About the course
This course prepares you to teach English in secondary schools. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, it will build and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Building on your English studies at undergraduate level, you will be encouraged to develop effective classroom and teaching skills whilst considering the theories, policies and developments within English teaching.
You will acquire an awareness of the teaching and learning strategies which will help you develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities of pupils across the 11-16 range with post 16 enhancement. Teaching related areas such as media and drama, as well as the post-16 curriculum, will also be explored during the course. You will develop the strategies and expertise necessary to teach an understanding and appreciation of both language and literature which will hopefully stay with pupils throughout their lives.
A particular strength of the course is its focus on ICT and media studies in English, reflecting Newman’s expertise in these areas as well as the importance to the wider community. Whether a novice or a confident user of ICT, you will explore how to use resources such as interactive whiteboards and multimedia programmes effectively when teaching English. It is a feature that not only helps our trainees explore exciting teaching opportunities, but also makes them especially attractive to employers.
If your degree does not include enough English, or if you just need a refresher course, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
Our lecturers and visiting teachers use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and special projects. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, project work and practical teaching ability.
Your interview will for you to demonstrate a number of qualities expected of an ITE student, including:
- Your passion to become an outstanding teacher;
- An awareness of developments in education and in the National Curriculum, and within your individual subject area;
- An ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups;
- A commitment to ensuring that children achieve their full potential, and an ability to build supportive, trusting, respectful relationships with them and evidence of how you have;
- Evidence of recent and relevant work or voluntary experience in British schools, which allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the role of the teacher both inside and outside the classroom.
Newman University uses a number of methods to assess these qualities in students being interviewed. The interview day is made up of 2 main components:
Working with a small group of other candidates
The interviewers will be looking for you to include:
- a brief introduction;
- a main body, making good use of the time available and engaging the audience;
- and a definitive ending summarising the learning
This group task is designed to show the interviewers that you can work collaboratively with other professionals.
The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, and will want to find out about you as a person – your interests, enthusiasms, personality, experiences and skills. You will be asked a series of questions related to you and your school experience.
How school placements work
All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
An Honours degree of which English or an English related subject forms part, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.
School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.
Passing the National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy, together with obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.
About the training provider
The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.
These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.
The Primary PGCE is available in two options: Early Years/KS! Or KS1/KS2. We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015
Training with disabilities and other needs
Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:
• Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
• Hearing or Visual loss
• Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
• Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
• Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
• Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.
We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:
• Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
• Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
• Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
• Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties
We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.
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