PGCE Secondary (English) will train you to teach secondary English in the UK across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range, including the National Curriculum, GCSE and A-level.
It also includes drama, media and information and communication technology.
Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).
University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching methods and are taught by tutors with expertise in teaching in schools and colleges and examining KS4/GCSE and AS/A-level English.
We will help you to transform your subject knowledge into teaching skills and educational theory into practice.
We also use the expertise of experienced teachers from our partnership schools to complement the teaching of University-based sessions.
This includes sessions led by subject mentors, who will help you develop your subject knowledge and provide advice about teaching methods.
The course is a partnership between the University and schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.
As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study.
We maintain close contact with our partnership establishments at every stage of the programme. These include:
11-18 and 11-16 comprehensive and independent schools
further education colleges
specialist schools (e.g technology colleges, arts colleges).
As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.
Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets. During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas:
differentiation and assessment
wider professional responsibilities.
The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction with your University tutor. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher.
2:2 honours degree or above in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects. Applicants with non-English degrees must have a B in English Language or English Literature at A-level and will be required to attend a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course..
Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.
Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.
By choosing a PGCE with us, you’ll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:
Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
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