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.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Degrees in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects will be considered.
Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of English / English Literature in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have an A-level in either English Language or English Literature at grade B or above.
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.
Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but would accept equivalency tests from these providers:
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).
Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview and share the relevant information.
The interview process will involve a personal interview with an academic member of staff. You will be also asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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)
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