Taught course

Initial Teacher Training - Media Studies: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You will need:
  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree ​(or recognised equivalent) in a Media-related discipline e.g. journalism, media studies, film studies, normally with significant content in aspects of English. Media trainees will also be expected to teach English in their school placements and may be placed in an English Department. An A-level or significant degree content in English would be an advantage
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

Months of entry


Course content

This programme prepares you for a rewarding career as a successful and inspirational teacher of Media Studies. You will be provided with opportunities to learn from academics, current practitioners and external speakers who are at the cutting edge of education. Media Studies trainees are taught with English trainees, and the programme prepares you for teaching in both subjects. You will be working with outstanding professionals to explore how teaching and learning enables pupils to apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes of Media Studies, both inside and outside the classroom.

During your training you will focus on various approaches and pedagogies relating to the teaching of Media Studies and English. In doing so, you will learn how to put theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allows you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. In addition to this you will explore the popular and traditional signature pedagogies used in Media Studies and English teaching. The pedagogy sessions will help you form a deeper understanding of the role and nature of Media Studies in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for your subject.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary Media Studies and English students and emphasise active learning and learner-centred teaching. These sessions also fill gaps in knowledge that may be apparent from your first degree. In doing so, the subject knowledge sessions will help prepare you for the necessary broadening of your subject knowledge.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090