Taught course

PGCE Secondary: English with Media

Goldsmiths, University of London · Educational Studies

Entry requirements

Please see our PGCE entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

  • English and Media Studies are both subjects which seek to develop confident, articulate, critical, creative readers and writers of a range of texts. You will learn about how schools can value students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds and draw on these to enhance their understanding of the media and English core curriculum.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn at the English and Media Centre, where much of this programme’s teaching will take place.
  • You will gain an understanding of the different media-related courses taught across Keystage (KS) 4 and 5 and develop your media production skills. You will observe expert teachers tackling key issues in media and cultural studies related to semiotics, genre, narrative, representation (gender and race), audience, media industries, ideology, and post-modernism and begin teaching these academic ideas on school placement.
  • In English, you will explore how to apply your knowledge of all kinds of texts to the classroom situation. This will include a focus on novels, poetry, drama, non-fiction and speaking and listening. You will also develop your understanding of language, including aspects of grammar, spelling and vocabulary, all supported by the English and Media Centre’s range of publications.
  • You will develop an understanding of how learning progresses through KS3 and KS4 and how students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge in the GCSE exams for English Language and English Literature.
  • In your school placements, you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practice gaining teaching experience at KS3 and KS4, including GCSE teaching, alongside observing expert teachers and engaging in weekly subject-focused dialogue with your mentor. Should you wish, there will also be the opportunity to experience English teaching at KS5.

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7078 5300