About the course
The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of English.
The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.
The course is creative, active and practical, allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research.
What does it mean to be an English teacher in twenty-first century classrooms? This course develops new teachers' understanding of English in secondary settings through active workshops, creative projects and joint explorations of texts, language, drama and media. Students are encouraged to develop their own subject knowledge for teaching supported by experienced university tutors who have many years' successful classroom experience themselves. We focus on principled practice, deep and rigorous subject knowledge, and even purposeful playfulness.
You will be supported to create an inclusive, energetic, exciting classroom environment which will appeal to a range of preferred learning styles and draw on a range of resources.
Find out why you should train to teach with us.
How school placements work
Placements are offered by schools and settings within our ITE partnership and are geographically diverse, with schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Wales, offering placements. We work hard to match placements to trainee teacher needs and experience, and we endeavour to keep travel times to a maximum of 90 minutes each way, each day.
Trainee teachers are supported in schools by a Senior Mentor, who is a designated lead teacher for ITE placements in the school, and is responsible for overseeing the training that takes place. Trainee teachers are also closely supported by their Class Mentor (Primary) or Subject Mentor (Secondary), who is their day-to-day contact and supporter in school during placement.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You should typically meet the following criteria:
- An undergraduate degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification, with at least 50% in a subject related to what you want to teach. This is typically 2:2 or higher but we will look at all applications against the demands of the course.
- GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.
Our PGCE programmes include a high level of placement based learning and working with children. We would encourage all applicants to get as much relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element of their programme.
All offers will be subject to satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and health checks.
About the training provider
At UWE Bristol we are particularly proud to be in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction and to be awarded the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) 2018, achieving GOLD Standard.
Our Education subject provision is highly successful - we came 5th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University League Table 2019 and 9th in the UK in the Complete University Guide League Table 2019. All of the subject-level university league-tables show us as clear leaders in Education in the region.
Significant components of the subject rankings are student satisfaction and quality of teaching. Our students are extremely positive about our provision and about the excellent support they receive from our wide range of school partners. The programme tutors at UWE along with our community of schools are committed to providing a teacher training experience which enables trainees to graduate as skilled and thoughtful practitioners who know what works and who can put this into practice in the classroom.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We take a great deal of care to ensure all our trainees can be successful and have many examples of this in practice. We evaluate needs in advance of students starting their course to enable us to put all the necessary measures in place both at UWE and in collaboration with our school partners. We are committed to ensuring that the teaching profession is as diverse as possible, just as we are committed to helping trainees to support the needs of all of their pupils they teach.
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