Taught course

PGCE English (QTS)

Middlesex University London · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

We normally require a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above supported by a strong A Level in English language or literature or equivalent
Further requirements
The following requirements are set out in the Initial Teacher Training Criteria document. You must have:
GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics or be retaking them this year. We also accept the equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS
been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check
To strengthen applications, it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England.

Months of entry


Course content

Language is at the heart of everything we do. It sustains thought; it provides clarity of instruction and develops community. As an excellent communicator, this is your chance to strengthen young people's English skills through writing, reading, and spoken language. Whether chairing a lively debate or navigating a class through a complex Shakespeare extract, or developing authentic writing for real audiences, you will become an inspiring influence for all pupils.
Why study PGCE English (QTS) at Middlesex University
On the English PGCE course, we are passionate about language and literature in all its forms. We will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to both educate and inspire secondary English pupils. It is not about teaching to the test; teaching is much more than that. Our ambitious curriculum has fully embedded the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training to develop strong English subject knowledge and pedagogy. Through interactive workshops, tutorials andseminars this one-year full-time course enables you to meet the national Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
During your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two complementary secondary schools, acquiring a range of skills in English pedagogy. We have excellent relationships with schools in and outside London and through this highly personalised programme, schools are carefully selected to suit each individual. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support as well as input on the curriculum. We are proud of the comprehensive support we offer our English trainees in every aspect of the course.
The programme provides an understanding of English across all key stages. This includes an in-depth coverage of:
Teaching Literature
Learning theory and cognitive science
Promoting effective reading strategies
Supporting and developing writing
Spoken language
Creative approaches to English teaching
Course highlights
You will learn from experienced and personalised tutors who are subject specialists in their field, as well as other experts from the partnership
English pathway sessions are varied, engaging and offer both theoretical and practical approaches to teach English in the secondary classroom
You could undertake an enhanced placement in a third educational setting, such as a PRU, a SEND school or another setting to cater for your interests and professional development
Dovetails with the excellent Professional Studies offered at Middlesex University
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time students: £9,250

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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