The University of Hull
English (Q3X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

The Secondary PGCE programme concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching.

It is delivered by the University from its Hull campus together with approximately 90 partnership schools.

We are seeking applicants who have a high degree of vocational motivation as well as a passion to teach the subject areas of English language and literature.

Trainees are given a thorough grounding in the requirements of the National Curriculum, and in the practical classroom strategies. There is a strong emphasis on trainees' individual creativity in developing learning resources, and scope for additional specialisation in areas where trainees have personal interests, such as drama, Shakespeare or teenage fiction. The programme also encourages the development of critical literacy, through reflection on teaching methodologies and engagement with current research in the field.

The two teaching practice placements offer experience of working in different kinds of schools, urban and rural, mixed-ability and setted. Trainees are able at the end of the programme to make informed judgements as a result of working to a distinct English department ethos in each of the schools. The schools themselves are enthusiastic about welcoming new colleagues, and committed to offering trainees a structured and supportive professional development.

Assessment is mainly based on teaching performance in the placement schools. Written assignments are portfolio-based tasks which are relevant to work in practice: for example, exploring the role of English within the curriculum and reflecting upon the impact of assessment. Pictured below: Gill Sach, PGCE English trainee on placement in 2015 at Kelvin Hall School.

The programme places a strong emphasis on the requirements of GCSE and Key Stage 3 subject planning and assessment, and on increasing trainees' grammatical confidence and awareness. Work on Shakespeare involves collaborative practical sessions and an approach to play texts as enjoyable, popular, performance material needing interactive classroom activities. Guest speakers from partnership schools deliver workshops that offer practical guidance and current classroom approaches to further enrich the programme.

Employment from the course is excellent, both locally and nationally. Typically, trainees find the PGCE year much more demanding than the degree finals year, but also more rewarding, as knowledge, experience, energy, humour and sheer willpower come together to make small parts of the world, for a short time at least, into better places.

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Interview process

On Receipt of UCAS Teacher Training Applications

The applications are checked for the appropriateness of the academic qualifications, the quality of both the content and the accuracy of written English and the extent of support provided by the referee. This is always done by the Subject Tutor. The forms will also be seen by a School Mentor, and sometimes, by the Programme Director.

Applicants must possess a degree of a British university, or equivalent and have appropriate subject knowledge. The University states that prospective applicants require a degree 2:2 or better to be able to progress on to the PGCE Secondary programme. As we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutor Holly Smith at


Candidates are either called for interview individually or, more usually, in small groups. The interview is conducted by the Subject Tutor(s). The interviews are usually held in the University, but on some occasions, in a partnership school.

The interview process is informal and usually candidates are offered the opportunity to ask questions, possibly give a short presentation, complete a written task as well as participate in an individual discussion with Subject Tutors and Mentors.

After the interview

Decisions about the offer of places are made immediately after the interviews and the outcomes communicated to the candidates formally through the UCAS Teacher Training System.

How school placements work

All trainees have two school placements and teach in two schools. The two periods of teaching experience are approximately 12 weeks in length. Each teaching block is preceded by a developmental phase of structured preparation. This involves observing experienced teachers working with individual pupils, working with groups of pupils, team teaching, and eventually taking responsibility for whole lessons. In their practical teaching, trainees are advised and guided by their subject mentors in schools, and observed teaching by University Method Tutors. Trainees each have a Journal and Profile Document in which they and their mentors record their development. This document is both formative and summative because you use it throughout your training and it also contains two sections for completion at the end of each major period of teaching.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,800

Actual fee to be confirmed for 2020-21 entry, the fee published was for the fee for 2019-20 entry.

Please contact FACE Admissions Team on 01482 466028/465974 for any further information required on Fees.

If you are an International student from a non-EU country you will be charged the standard overseas student fee.

Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information.


Financial support

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.



Entry requirements:

Applicants must possess GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Maths and a degree of a British university, or equivalent and have appropriate subject knowledge. The University states that prospective applicants require a degree 2:2 or better to be able to progress on to the PGCE Secondary programme. As we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutor Holly Smith at

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Motivated to work with young people and is enthusiastic about their subject
  • Adaptable, hardworking and committed to teaching all pupils
  • Able to think on their feet, with good communication skills and a sense of humour
  • Able to work as a member of a team as well as being independent and resourceful.
  • Be well qualified in your subject and to be able to talk about it with understanding and enthusiasm. We would like you to believe that your subject is relevant for pupils of all ages and abilities.

About the training provider

Teacher training you’ll grab with both hands

When you choose a PGCE at Hull, you’ll get real, hands-on, on-the-job teacher training. You’ll learn how to fuse tradition with

brand-new approaches. And you’ll discover the most natural

way to teach…

Learn how to teach with new technology

You’ll join a university steeped in tradition, but one that also believes strongly in Technology-Enhanced Learning. So much so that we helped spark a European Commission project to improve the use of digital technologies in schools. To give you a taste of the modern classroom, you’ll have access to specialist teaching facilities. You’ll also be encouraged to use mobile devices like iPads on campus and in schools.

Gain hands-on experience

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain classroom experience and the new perspectives that come with it. We have a productive network of more than 600 early years settings, schools and academies around the region. With many Hull graduates among their teaching staff, these partner institutions span the spectrum of settings: large, small, urban and rural..

Training with disabilities and other needs

World-class library

Following its £28-million redevelopment, the Brynmor Jones Library is one of the finest institutions of its kind in the country. A stylish, state-of-the-art place of learning for generations to come.Boasting more than a million books, journals and periodicals, plus a vast collection of digital information, it’s open whenever you need it – 24/7 during semesters. The modern and flexible work spaces are suitable for all your needs. However you like to work, there’s a space for you – with access to all our print and digital collections. There are 30 bookable study rooms, 14 with full audiovisual facilities, as well as 350 open access PCs, 48 borrowable laptops, multifunction printers, scanners and photocopiers, plus self-service issuing facilities in all areas. Or bring your digital life with you – our high-speed wireless network means you can use your own laptops and tablets wherever you go.

FREE WiFi and computer access

High-speed WiFi turns our entire campus into a virtual classroom. We’ve got more than 1,100 open-access computers and 1,600 study spaces for you to use.

Academic support tuition

If you need advice or supervision on your research, we have staff who are experts in their field that offer personal tuition.

Disability support

We have a team of professionals to support you, whether you have a physical, medical or learning disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Pastoral and wellbeing support

Whether it’s a personal or practical matter, you can count on our friendly and informal support whenever you need it.

Contact details

01482 466028
The University of Hull
Face Admissions Team, Student Hub, Wilberforce Building
Cottingham Road, Hull


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: H72
  • Training programme code: Q3X1

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, Yorkshire HU6 7RX
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