The University of Reading
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary English course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

The IoE, located on the beautiful London Road campus, provides excellent teaching and learning facilities, including a dedicated Learning Hub.

There are several pathways for English specialists:

• Core PGCE

• School Direct PGCE (tuition fee)

• School Direct PGCE (salaried)

• School Direct QTS only (tuition fee)

• School Direct QTS only (salaried)

The PGCE course is a Masters’ level qualification that will provide you with an excellent foundation for your professional role in school. We work closely with our partnership schools and, regardless of pathway, all subject specialists attend the same subject pedagogy sessions; receive the same amount of support and time in school.

We pride ourselves on the high quality of our teaching as support, and our blended course is a mix of university-based subject pedagogy sessions, Professional Studies and school experience. This consists of around 45 three hour taught subject sessions and fourteen Professional Studies sessions over the course of the year. Subject pedagogy sessions include:

• Teaching reading and literature

• Teaching writing

• Teaching grammar

• Teaching poetry

• Teaching media in English

• Teaching Shakespeare

• Planning, progress and assessment

• Teaching and using drama in English

• Differentiation in English

• Creativity in English

These sessions are taught by highly experienced university tutors, with additional guest presenters drawn from the IoE and a number of our Partnership schools. Sessions are based on recent research and seek to give trainees the opportunity to explore the connections between research and practice in a collaborative and stimulating environment.

Trainees are fully supported in school by university-trained subject mentors, and their progress is monitored closely by university tutors. Outcomes for trainees are excellent and employment rate for English trainees is 100%, most within local partnership schools.

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Interview process

You will be invited to one interview, conducted by an academic member of staff with subject-specific knowledge.

It is assumed that you will have passed the Skills tests before the start of the course.

If you are a candidate who holds a degree in a subject other than English, you could be eligible to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement prior to the course. Further details will be discussed at interview.

How school placements work

Placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.

At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 80 schools in the local and surrounding area. It is a testament to the strength of these partnerships and the regard with which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.

On your Secondary PGCE course you are required to carry two placements across the Key Stages, ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities as part of the Enrichment programme.

You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:

  • observation of other teachers
  • planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups
  • planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons
  • reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
  • receiving feedback on your teaching
  • gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,045

Financial support

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

The University of Reading offers £1000 off tuition fees to University of Reading graduates.



We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject that you intend to teach. You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications.

You will also be required to pass the QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Personal qualities

If you are passionate about and committed to children's education and would like a a career in which you can make a difference, then apply to the University of Reading. We welcome applications from prospective students who have an understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

About the training provider

The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is an established provider of high-quality teacher training and research in education. In our latest OFSTED inspection in 2016 all our teacher training courses were rated 'Good'. In the latest national assessment, 80% of our research outputs were rated world leading or internationally excellent, positively impacting educational policy and practice. The University has also been ranked in the top 150 in the world for Education. *

We offer a range of teacher training courses in primary, secondary and early years, as well as a BA in education Studies and MA in education studies. At the Institute of Education we have the research, the expertise and the passion to help others grow into engaged and active citizens; individuals with resilience and the confidence to tackle challenges.

The Institute of Education is a community and the impact of our research and the breadth of our experience feeds directly into everything we do and the world around us. Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools, who we work closely with to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Globally, our research, consultancy and other projects extend to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore. For more on our programmes visit: (

*QS World Rankings by subject 2018

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Reading welcomes disabled students and has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service. The service offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

If you are unsure whether you wish to disclose your disability on your application, you can discuss the implications of a disclosure in complete confidence, with one of our disability advisers.

We offer support, advice and guidance with:

  • physical disabilities e.g. mobility
  • sensory disabilities e.g. visual impairments
  • mental health difficulties e.g. anxiety
  • medical conditions e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, autism/Asperger Syndrome
  • SpLDs e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

The Disability Advisory Service may be able to assist in study related support in the following ways:

  • assessing the impact of your disability on your studies and recommend any reasonable adjustments required
  • provide information on funding for study support, including the Disabled Students Allowance.
  • Liaise with your Department including Senior Tutors and Disability Representative on reasonable adjustments, including extensions to deadlines and alternative modes of assessment where appropriate.
  • Flag students (with permission) in order that tutors are made aware of individual requirements.
  • The Disability Advisory Service can provide assistance on arranging non- medical helpers e.g. one to one support arrangements such as mentors and specialist study skills.
  • Liaising with the exams office re special exam arrangements
  • Referral and signposting to other services

Contact details

0118 378 5289
Admissions Office
Miller Building


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