You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in the subject area. You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a secondary school (in England or UK) environment. Potential applicants who do not yet have the required experience in a secondary school are encouraged to apply. Subject to successful interview, you may be made an offer conditional on completing the required experience. We are happy to provide guidance and support in organising this for good applicants. Nationally, all secondary initial teacher training courses require GCSE qualifications at grade C (or the equivalent) in Mathematics and English language prior to the start of the course. LJMU provides GCSE Equivalence Tests for applicants who do not hold these qualifications – further information is available at www.ljmu.ac.uk/teaching/gcse.
Months of entry
Course at a glance
Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters Level credits) plus recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- Mix of on-campus and school/college based training
- 92% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good
- LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
- Excellent career opportunities
The PGDE in English programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.
Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, this postgraduate programme also supports the development of your:
- critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
- reflective practice linked to professional development
- practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
- understanding and application of subject knowledge
The programme includes a mix of on-campus and school/college based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course, and this is supplemented with on-line e-learning activities via the university’s Blackboard software. The University element of the programme is based around six modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice
- Subject Pedagogy in English
- Pedagogy in Practice
- Learning Teaching and Assessment
You will spend 120 days in school based training. Here, teaching will predominantly be at Key Stage 3 and 4, although there may be the opportunity to gain experience with Post-16 level. Experienced subject teacher mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partner secondary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partner schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.
Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.
Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.
Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and supplementary schools, vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations, and participation in school and university teaching projects.
Information for international students
LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.
If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.
To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.
Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
- a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
- a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090