- The PGCE in Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.
- There has been 100% employment rate for all finishers since the course started in 2001.
- In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
a) a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
b) a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
c) a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)
- Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
- Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.
- 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).
A training bursary of £9,000 wil be available for trainees with a first class honours degree and a £4,000 bursary for those with a 2:1. There will be no bursary for those with a 2:2 or lower.
- 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 be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department firstname.lastname@example.org 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 where you are required to sit a short 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 as necessary
- answer all of your questions
Please view further information regarding interview preparation
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.