The University requires all applicants for PGCE programmes to demonstrate that they meet the national entry requirements, as set out by the Department for Education. One of these requirements is that the applicant has achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science, and have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy. A lower second class (2:2) single honours degree in English or an upper second class (2:1) degree where English is 50% of the content. Applicants applying with a related but non-English specific degree such as drama, media, creative writing or performing arts will be required to have an A level in English or English Literature at grade B or above, and a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) degree. Where applicants falls short of the English requirement for qualification, it will be recommended that an MA in English or MA in English Literature be undertaken before reapplying for the PGCE. While we realize this is a further commitment of time and finance in the short-term, this will secure an applicants English teaching profile for the longer term and enhance opportunities for promotion at a later stage. An MA can usually be undertaken either part-time or full-time and can enable this to be combined with further school experience, strengthening a future application. All applicants are required to have undertaken a minimum of ten days recent and relevant school experience prior to applying. For the 11-18 course, applicants should gain experience in a state secondary school English department. Work as a Teaching Assistant in an English department or substantial experience teaching TEFL or teaching English in an International primary or secondary school will be viewed also as strongly contributing to the application. There is an expectation at application and at interview that potential English teachers will be well-read and enthusiastic about literature beyond their degree(s); there should be strong engagement with and knowledge of at least two of the genres: prose fiction, poetry or drama. Applicants should be aware also of the multi-dimensional nature of the English classroom (i.e. drama, media, film, linguistics, grammar, phonics, speaking and listening etc.) and the potential this offers to teachers. There will be an expectation that applicants should be able to demonstrate a well-prepared and current knowledge of English curriculum content, as well as an awareness of educational changes, proposals and development’s and the implications these might have for the teaching of English.
Months of entry
The 7-14 PGCE in English is a rigorous and imaginative, innovative and intensive nine month programme preparing graduates for the challenges and rewards of teaching. You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools. The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway, where you spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching across two contrasting placements.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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