University of Chichester

Secondary English (PGCE)

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training. Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.

The English route is designed to produce reflective, analytical and effective classroom practitioners.

The course will build upon prior experience to equip trainees with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of English language and literature across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum and to A level.

The two subject study modules, which are based at the university’s Bognor Regis campus, are complemented by a Professional Studies programme, also at Bognor Regis.

Entry requirements

Typically, candidates will have an honours degree with a classification of 2.2 or above. At least fifty per cent of the degree content will have been in English.

All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

Course modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

Fees

DBS check
PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience
Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years

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