Taught course

Secondary English

Institution
Middlesex University · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

  • You need at least a 2.2 Bachelor honours degree in a subject relevant to your chosen subject area
  • Level 3 qualification in English Language or English Literature.
  • You must also have a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths
  • We also accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers if the testing arrangements have been approved by the ITT team at Middlesex. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills.
Further requirements

It is recommended that you undertake at least two weeks' work experience within a Secondary English classroom before applying.

To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and complete a placement form. Further details will be sent to you once you receive an offer.

Academic credit for previous study or experience

If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

Interviews

Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us.

Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date.

For more information on how to prepare or book a professional skills test, please visit our advice page.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Language is at the heart of everything we do. It sustains thought, development and community. As an excellent written and verbal communicator, this is your chance to strengthen young people's English skills through writing, reading, speaking and listening. Whether chairing a lively debate or navigating a class through a complex Shakespeare extract, you'll be an inspiring influence for pupils from all backgrounds.

Why study PGCE Secondary Education English at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex University, we are passionate about language and literature in all its forms. Combining your enthusiasm for literature and communication with the educational theory and practice offered on this course, our team of experienced English teachers will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to both educate and inspire secondary English pupils. Through interactive workshops, tutorials, lectures and debates, this one-year full-time course enables you to meet and exceed the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status.

During your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools and have the chance to acquire skills in the pedagogy of English teaching and in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. We have excellent relationships with schools in and outside London and in this highly personalised programme, schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.

The course includes interrelated elements that focus on the school and classroom, language, literature and communication. Key areas addressed during the course include the teaching of literature, media aspects of English; an exploration of support for language and learning needs; and the role of Drama within English.

Course highlights
  • Many of our graduates have their first teaching job at the schools where they had their placement
  • The diverse teaching placements will enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multi-faith settings, and schools in both rural and urban environments
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Assessment

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

Course contact details

Name
Ross Cotter
Email
enquiries@mdx.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 8411 5555