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Education and Training with Teaching English (Literacy) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Education and Training with Teaching English (Literacy) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Reading & Writing (Literacy) Teaching Education Studies Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This course specifically trains teachers wanting to teach English (literacy) in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges, and adult and community settings.

Due to government changes, if you complete this award you may also be able to gain employment in a secondary school setting, particularly in the post-14 age range - subject to the completion of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). It is ideal for graduates wishing to teach their degree subject across a range of settings in the education and training sector.

If you are following the specialist English (literacy) route an additional subject knowledge enhancement module is completed alongside the generic PGCE Education and Training modules. This module will ensure that you are fully conversant with the expectations of teaching English (literacy) within a range of education and training contexts. It will include enquiry-based learning tasks and ensure that you experience the assessment of English (literacy) from the perspective of your students to inform your practice as a teacher.

This course has been developed to embed The Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training, and it combines academic study with substantial placement experience and observation of practice. The structure of this course is designed to develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to fully meet the professional standards of the sector. The one year full-time programme comprises five modules across four key strands (professional skills, research, theory and specialist knowledge). These are delivered across the year to allow understanding, skills and practical application to take place over time. The strands of the programme are delivered concurrently to ensure that you make explicit links between all aspects of your learning.

The course begins with a two week intensive block of teaching that quickly provides you with core strategies and a basic understanding of learning and teaching (L&T). This ensures that you are supported to fully engage with your teaching practice placements from the outset. Following the block teaching you attend your placement setting for three days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and attend taught/ teaching related sessions over the remaining two days per week (Thursday and Friday). You also attend one CPD session per week and additional specialist subject teaching days during the e exception to this pattern is when you undertake two, four-week block placements during which time you are expected to be in your placement setting for the standard working week and engage with all work related activities expected within the teaching practice setting. You also attend two full day conferences alongside trainees from across the partnership.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your knowledge, professional skills and ability to integrate the theoretical and the practical aspects of your experience. Approaches to assessment have been designed to align with professional standards for the sector.

Career opportunities

Appropriate careers are in the full teaching role in learning and skills sector educational contexts. You can go on to work in a variety of professions including further education colleges and training organisations. Some students gain employment in secondary schools or higher education. Other students have taken the opportunity to further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or postgraduate study.


You research an aspect of your practice to develop pedagogic knowledge, and to explicitly link theory to practice in professional educational contexts. This module will also support the development of professional confidence and contribute to the creation of high quality student learning experiences. You develop your understanding of planning, implementing and evaluating an ethical, rigorous and credible piece of practitioner research. You are supported in becoming effective, professional and research informed practitioners, and to confidently execute and disseminate a piece of research.

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Entry requirements

First degree (minimum of a 2:2). In exceptional cases prospective students who do not meet this criterion but are able to demonstrate suitable significant experience and/or further study may be considered for the programme. GCSE (or standard equivalent) in English grade C (4) or above.

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