Taught course

PGCE English

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required. Preference will be given to those with a first or second class degree, but you may be considered with a lower classification if you also have a Master's or doctoral degree. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of their creative practice at interview.Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to, and enjoyment of, working with children and young people. This may be through voluntary work with young people and, ideally, some experience in schools.All applicants to Secondary PGCE programmes must have GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent and are also required to pass the QTS skills tests.Further information about the Enhanced Disclosure check, QTS skills tests and any related fees that you will need to pay will be provided in our offer letter, if your application to UCL is successful. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will introduce students to the broad scope of English as a curriculum subject, including media and drama, across the 11–16 age range. Along with practical knowledge and an understanding of English methods, the PGCE offers perspectives on the role of language in learning, the teaching of literacies and literature, the principles of syllabus design and evaluation, and the assessment and recording of pupils’ progress.

The UCL Institute of Education's partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.

UCL IOE is the largest English PGCE programme in the country, allowing students to benefit from a team of tutors with unparalleled expertise in the subject. Students will also be able to develop supportive peer networks, sharing ideas and resources.

Sessions at the IOE are interactive and students will participate in a range of group and individual activities, some of which involve collaboration with schools and other organisations including the Globe and the British Film Institute.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.

Course contact details

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