223 3333
Website
https://www.uel.ac.uk/teacher-training
Address
School of Education and Communities
Water Lane
Stratford
London
E15 4LZ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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