The secondary PGCE (QTS) programme with QTS is comprised of three modules.
- Subject Studies (English)
- Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
- School Experience
This programme offers a balance of theory and practice giving a thorough grounding in all aspects of the teaching of English. You will learn how to make use of a wide range of teaching approaches through practical workshop sessions and seminars and through direct involvement with English departments in culturally diverse secondary schools. By the time you are awarded QTS, you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a responsible professional who can make positive and informed contributions to education both in the classroom and beyond.
As well as a focus on your specialist subject, in the SPIRE module, you will be asked to consider the wider issues that impact the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In this module, you will consider a range of issues relating to education, engage with relevant research and identify how all of this informs practice in the classroom.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school. Divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. You will also spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University, with a mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which prepares you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience. This course will include aspects such as behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs.
The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with 60 master’s level credits, equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.