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  • UCAS Code: QXXX

    Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time

    Start Dates: September 2021

    Faculty: Education

    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) 1 Published 27 Oct 2020, 11:03

  • 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. 2 Published 27 Oct 2020, 11:03

  • 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 ICT;

    • 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 academic skills;

    • 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 Teacher.

    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 associations. 3 Published 27 Oct 2020, 11:03

  • Modules

    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. 4 Published 27 Oct 2020, 11:03

  • 120 academic credits are studied on the programme in total, in addition to 60 ungraded credits for the Professional Practice modules.


    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 of, courses.


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