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University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Secondary Education English - School Direct (Training)

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you have a passion for language and the exploration of ideas through all forms of written and verbal media and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The aim of the English course is to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ language development and who understand how to ensure progression in pupils’ written, reading and oral skills so that they develop into skilled and critical readers, writers and speakers. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

Entry requirements

On all routes, you will need an enthusiasm for the written word and an appreciation of how language and images are used in imaginative, diverse and original ways. You will be an enthusiastic reader of literary and non-literary texts, with a desire to pass on your enthusiasm to learners of all abilities. Preferably, you will have studied texts that are part of the English literary heritage as well as those from different cultures and traditions.

In addition you will need:

  • An honours degree in English or a degree which is at least 66% English (a first or a 2:1 is expected). In exceptional circumstances and dependent on an audit of subject knowledge, applications from candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit (for example those with creative writing, journalism or media degrees).
  • You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/ college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent. Please consult the following guidance on GCSE and equivalent qualifications for entry to initial teacher training courses before applying. If your qualification is not listed please contact us for clarification.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A good understanding of the structure of English and of linguistic and literary concepts
  • Good personal ICT skills

Interview and selection

Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview during which you are required to sit a subject specific interview/ examination.

The main purpose of the interview is to:

  • explore your subject strengths and areas for development
  • assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • arrange a partnership school visit for further assessment
  • answer all of your questions

Course modules

  • In addition to the 24 weeks spent in school, you will attend two main blocks of university teaching in September and January as well as additional days spent in university during the block teaching periods to consolidate your learning.
  • All course modules provide examples of excellent practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets
  • You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

Typical modules may include:

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on selected aspects of your practice.

Programme structure

The School Direct (training) courses and traditional (Core) courses start in September and end in June; the School Direct (salaried) starts in September and runs for the whole school year

The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements, for example: a Child Protection course; a wide range of opportunities for working with pupils with a variety of special educational needs and disabilities; training in teaching pupils with English as an additional language.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools. The University based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.


2018/9 fees for this course have not yet been agreed.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time International 1 Years

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