University of Sussex English and Media (38PP)

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite

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Course summary

The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE English and Media course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme. Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.

On this unique course you will have the opportunity to train to teach both English and Media Studies.

In English, at the heart of the course, is a belief in the importance of enabling pupils to become independent, critical readers who love reading and talking about texts with teachers and peers. You will deepen your own grammatical understanding and that of your pupils, enabling them to become creative, effective writers. Exploratory talk about texts is also central to developing pupils’ talk and writing, combined with rich, textual models.

At the centre of contemporary culture the study of the media enriches young peoples understanding of their place in the world and is essential for their active participation in society as critical consumers. The course offers a strong grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of school based media study developing your practical skills using industry standard hardware and software. There are opportunities to develop your own understanding of key media debates and pedagogy whilst developing your own classroom practice.

The Sussex course brings together education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching. Excellent teachers from our partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.

You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.

You will spend Monday to Thursday each week training in a partnership school and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors.

Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.

Further course information http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/mediaenglish

English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/ske/english

School placements

You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools or colleges over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Key Stage 4 (14-16) and Key Stage 5 (16-18).

Placement 1: End of September to February halfterm. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays. This ensures a weekly focus on theory and pedagogy as well as practice.

Placement 2: February Halfterm to May halfterm in a contrasting school. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.

Our longstanding and historic partnership with around 300 schools across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London Fringes helps us secure placements where our trainees will thrive and be well exceptionally supported. We invest a lot of time in carefully arranging the most appropriate school for each individual in our cohorts.
Your Sussex tutor will personally select your two school placements based on a combination of factors; the practicalities such as living location and transport needs but also on personality, subject knowledge level and previous experiences and using our in depth knowledge of the features of schools within our partnership.

SEND Placement We are also proud to offer an innovative optional training strand in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) which includes enhanced training opportunities and a bespoke Placement 2 in a local partnership special school. This strand would suit any trainee interested in working in a SEND environment.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

A joint honours undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in English and Media or an English degree with at least 30% Media and a Media A level.

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.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification

Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered Equivalency tests will be accepted in English or maths.

Candidates will need to be able to source and pay for their own equivalency test. We accept online tests offered by Birmingham City University, A Star, and Equivalency testing.com We strongly advise those in need of an equivalency test to make arrangements to study for and book a test as soon as you accept your place on the course. Some candidates need to take their test more than once to secure a pass and we are not able to admit trainees onto the PGCE course in September without passes in both subjects.

Personal qualities

At Sussex we are looking for;

  • A passion for English literature and language and Media showing interest and involvement in both subjects beyond your degree.

  • Strong subject knowledge and a sound awareness of how both are currently taught within UK Secondary schools

  • Effective communication skills and good organisational skills

  • Awareness of current educational developments and issues

  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals

  • The ability to evaluate practice and to address your weaknesses

  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change

  • A sense of responsibility

  • The ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

We also require the following

  • DBS: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide. All trainees must obtain Enhanced DBS clearance before starting the course.

  • Health requirements: Trainees must undertake an online Health questionnaire for mental and physical fitness with the University Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme

  • Trainees with English as a second language are required to pass IELTS at minimum level 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each section.

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 £15,250

About the training provider

The University of Sussex Schools Partnership offers high quality professional and academic teaching courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits and a progression route onto a Masters in Education.

With a history of innovation we pioneered a model of school-based teacher training 50 years ago, now adopted nationally. Schools are involved at every stage of the selection, training and assessment of our beginner teachers. This long standing relationship results in excellent support from experienced teachers mentoring trainees on placement and dedicated University tutors offering models of successful pedagogy. As a small friendly department we offer our trainees a personal approach and aftercare support and training as Newly Qualified Teachers

We train ‘thinking’ teachers with a over riding desire to make a difference to the lives of young people.
A research intensive university, we believe teachers benefit from critical engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and continuing professional development as well as excellent practical classroom skills.

Our University sits on a leafy campus at the edge of the South Downs National Park, accessible by road or rail from East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London. The historic seaside city of Brighton is minutes away, with its pebble beaches and vibrant social and cultural opportunities.

Course outcomes are consistently high; 100% achieving QTS on first attempt, 94% completing with Merit or Distinction,
98% securing a teaching post and 99% of ex-trainees rating the course ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a Sussex selection day either online via Zoom or in person at the University of Sussex campus.

As part of the interview process Sussex candidates would usually expect to;

Before the selection day

  • Listen to a video talk giving further information about the Sussex course
  • Complete some paperwork including our ‘Suitability for Teaching Declaration’. Both the above will be sent to you by email in your invitation to interview

On the selection day

  • Have an individual online interview, usually via Zoom, with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partnership school
  • Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task or presentation to the panel. You will receive details of the task in your invitation to interview.
  • Show the interview panel a form of photo ID on camera for checking
  • Have an opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the course and your individual circumstances.

After the selection day

  • If we offer you a place on the course and you decide to accept we will need you to send us or bring in your original Undergraduate Degree, and GCSE Maths and English certificates

Showing an awareness the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so if logistically possible candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

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 University of Sussex welcomes applications from all candidates who have the potential to make excellent teachers regardless of disability and additional needs.

We have previously successfully supported trainee teachers with dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, mental wealth conditions and a range of physical, hearing and visual impairments.

All trainee teachers are first screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme. Following this, if you have a disability or health condition, you will register with the University Student Support service and an assessment is arranged to establish your needs. The team will identify the additional support and adjustments recommended to help you be as successful as possible on the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk
Telephone
01273 873238
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite
Address
Sussex School of Education
Essex House
Falmer, Brighton
Brighton and Hove
BN1 9QQ

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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