The PGCE English course is an exciting teacher training route for those who are passionate about developing pupils’ enthusiasm and understanding of English.
You will be trained by leading practitioners in the area who will support your emergence as a highly effective, research-engaged teacher. The course is designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality creative lessons.
You will develop practical skills that form an important part of teaching the subject. You will also develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in English. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with English for 11-16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations.
The PGCE course consists of three modules designed to support the award of the PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.
Module 1 Professional Practice
This combines theory and practice in developing your subject knowledge and pedagogical skills and understanding. You will be immersed in professional studies sessions enabling you to develop holistically as a teacher.
Module 2 Reflective Teacher (Masters level)
This module aims to develop your theoretical understanding of what it is to be a teacher as well as your practical skills as a reflective practitioner. This will help you to critically analyse your own teaching and grow as a teacher.
Module 3 Policy, Practice and Professionalism (Masters level)
This module aims to develop your understanding of teaching as a research-informed profession and how policy and practice impact upon each other.
The PGCE course is organised in two strands: subject days and three blocks of school experience days.
You will spend subject study days at the university taught by leading practitioners in English who are effective, research-engaged teachers. The three blocks of school experience days, spread through autumn, spring and summer terms, will be spent in schools developing practical teaching skills with the support of experienced English mentors and teachers.
We will deliver sessions and prepare you for interviews for teaching positions in collaboration with key colleagues from partner schools.
Assessment is based on practice in schools and by written assignments on our Level 7.
Following successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Education leading to Qualified Teacher Status and gain 60 credits of postgraduate study. These credits can be
imported into our Masters of Research course taught at the university.