English with New Collaborative Accredited provider: The University of Huddersfield

Course offered
QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.ncpontefract.ac.uk

About the course

If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school English teacher, then studying our one-year PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (English) will help you on your way. You’ll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience. Successful completion of the course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-18 age range.

The course programme is divided into two main themes:

• Initial Professional Development

You’ll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching skills and subject curriculum knowledge to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You will research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy.

• English Specialist Subject Pedagogy

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your subject teaching in a stimulating way, using different methodologies and new technologies to inspire and engage young people. We’ll help develop your understanding of the English curriculum; progression in English; planning and curriculum development in English, examination requirements and inclusion issues in English.

You’ll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed. Course tutors are very experienced and you’ll have a personal academic tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work.

Three of the four PGCE modules are at Master’s level and you’ll have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Master’s degree, supporting your NQT year and early professional development.

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The interview process typically lasts for half a day.

The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:

• You will be asked to teach a concept from your subject area

• You will participate in a group task which is designed to investigate your understanding of teaching and learning and the role of a secondary school teacher

• You will complete a literacy task to evaluate your ability to communicate effectively

• You will also have an individual interview with a member of the course team which will include a discussion about your subject knowledge.

How school placements work

A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within our partnership schools. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend at least 120 days in at least two schools. One of your placements will be in a 6th form college where you will teach on A level programmes.

You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and from mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You’ll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.

Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

• A Honours degree (2:2 or above) with at least 50% relevant content in English. If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.

• GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

• You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.

Conditions to be met by 31 August 2019.

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm and a genuine desire to inspire young people
  • A commitment to helping every child to make the most of their talents
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Professionalism and an understanding of the role of a teacher
  • Resilience and the willingness to receive and act on advice
  • The ability to manage time effectively
  • Evidence of self-motivation in personal learning

We advise that you spend some time gaining experience in a secondary school to give you a greater insight into your career choice and help you decide whether teaching is right for you.

Other requirements

  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
  • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children.

Contact details

Email
Brian.coughlan@ncpontefract.ac.uk
Telephone
01977702139
Website
http://www.ncpontefract.ac.uk
Address
Park Lane
Pontefract

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2AJ
  • Training programme code: 2ZDJ

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Park Lane, Pontefract WF8 4QR

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