Taught course

PGCE Secondary English

The University of Manchester · School of Environment, Education and Development

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects.
  • Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of English / English Literature in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have an A-level in either English Language or English Literature at grade B or above.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

PGCE Secondary (English) will train you to teach secondary English in the UK across the 11 to 16 or 11 to 18 age range, including the National Curriculum, GCSE and A-level.

It also includes drama, media and information and communication technology.

Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).

University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching methods and are taught by tutors with expertise in teaching in schools and colleges and examining KS4/GCSE and AS/A-level English.

We will help you to transform your subject knowledge into teaching skills and educational theory into practice.

We also use the expertise of experienced teachers from our partnership schools to complement the teaching of University-based sessions.

This includes sessions led by subject mentors, who will help you develop your subject knowledge and provide advice about teaching methods.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
+44 (0)161 543 4710