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PGCE Secondary with English

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

9 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

English Language Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our Secondary English PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Our staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of English teaching. We train you to be critical and creative, and to become educational leaders in your own right!

Overview

The PGCE English course has a national reputation for excellence, and its trainees are popular recruits to schools all over the country. It is run by tutors who are enthusiastic about English teaching and who relish the opportunity to work with the next generation of English teachers.

The course is active and participatory, placing considerable emphasis on working collaboratively with others and learning together. We expect you to take a high level of responsibility for your own professional learning and the course includes both taught seminars and workshops and directed or independent study activities which allow your professional learning to be tailored to your needs and interests. In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with the broader professional field related to English, such as working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, meeting children’s authors, and being involved with national or regional arts-based projects.

The course is informed by research in the Centre for Research in Writing, giving you first-hand access to the latest research on classroom practice in English.

Learning and assessment

By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements.

Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.

You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.

Modules

Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the standards of professional competence which trainees must demonstrate in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)

£19,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Most successful applicants have 2:1 degrees in English (Literature or Language), Linguistics, Drama, Cultural/Media Studies, Film or Journalism. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. For Drama, Media Studies, Film and Journalism, we also require a good A level English grade (or equivalent). Combined-honours degrees are welcome: here we look at the balance of English to the other subject/s, and also look for a high A level English grade if the English element is less than 50%. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applicants with degrees in other Humanities or Social Sciences. In these cases, it is helpful if several modules in that degree are strongly relevant to English (e.g. literature or language focused). A high grade in A level English literature or language is required if the degree route is less conventional, and in any case, a secure and broad knowledge of English literature and language is important. Successful applicants will have a strong academic track record and will be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching English. They will possess a high level of individuality, independence and initiative alongside a commitment to developing learners who are creative and critical students of English. In addition, they will be able to build strong and effective relationships with students and professional colleagues and will have good interpersonal skills.