University of Leicester English (K747)

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

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.le.ac.uk/pgce

Contents

Course summary

Through taught sessions at the university and in-school placements, you will learn how to develop young people’s literacy at all levels of attainment. Our programme covers all areas of the National Curriculum for English, from Key Stage 3 to ‘A’ level. For students with interests and/or experience in associated subjects, we also offer opportunities to develop teaching of Media Studies, Film Studies and Drama.

One distinctive feature of the Leicester course is our focus on the English teacher as a continuing student of the subject: an expert who remains engaged in a lifetime of learning about literature and language.

We want you to:

  • learn from examples of effective practice and integrate them into your own teaching;
  • engage in peer support, helping each other to develop subject knowledge and classroom expertise;
  • set high expectations for yourself and your students;
  • develop an understanding of your professional roles within a department and whole school team;
  • reflect critically on the curriculum and be inspired by the dynamic nature of our subject;
  • view the PGCE course as the beginning of your CPD.

Students can progress to our PGCE in English from a range of previous degrees. Most hold a 2:1 or above in English literature and/or language; some have academically-based Media or Film Studies qualifications. Candidates from other essay-based backgrounds may also be considered, particularly if they have a strong ‘A’ level (or equivalent) in English Language, English Literature or Lang/Lit.

If English is not your main degree subject, any offer we make will typically be conditional on successful completion of an appropriate Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. We therefore advise any such candidates to apply as early as possible, so that the SKE can be completed before the start of the PGCE in September.

If you are uncertain about the potential acceptability of your degree subject or classification, we strongly recommend you send us an initial enquiry email before you apply.

Both in the personal statement and at interview, all candidates must demonstrate knowledge of, interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

School placements

You will undertake two secondary teaching practicums in our Partnership Schools. Leicester is ideally placed to offer the opportunity to work in both inner city and rural environments, with pupils from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year and that you have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 age range.

The placements are referred to as ‘Phase A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements.

Phase A

In planning your placements, your subject tutor will try to balance the distance you are asked to travel with your individual needs and our knowledge of our wide range of school partners.

After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor (co-tutor) who will oversee your professional development during the placement and liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% teaching timetable.

Phase B

During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% teaching timetable.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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.

We accept equivalency tests from EquivalencyTesting.com or A Star Equivalency.

Personal qualities

We strongly encourage all prospective students to spend time observing, and possibly assisting, learners and teachers in secondary English classrooms in order to familiarise themselves with current developments. We welcome applicants who have creative writing, drama, performance and media production skills which they wish to develop further for use in the classroom.

The PGCE is a challenging course, and we are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching. These skills include the ability to form relationships, good communication, commitment to learning and teaching and reflective qualities.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.

All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

If you have lived abroad for over three months or more in the past five years you may be required to complete an Overseas Police Check. We will provide further information should you be offered a place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £17,500

PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a [tax-free bursary] - (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)

Please note that International students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the [Get into Teaching website] - (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)

Financial support from the training provider

The University of Leicester offer a range of scholarships and funding. Please visit our [website to find out more]: (https://le.ac.uk/study/postgraduates/fees-funding/scholarships-discounts)

About the training provider

The School of Education has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing graduate teachers prized by schools.

The School of Education is located in the heart of Leicester, identified in recent research as one of the most affordable study destinations in Britain. We are within five minutes’ walk of both the railway station and the main University of Leicester campus with its student support services and award-winning library.

The School of Education works in partnership with over 150 local schools. They represent an unusually varied and interesting range of institutions, including rural village schools, suburban and inner city schools and academies, and special schools. Many of the schools have a diverse, multi-ethnic population. Training to teach here provides the solid foundations to teach in a range of different contexts.

We are also a proactive partner with individual schools and alliances who offer the University of Leicester PGCE via the School Direct and SCITT training routes. Our close and collaborative relationship with partner schools ensures that, whichever training route they choose, University of Leicester PGCE students benefit from the same wide-ranging but consistently high quality experiences.

Interview process

Candidates who pass the screening stage of the recruitment process will be invited to attend an interview at the University of Leicester. If you are a school direct applicant you will also be invited to an interview at the lead school. The interview at the University of Leicester will typically last a full day and will include a tour of the School of Education.

You will be introduced to a written subject task that you will complete on the day. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching. During the interview, you will explore any additional preparation needed to help put you in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.

Where Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available for the subject this will be discussed with you at interview. If it is considered essential for you to complete a SKE then it will be made a condition of any offer of a place.

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 School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor will contact all students who declare a disability and offer advice about the support which they may be entitled. We ask students to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.

These requests, with students’ permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all student needs.

Students can contact the School of Education’s AccessAbility Tutor and the University’s AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.

Some examples of how we support students with disabilities include:

  • Accessible school placements provided for students with a physical disability.

  • Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of students with mental health difficulties.

  • Slide presentations and resources are made available to all students at least 24 hours before a session takes place.

  • The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE students who are on placement and unable to attend during the day.

  • Disabled parking permits are provided to enable students with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings.

  • A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with students with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.

Contact this training provider

Email
EdEnquiries@le.ac.uk
Telephone
0116 252 3676
Website
http://www.le.ac.uk/pgce
Address
21 University Road
Leicester
United Kingdom
LE1 7RF

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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