UCAS Code: QXXX
Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates: September 2021
Location: Edge Hill University
Successful completion of the programme leads to
recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
This PGCE will equip you with a range of academic,
professional and vocational knowledge, understanding,
skills and values necessary to become a high quality and
skilled teacher of English.
The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical
skills as well as providing practical experience in planning
effective lessons and learning strategies. Hands-on
classroom experience, and opportunities will further your
own subject knowledge and introduce you to a wide
range of exciting, innovative and interactive methods,
including the use of Drama and ICT, to develop secondary
school students’ understanding and use of English, and
their literary knowledge.
Discover how to develop the literary knowledge and appreciation of secondary school
pupils aged 11-16 as you learn innovative approaches to teaching English and gain
Qualified Teacher Status.
International Students Can Apply Professional Practice Placements Professional Accreditation
PGCE Secondary English with QTS (11-16)
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If you are a graduate and want to develop the literary
knowledge and appreciation of secondary school pupils
aged 11 to 16, this is the programme for you.
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Course in Depth
What will I study?
You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and
understanding audit. This will identify your main
strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus
on your individual development needs.
During 12 weeks of study on campus, you will develop:
• Knowledge of essential educational theory;
• Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching
and assessment methods, including group work,
role play and focussed literacy sessions;
• Strategies to encourage students' understanding
and use of English, including using drama, film and
• Understanding of the curriculum;
• Ability to plan lessons effectively, incorporating
lively, interactive techniques to help students
develop confidence and self-esteem;
• Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools
and software used in schools;
• Greater subject knowledge and professional and
• Wider awareness of your role within the teaching
profession through study of professional values.
How will I study?
A combination of academic study, group discussion and
reflection, presentations and simulations, and practical
work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the
knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and
innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a
reflective and critically analytical approach to education.
You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools,
colleges and other settings, putting your training into
practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for
classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to
further your professional development. The focus initially
is on observation and supporting teaching and learning.
Your teaching timetable will increase as your training
progresses and you become more confident and
competent in the classroom.
How will I be assessed?
A balanced combination of coursework and observed
classroom experience will be assessed against academic
criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other
tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and
other areas of English.
Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a
Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts
as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training
programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified
Who will be teaching me?
Friendly, supportive tutors from across the Faculty of
Education, including English specialists, Drama experts
and ICT practitioners, to give you a thorough knowledge
of current methods of teaching English, and guidance in
the practical application of that knowledge.
A Great Study Environment
The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of
teacher education for more than 130 years and today
enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country's
leading providers of education, training and research for
the children's workforce.
Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of
Education's facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre,
five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms
complete with the latest technology.
The Faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based
learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000
schools and colleges, local authorities and professional
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SEN4010: Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in English (30 credits)
Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in English prepares you to become an outstanding teacher with the
desire and capability to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy in order to enhance the learning of
pupils throughout your future teaching career. The module has a joint academic and professional focus and is centred
on strands such as enhancing your subject knowledge, developing curriculum knowledge, examining subject pedagogy
and its application to practice, linking your training to school improvement via dissemination in placement settings, and
critically reflecting on practice.
SEN4011: Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in English (30 credits)
Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in English enables you to consider effective teaching in English through
the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of English in the
curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the
planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on
evaluation and review, which lies at the heart of ongoing professional development.
SEN4012: Research and Practice in English (30 credits)
Research and Practice in English provides an opportunity to individualise and extend your learning through
engagement with areas of particular interest, expertise and/or identified areas for development within English
education. The module will enable you to engage in relevant classroom-based research in order to make informed
judgements and decisions which impact on teaching and learning. These research outcomes will not only improve your
individual practice but will also benefit the educational settings in which the research is conducted. The module
presents the scope for this research to take place in a variety of educational settings and to reflect current and
emerging educational policies and initiatives.
SRP4001: Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits)
Reflective Professional Practice clearly links reflective based practice with theory to engage you with the main areas
of debate within the evolving policies and practices of the educational world and enable you to apply what you learn
from this to your practice. The aim is for you to become a reflective practitioner in line with the Teachers' Standards
(2012). The module will encourage you to apply and develop your understanding of the links between professional
development and theory while also consolidating within you the holistic professionalism of a training teacher.
SRP4002: Professional Practice 1 (30 credits)
Professional Practice 1 is a school-based module which introduces you to practical aspects of the role of a teacher. The
focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning as you engage in teaching commitments in line
with your individual training needs. You will progress to undertake approximately 50% of a full teaching timetable and
develop responsibilities for planning, teaching and assessing learners. Regular self-target setting and reflection,
supported by practice-based mentors, are key features of the module.
SRP4003: Professional Practice 2 (30 credits)
Professional Practice 2 provides a final phase to your professional practice in a different educational setting to that of
your previous placement. The module takes place in a school which will provide the necessary progression and
consolidation of your skills as you undertake approximately 70% of a full teaching timetable. The aim is for you to
become autonomous in your needs and targets, ready to graduate as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
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120 academic credits are studied on the programme in total, in addition to 60 ungraded credits for the Professional
Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive
your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure
that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are
subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation