Taught course

PGCE Secondary English with Media (Cardinal Pole)

Institution
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Professions
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is strongly supported by postgraduate study at Master's level and relevant work experience.

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Further details

Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:

  • you must take and pass the Professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
  • you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country

Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends:

  • you have a minimum of 10 working days’ recent experience (within the past year) in a school
  • prepare for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other aspects of teaching in urban schools
  • you ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experienceyou may be invited to interview based on information given in your application

Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

Train to teach English with media to 11 to 16-year-olds with our National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited course and begin your fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher. You’ll learn the principles of effective English teaching and how to develop school pupils’ love of literature. A dedicated tutor will provide you with support throughout your training, while school placements will provide you with hands-on practical experience in the classroom. Successful graduates of our PGCE Secondary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary English with Media course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, while also giving you the opportunity to teach at a college level.

You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to promote high standards of language and literacy. This will also help develop school pupils’ love of literature and reading for their own enjoyment.

We run this course in collaboration with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC tutors will provide you with support throughout the course, drawing on their extensive experience of consultancy for schools and running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. You’ll continue to receive support from a dedicated EMC tutor throughout your school experience.

This PGCE course benefits from our London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their English and media skills.

We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.

Although you'll be focused on learning how to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, we seek to provide opportunities for teaching college-aged children wherever possible.

This PGCE course also provides a £1000 bursary in addition to the £9000 teacher training bursary which you may be eligible for.

Assessment

Your assessment will consist of four elements:

  • School placement A
  • School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
  • a Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
  • the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore broader issues and policies related to English and education

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Modular structure

Core modules include:

This is a year long course.

Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:

  • the theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
  • access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
  • sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
  • training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of the these curriculum areas

Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:

  • support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
  • discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
  • understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
  • introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
  • teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

Work placement:

  • 120 days spread across two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools

In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensure your subject knowledge is up-to-date.

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

This intensive PGCE School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds. London Metropolitan University’s students have an excellent rate of finding teaching positions within six months of graduating, with some having gone on to work at schools including Ark Academy, East Barnet School and Kingsford Community School.

Information for international students

If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Fees and funding

UK students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information
International students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200