About the course
The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE 7-14 English course is offered as a 1 year full-time programme from September to June.
Successful candidates are 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.
Sussex is one of only a handful of providers nationally offering an English Specialist 7-14 PGCE courses providing you with the necessary skills to teach in Primary, Secondary or middle school settings. The course suits candidates with a passion for teaching their subject who genuinely cannot choose between training in primary or secondary phases.
The move from Primary to Secondary school is a crucial one for children and, as a specialist transition teacher, your skills will be recognised by Secondary schools employing teachers to help children make that move, whilst providing specialist teaching in English. For those wanting to work within a Primary school setting - for example as a subject leader - transition teaching skills will help you prepare pupils moving up from Primary to Secondary school for that all important progression.
You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your Secondary school placement in late September.
You will then spend Monday to Thursday each week training in school and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. In the autumn term your training will be focussed on how to teach English in a secondary school.
After Christmas our 7-14 trainees transfer to their Primary School placement and receive additional campus based additional training in how to teach the full range of primary subjects.
Integrating education theory and practice and encouraging critical reflection on approaches to learning and teaching is key to the Sussex approach. Over the year you will be required to successfully complete pass both school 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
Our English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course
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 and/or presentation
- Present your degree, GCSE Maths and English certificates (and Science for Primary and KS2/3) 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
You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two schools over the academic year September to June. In the autumn term this will be in Key Stage 3 of a Secondary School. In the Spring and Summer terms you will be placed in a primary school training to teach the full range of curriculum subjects and focussing on your own specialism.
Placement 1: End of September to Christmas in Secondary. 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 primary. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.
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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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
UK and EU Candidates on the 7-14 English course will be eligible for the DfE Secondary English bursary (tax free)
An undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in English. If you hold a related degree with
substantial English content, an English A level and ability to demonstrate a secure understanding of degree level English at interview, it may be possible to be offered a place on the basis of successfully completing our English Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. Contact the Course Leader if you are unsure whether your degree meets the criteria.
English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course
English Maths and Science GCSE at grade C or above (pre-2017), Grade 5 or above (post-2017), or equivalent qualifications.
We are looking for;
- A proven passion for English beyond your degree
- Knowledge and understanding of English and an awareness of how the subject is taught in UK Secondary and Primary Schools.
- Effective communication skills and good organisational skills
- Enthusiasm, energy and creativity
- Awareness of current educational developments and issues
- Experience with children and young people and commitment to developing individuals
- The ability to evaluate your practice and to address weaknesses
- Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
- A sense of responsibility
- The ability to work in a team.
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.
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