The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE English and Media course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.
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 subjects whilst benefiting from the bursary incentive for 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 heart 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.
Our full-time candidates 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. Part-time candidates attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.
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
English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course