Taught course

Secondary English

Middlesex University · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

Relevant degree (2:2 minimum), English and mathematics to GCSE grade C or equivalent required. Applications through GTTR.

Months of entry


Course content

The Middlesex PGCE Secondary English course equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will
* Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
* Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
* Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively to Secondary School students
* Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary English curriculum
* Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.

The first part of the course focuses on a variety of skills and knowledge in the teaching of English in the classroom. The second part consolidates that learning but also addresses a broader range of issues, both in the school and in society. The subject programme includes four interrelated elements which focus on the school and classroom, language literature and communication. Key features of the programme of subject studies include
* The media aspects of English
* An exploration of support for language and learning needs
* Drama within English.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary English course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2010, the PGCE Secondary course at Middlesex was awarded a Grade 1 in training, and overall was rated Good with Outstanding Features. This supplements the Grade 1 for management and quality assurance awarded in 2007. This is an outstanding result for such a diverse provider of teacher training and ensures growth in numbers in the years to come.

Information for international students

The UK QTS is only gained after 1 year of school induction following the PGCE course. Overseas students may do the PGCE but if QTS is required, they would need a work permit before doing the induction course. Full overseas fees will apply.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment34
Professional practice66

Course contact details

Ross Cotter
+44 (0)20 8411 5555
+44 (0)20 8411 5649