About the course
English teachers today need more than a solid grounding in the study of literature. They need to be aware of the ways in which children read a vast range of texts in a variety of media; they need to understand how speaking and listening skills are developed; they need to be able to respond to and assess pupils' use of language; they need insight into the needs of very able pupils, those with special educational difficulties and those for whom English is an additional language.
The intensive programme combines courses in principles and methods of teaching with practical school-based teaching placements and students are assessed on both elements.
The Brunel PGCE Secondary course in English equips you with the skills of subject specialist teaching. It also allows you to gain an understanding of teachers' professional knowledge in both the University and school contexts.
The course aims are to ensure you are able to:
- Undertake professional practice which enables you to evidence the Teachers’ Standards which facilitate the award of Qualified Teacher Status
- Understand the relationships between Education and English within current national and government frameworks, and critically reflect on the impact of these in the work of schools and the educational experiences of young people
- Recognise the contribution that English as part of the whole school curriculum makes to the development of the individual learner and groups of learners
- Apply a thorough knowledge and understanding of the English National Curriculum to the planning of curriculum experiences for pupils in school
- Use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the 14-16 curriculum including examination and vocational courses
- Demonstrate an understanding of the subject knowledge and specification requirements for the 16-19 curriculum;
*Utilise a range of teaching strategies to meet the identified learning needs of a wide range of pupils
- Utilise a range of resources, including information and communication technology, to enhance pupil learning in English
- Understand the importance of safe practice and safeguarding and apply these in working with young people
- Use a wide range of class management strategies to maximise pupil learning
- Understand the principles of inclusion and apply these to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils in the subject area
- Understand national frameworks for assessment within the subject area and use these to support the recording and analysis of data.
How school placements work
School-based professional learning is a compulsory element of all programmes leading to a recommendation for QTS. The course involves the statutory requirement of at least 120 days of school experience in the form of block school placements undertaken in at least two different contexts.
Our current partnership schools are mainly located in the West London area and adjoining Home Counties. We have developed close links with a number of very good schools over a number of years, and offer placements within carefully chosen schools that provide an appropriate professional learning experience. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the schools we work with is a distinctive aspect of our provision and we are equally proud of the diversity of our student teacher cohort, who reflect the communities in which many of them go on to work as teachers.
We also offer student teachers the opportunity to experience placements in alternative settings, which include special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), young offender’s institutions. This further demonstrates our commitment to preparing teachers to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts.
You will be allocated a school-based mentor, selected for their experience and expertise, who will be there to help you develop and learn while you are on placement. The importance of this person should not be underestimated. Teaching is a very challenging profession and with the help of your school-based mentor and your University tutor we aim to make sure that you have support every step of the way, encouraging reflection and development.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Fees for 2019/20 entry
- UK/EU students full-time: £6,170 (Schools Direct); £9,250 (Core)
- International students: £15,400 full-time
- UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
- Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
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.
Financial support from the training provider
Brunel offers the following Postgraduate Scholarships, prizes and further fee reductions:
• Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship – 15% tuition fee discount, plus additional 15% if a Brunel Graduate. No application is required. Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer
• PGCE Access Scholarship - £2,500 with no application required. Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer.
For full terms and conditions please visit the scholarships page on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-fees-and-funding/scholarships
•An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach, normally 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study.
•Maths and English grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level.
•Passed the required Skills Tests. We will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer letter.
To further strengthen your application, we recommend that applicants have:
- Modules within your degree course which should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for your subject area;
- An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research;
- An understanding of statutory requirements for your subject area within the state school sector;
- An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your subject area
- Recent and relevant experience of state school education in England;
- The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English.
We ensure that all student teachers have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks, including a check against of the children’s barred list.
We undertake our responsibility to ensure that the student teachers are not, therefore, disqualified from childcare or that the student teacher has obtained a childcare disqualification waiver from Ofsted.
The DBS application will cost £51.86 (this amount may be subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. Further guidance can be found here, alternatively email email@example.com.
About the training provider
Education at Brunel: Ranked 2nd in London (Guardian League Table 2019) and an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Education (Ofsted, 2015).
Education at Brunel offers an unrivalled experience for developing education professional or for your education training.
We are one of the longest established Education departments in the country and leading research centre for work in supportive education. We regularly receive high ratings from the UK's leading benchmarks such as Ofsted.
All our education courses have been developed in collaboration with partnership schools and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This ensures the highest possible quality of provision and relevance in national and school-level priorities in Education.
You'll learn in lectures, seminars, and workshops and by modelling classroom practice. You'll also learn through independent learning, investigation and guided discovery; and through observation, self-evaluation and reflection on teaching practice. We invite guest speakers to contribute to the taught sessions and arrange school visits, for example, to pupil referral units and special schools.
100% of our PGCE Secondary Education students secured posts in schools within six months of graduation (Destination of Learners from High Education 2015-2016).
A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high-quality Initial Teacher Education. You'll benefit from our partnerships with educational institutions and local schools. Many of our students go on to work in our partner schools and many more are employed in schools where they undertook a placement.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our campus and facilities are recognised as some of the best in the country for disabled students.
We offer advice and support to disabled students, including those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions, Asperger syndrome, mobility and sensory impairments and unseen disabilities such as epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis and sickle cell anaemia.
Our disability advisers will help make you access the support or specialist equipment you need to make the most of your studies.
We arrange support individually with each students and the service is confidential. We only use your details, with your consent, to help you get the best support.
For more information, you can contact Brunel's Disability and Dyslexia Service: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.brunel.ac.uk/disability
Assistive Technology Centre - this provides software and hardware to support disabled students. It also runs a loan scheme of key equipment such as digital recorders and assistive listening devices. www.brunel.ac.uk/assistive-technology
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