University of Sussex
English and Drama (38PN)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite

About the course

The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE English and Drama course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.

Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.

On this unique course you will have the opportunity to train to teach both subjects whilst benefiting from the bursary incentive for English. The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA) is on the Sussex campus, a world class inter disciplinary arts space in an iconic grade 11 listed modernist building.

At the heart of the English and Drama PGCE course at Sussex is a belief in the importance of enabling pupils to become independent, critical readers who love reading and talking about texts with teachers and peers. You will deepen your own grammatical understanding and that of your pupils, enabling them to become creative, effective writers.

You will also be training to teach Drama, one of the most popular and rewarding subjects in the curriculum offering pupils the opportunity to enrich their lives and communities, explore complex issues and emotions, and build their self-confidence and practical skills. Beyond the classroom, you will participate in the broader position of Drama in school life, supporting - and sometimes leading - performances and productions.

The Sussex course brings together education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching. Excellent teachers from our partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.

You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.

Our full-time candidates spend Monday to Thursday each week training in a partnership school and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. Part-time candidates attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.

Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.

Further course information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/englishdrama

English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/ske/english

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a selection day either on the University campus or in one of our partnership schools.

At a Sussex selection day candidates would usually expect to;

  • Listen to a talk giving further information about the course with an opportunity to ask questions
  • Have an individual interview with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partner school
  • Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task or presentation
  • Present your degree, GCSE Maths and English certificates and Photo ID for checking
  • Complete some paperwork including our Suitability for Teaching Declaration

Showing an awareness the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

How school placements work

Our Full-time Course

You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Key Stage 3 (11-14) and Key Stage 4 (14-16) with enhancement opportunities at Key Stage 5 (16-18).

Placement 1: End of September to February halfterm. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays. This ensures a weekly focus on theory and pedagogy as well as practice.

Placement 2: February Halfterm to May halfterm in a contrasting school. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.

Our Part-time Course

Year One: 2 days* a week in school and Fridays at the University

Year Two 3 days* a week in a second contrasting school and occasional University days. Towards the end of your course you will undertake a full-time 5 week teaching block.

  • Days of the week individually negociated to suit both school and trainee.

Our longstanding and historic partnership with around 300 schools across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London Fringes helps us secure placements where our trainees will thrive and be well exceptionally supported. We invest a lot of time in carefully arranging the most appropriate school for each individual in our cohorts.

Your Sussex tutor will personally select your two school placements based on a combination of factors; the practicalities such as living location and transport needs but also on personality, subject knowledge level and previous experiences and using our in depth knowledge of the features of schools within our partnership.

We are also proud to offer an innovative optional training strand in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) which includes enhanced training opportunities and a bespoke Placement 2 in a local partnership special school. This strand would suit any trainee interested in working in a SEND environment.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £15,250

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Degree:

A joint honours undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in English and Drama, or an English degree with at least 30% Drama and a Drama A level.

  • GCSE:

English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above (pre-2017), Grade 5 or above (post-2017), or equivalent qualifications.

Personal qualities

At Sussex we are looking for;

*A passion for English literature and language and Drama and interest and involvement in both subjects beyond your degree.

*Strong subject knowledge and a sound awareness of how both are currently taught within UK Secondary schools

  • Effective communication skills and good organisational skills
  • Awareness of current educational developments and issues
  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals
  • The ability to evaluate practice and to address your weaknesses
  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • A sense of responsibility
  • The ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

We also require the following

  • Working with children: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide through its disclosure

service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an initial teacher-training programme.

  • Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University's Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.

About the training provider

The University of Sussex Schools Partnership offers high quality professional and academic teaching courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits and a progression route onto a Masters in Education.

With a history of innovation we pioneered a model of school-based teacher training 50 years ago, now adopted nationally. Schools are involved at every stage of the selection, training and assessment of our beginner teachers. This long standing relationship results in excellent support from experienced teachers mentoring trainees on placement and dedicated University tutors offering models of successful pedagogy. As a small friendly department we offer our trainees a personal approach and aftercare support and training as Newly Qualified Teachers

We train 'thinking' teachers with a over riding desire to make a difference to the lives of young people.

A research intensive university, we believe teachers benefit from critical engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and continuing professional development as well as excellent practical classroom skills.

Our University sits on a leafy campus at the edge of the South Downs National Park, accessible by road or rail from East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London. The historic

seaside city of Brighton is minutes away, with its pebble beaches and vibrant social and cultural opportunities.

Course outcomes are consistently high; 100% achieving QTS on first attempt,

94% completing with Merit or Distinction,

98% securing a teaching post and

99% of ex-trainees rating the course 'good' or 'very good'.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Sussex welcomes applications from all candidates who have the potential to make excellent teachers regardless of disability and additional needs.

We have previously successfully supported trainee teachers with dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, mental wealth conditions and a range of physical, hearing and visual impairments.

All trainee teachers are first screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University's Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme. Following this, if you have a disability or health condition, you will register with the University Student Support service and an assessment is arranged to establish your needs. The team will identify the additional support and adjustments recommended to help you be as successful as possible on the course.

Contact details

Email
iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk
Telephone
01273 873238
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite
Address
Sussex School of Education
Essex House
Falmer, Brighton
Brighton and Hove
BN1 9QQ

Apply

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: S90
  • Training programme code: 38PN

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Essex House 4, University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex BN1 9QQ
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