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 11-16 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.
Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further. Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the Department for Education.
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. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and from supportive 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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.
You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.
When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.
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- A Honours degree (2:2 or above) with at least 50% relevant content in English.
- GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
- You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course.
- If your degree qualification does not meet our normal entrance requirements, you may be offered a place conditionally on the successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme (SKE). We would expect you to have an A level (or equivalent) in the subject.
We are looking for:
- 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
- Demonstrate that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
- Provide two references. If you have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of your referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.
- Offers subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure checks and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children.
- We also ask you to complete a health declaration.
About the training provider
The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers for the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (post-14) sectors. In fact, we’ve been developing great teachers since 1947 and today we train over 1,500 teachers together with our local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.
We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.
By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.
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