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The University of Wolverhampton

PGCESecondary Education English

Why choose this course?

  • 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.
  • Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age range.

  • 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 post-16 enhancment, 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.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • One of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education .A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment.
  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement booster courses.
  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support.
  • State of the art Education and Teaching building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

Career path

  • 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.

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.
  • If successful, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which represents 60 Masters-level credits,.
  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status. You will also be helped to find your first post in school. The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. You will have the opportunity to change pupils’ lives and have a real impact on the work of English departments in the region through your involvement with the course.
  • Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.

  • Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

  • Access to high quality, bespoke a subject knowledge enhancement booster course.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.

Entry requirements

  • 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 2:1 or above 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 will be required to provide evidence of your original degree qualifcation.
    • GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent (Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations & be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification). You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.
    • 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.
    • 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:

o give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it

o explore your subject strengths and areas for development

o assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English

o arrange a partnership school visit as necessary

o assess knowledge and understanding of National Curriculum for Physical Education in schools

o answer all of your question

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.

Please note that:

Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.

You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

We wish you every success with your application.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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