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.