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Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE - English

Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE - English

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools English Language Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

This intensive and well-supported year of training will prepare you to teach young people in the 11-16 age phases. You will also benefit from additional opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth-form level. This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalizing your journey to Qualified Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the secondary curriculum, including your own specialist subject and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice. You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and wellbeing. Credits from your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year. You will benefit from two contrasting placements in our committed partnership of schools. You will spend two-thirds of your course in both placements.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module introduces you to reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable you to develop an understanding of how to identify issues and develop solutions in professional settings and schools. You will critically explore how children develop physically, socially and as learners. You will critically analyse the language and communication skills and understanding required to operate as an effective teacher. Through completion of a reflective journal during the module you will develop critical, reflective practitioner skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community to challenge and develop your teaching.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree relevant to your subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to their subject specialism). For the citizenship pathway: their degree should be in a subject that includes significant elements of social sciences or humanities subjects, for example politics, history, geography, philosophy, law, sociology and psychology). GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in English and mathematics.

University information

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