Nottingham Institute of Education
Secondary Education (English) PGCE
This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach English at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.
The award is offered at two levels. Both are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses:
- Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course. Successful completion of which will lead to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)*.
The course aims to develop an understanding of the specialist subject in the context of the National Curriculum, the principles involved in the teaching and learning of the subject across the full age and ability range and the professional values and practice, subject knowledge and understanding commensurate with the particular subject specialism. This includes how children learn and how they develop cognitively, socially and physically and the understanding, skills and personal qualities necessary for managing the learning environment.
All trainees undertake a module concerned with the wider context of schools and education. This develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for your first teaching post in a secondary school. It also builds a foundation for further professional development. Elements of this module include both whole cohort keynote lectures and seminars, many of which are led by mixed groups of trainees supported by tutors. This allows you to meet the Teacher Standards by making secure connections between issues in school and your own professional practice.
* The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation. You can check online for the latest information.
What you'll study
The course provides an understanding of English, for age phases 11-16 or 11-18, in relation to the National Curriculum and other frameworks. This includes seminars and workshops on:
- learning theory
- developing reading
- speaking and listening skills
- poetry and fiction
- promoting literary and non-literary reading and writing.
Students engage with:
- media studies
- lesson planning
- schemes of work assessment
- special educational needs.
You will gain an appreciation of models of English teaching, classroom management, a range of teaching and learning strategies, assessment in English and the 14-19 curriculum.
You will need:
a good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach; and
GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade 4 or equivalent. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered.
- an interview; and
- a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
- a Prohibition Order check; and
- a satisfactory health check;
- Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy (pass); and
- two references - one academic and one vocational; and
- It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you wish to gain some experience prior to your application you can arrange this online.
In exceptional circumstances applicants may be considered who do not have a strong degree match, but who have other relevant qualifications, including an A-level in the subject and extensive professional experience. We do not accept Ordinary degrees. The key consideration is if you are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject that is commensurate with graduate level understanding.
After interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level subject knowledge may be offered a place on the course, dependent on successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in that subject prior to commencing their teacher training year.
If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate.
This secondary English teaching degree is based around five modules which are core to all trainees. Despite this the course is designed to be flexible, allowing you to undertake some credit-bearing modules at either level 6 or masters level, allowing you a significant amount of choice in identifying the focus of your study within modules in order to meet your own development needs and appropriate to the context of your professional practice placements.
Trainees on the courses will complete 120 credit-points full-time over a school academic year. This spreads their total study hours over a longer period that that of a university academic year. Additionally, the professional focus of the courses will mean that much learning will take place in schools.
The curriculum has been organised so that you will gain substantial support for the study of all modules at the start of the course through front-loaded University-based sessions, before your placements begin. The Learning and Teaching in the Subject module will largely be completed in this period, meaning that you will have clarity about academic expectations and your tutors will have an insight into required support. The other modules will be completed at different stages during the year to ensure both reasonable workload and to allow for the progressive impact of the Learning and Teaching in the Subject and Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context modules (underpinned by the Skills of Enquiry module which is assessed across these two modules) on the Secondary Education Independent Study and Secondary Professional Practice modules which run right until the end of the courses.
- Secondary Professional Practice (0 credits)
- Learning and Teaching in the Subject (20 credits)
- Secondary Skills of Enquiry (20 credits)
- Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context (20 credits)
- Secondary Education Independent Study (60 credits)
University-based modules: Learning and Teaching in the Subject, and Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context, are assessed at the end of the modules with reflection against the Teacher Standards. You will also conduct a piece of research-based, professional enquiry within the classroom, which is assessed by a formal written report and presentation of findings. A separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.
School or college experience is central to the PGCE degree and at least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least two different secondary schools or colleges. During the first phase, two days of school or college experience each week for three weeks are spent in school leading up to a six-week block placement. Trainee teachers are gradually given more responsibility and increase their contribution in both the classroom and to the corporate life of the school.
The second phase begins with a two day, weekly attachment for the first three weeks of the spring term, leading up to the final assessed 13-week block placement. In both placements the training programme is planned by mentors to allow progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Students are formally observed on a regular basis by their subject mentor as well as receiving a number of visits from the University, to monitor their progress, support their development and undertake their assessment.
Home students can apply for a student loan for tuition and maintenance fees. In addition students may be eligible for maintenance or special support grants.
- Bursaries up to £15,000 are available to train to teach English.
- Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,250 (Whole course)||Home/EU||1 Years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 13,900 (Whole course)||International||1 Years|
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