You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for English. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the English secondary school curriculum.
You’ll learn how to teach both English language and literature, covering subjects such as media, drama, and phonics.
You’ll look at a variety of short texts and poetry – perhaps Wilfred Owen’s poem Exposure or prose such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm – and you’ll focus on how you can turn literature into learning.
During the course, you’ll explore ways to use literature to help improve student’s grasp of the spoken word, their writing skills and numeracy. And, you’ll typically have language lessons to help you develop your skills in areas such as grammar.
You’ll go on a trip to a local art gallery to reflect on art as a stimulus for writing, and have guest lectures from practising English teachers and people working for exam boards.
When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE English group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too.
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
This course is available via University and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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