About the course
The PGCE English course aims to prepare you to meet QTS Standards fully and to learn to teach the 11 - 19 English/Media curriculum with confidence, authority and enthusiasm. The course will ensure that you can facilitate your own students' development as fully literate young adults who can understand, engage with and create a multiplicity of texts both within and beyond the classroom.
You will have taught sessions and in-school mentoring from some of the best practitioners in the field and learn how to become an effective practitioner yourself. The programme will cover all areas of the National Curriculum for English and also address preparation for public examinations across the 16 -19 age range and KS3 school-based assessments.
The course has a number of distinctive features. You will gain experience of writing poetry and composing a writing portfolio of a wide range of other texts in collaboration with others. You will take part in practical drama workshops and learn about teaching many aspects of Media and Film Studies.
We want you to:
- reflect critically on the English/Media curriculum and be inspired by the dynamic nature of your subject;
- learn from examples of best practice and become effective practitioners yourselves;
- be well supported by both university and school tutors and support each other in the development of subject knowledge and classroom expertise;
- set high expectations for yourselves and your students;
- develop an understanding of your professional roles within a department and whole school team; and
- view the PGCE course as the beginning of your CPD.
Applications are welcome from students with good/very good qualifications in their English qualifications at GCSE and AS/A level (or equivalent) and at honours degree level. Those students with joint or combined honours degrees in which English is a major subject are also welcome to apply.
Students with degrees in a range of academic backgrounds including American Studies, Classical Studies, History and Law have also made successful applications previously. In all cases applicants are required to have an A level English Language or Literature or Lang/Lit qualification (or equivalent) and should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for English at interview.
Applicants without English as a major subject would be expected to undertake essential background reading before the start of the course and may need to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting.
If invited for interview, you will meet members of the course team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have.
You will participate in a group task with candidates from a range of subjects and give a brief presentation as part of a small group.
Subject tutors will introduce a written subject task that you will complete during the day and you will have an individual interview with a subject tutor. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching. During the interview, you will explore any additional preparation needed to help put you in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.
How school placements work
You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our Partnership Schools. Leicester is ideally placed to offer the opportunity to work in both inner city and rural environments, with learners from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year and that you have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 age range.
The placements are referred to as 'Phase A' and 'Phase B' placements.
In planning your placements, your subject tutor will try to balance the distance you are asked to travel with your individual needs and our knowledge of our wide range of school partners.
After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school's Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement and liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% timetable.
During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% timetable.
All students will also undertake a week in a primary school following their Phase A placement to support their understanding of the broader context of education and to support writing of one of the PGCE assignments.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free bursary- (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)
Please note that International students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website- (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training)
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.
Financial support from the training provider
The University of Leicester offer a range of scholarships and funding. Please visit our website to find out more: (https://le.ac.uk/study/postgraduates/fees-funding/scholarships-discounts)
• 2:1 degree for English, Geography, History or Social Science
• 2:2 degree for Mathematics, MFL, Sciences or RE
(We may, under exceptional circumstances, accept a Third if there are
other very strong recommending features in your application.)
• GCSE Grade 4 (old grade C) or above in English Language and Maths
• A-levels (or equivalent) in relevant subjects
• Although not essential, you may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching in a school setting.
• A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy
We strongly encourage all prospective students to spend time observing, and possibly assisting, learners and teachers in secondary English classrooms in order to familiarise themselves with current developments. We welcome applicants who have creative writing, drama, performance and media production skills which they wish to develop further for use in the classroom.
The PGCE is a challenging course, and we are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching. These skills include the ability to form relationships, good communication, commitment to learning and teaching and reflective qualities.
Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.
All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.
About the training provider
The School of Education has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing graduate teachers prized by schools.
The School of Education is located in the heart of Leicester, identified in recent research as one of the most affordable study destinations in Britain. We are within five minutes’ walk of both the railway station and the main University of Leicester campus with its student support services and award-winning library.
The School of Education works in partnership with over 150 local schools. They represent an unusually varied and interesting range of institutions, including rural village schools, suburban and inner city schools and academies, and special schools. Many of the schools have a diverse, multi-ethnic population. Training to teach here provides the solid foundations to teach in a range of different contexts.
We are also a proactive partner with individual schools and alliances who offer the University of Leicester PGCE via the School Direct and SCITT training routes. Our close and collaborative relationship with partner schools ensures that, whichever training route they choose, University of Leicester PGCE students benefit from the same wide-ranging but consistently high quality experiences.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The School of Education's AccessAbility Tutor will contact all students who declare a disability and offer advice about the support which they may be entitled. We ask students to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.
These requests, with students' permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all student needs.
Students can contact the School of Education's AccessAbility Tutor and the University's AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.
Some examples of how we support students with disabilities include:
• Accessible school placements provided for students with a physical disability.
• Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of students with mental health difficulties.
• Slide presentations and resources are made available to all students at least 24 hours before a session takes place.
• The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE students who are on placement and unable to attend during the day.
• Disabled parking permits are provided to enable students with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings.
• A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with students with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.
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