Taught course

School Direct Secondary English with Media

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows: UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent) GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent) GCSE Science grade C or above (or equivalent) QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy , A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (London Met health check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. Further details on these requirements: Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of ten working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multicultural and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements please contact our Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

Months of entry


Course content

When you choose to train as a teacher with London Met you join a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career.

Previous students have told us that they were exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who acted as 'critical friends'.

The PGCE English is a postgraduate course for teaching the 11-16 age range but with opportunities to teach post-16.

The fundamental aim of English education in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and by developing their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Focusing on the skills necessary for creating, effective classrooms with high levels of pupil involvement, you will learn the principles of effective English teaching.

The course is run in collaboration with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC consultants will provide all of the course’s subject-based content, drawing on their extensive experience of running CPD for teachers, publishing resources and providing consultancy for schools. Trainees will continue to receive support from a dedicated EMC consultant throughout their school experience.

The course takes advantage of its London locale with reference to experiences of literary and educational significance. Through study, discussion and hands-on teaching in London schools, you will develop knowledge of the ways in which children learn and how to help them develop as fully participating members of society through their ability to use language effectively.

Although an 11-16 course, wherever possible we seek to provide opportunities for post-16 teaching experience.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202