Taught course

Secondary English

Institution
University of Bedfordshire · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check School-based experience You must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in the subject for which you are applying to teach or a degree of which at least 50% is in that subject A levels in the subject and/or related subjects are desirable Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 All applicants should have recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school in the phase for which they are applying All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Months of entry

September

Course content

Key features

    • Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an imaginative and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
    • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary English, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing teaching literature, language, drama and media; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
    • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
    • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
    • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
    • The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region which means that we are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education.
  • The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region which means that we are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education.

    You will acquire knowledge and experience of teaching Literature, English Language, Drama, and Media Studies in creative and imaginative ways. Knowledge of the canon of poetry, plays and novels are necessary to be able to deliver the curriculum.

    You should be familiar with classic works as well as a range of modern fiction, non-fiction, multimodal texts and poetry suitable for all ages. Language and literature are rapidly changing to accommodate the post-modern pressures of a broadband age and you are expected to have knowledge of new emerging genres and other virtual areas where young people are creative with reading and writing.

    You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits

About the course

Develop as a highly qualified, creative and confident teacher of literature, English language, drama and media studies, putting theory into practice as you gain specialist knowledge and skills in imaginative ways of teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Career opportunities

Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.

Ares of study may include:

    • The Professional Teacher
    • The Reflective Teacher*
    • The Research Informed Teacher*
    • The Subject Specialist (Secondary English)
  • *denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level

Information for international students

Students who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have average score of 6.0 IELTS, including an individual score of at least 6.0 on each of the four areas.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admission@beds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1234 793 279