Applicants will normally:
- hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 degree
- have relevant experience in state schools (minimum 10 days) and must have some experience of working with young people
- have GCSE grade C in English Language and Maths
- have to pass the NCTL skills tests in literacy and numeracy
Months of entry
Share and develop your interest in English through teaching, demonstrating the wide range of transferable skills the study of English can provide.
Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.
We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.
Why Study Secondary English (including School Direct) with QTS with us?
The course intends to produce secondary English teachers who are reflective practitioners, who have a love of the subject, and will be:
- enthusiastic and confident in the classroom
- pedagogically skilful and adaptable
- specialists in the teaching of English
- aware of how young people learn English
- knowledgeable across all areas of English – literature and language
- able to see their subject in the context of the whole curriculum, and understand how the skills of English can transfer across all subjects
- competent in a number of areas that cross secondary school curriculum boundaries, and able to see English in the wider context - contributing to pupils' personal, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
- able to work effectively as part of a team
- able to critically examine issues raised within the study of the subject
- prepared for teaching English in the 21st Century
The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements.
Core (University-led) Route
This one-year, full-time course, leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary) from the University of Chester. Successful completion also results in the completion of three M level modules which may be used towards a Master's Degree. All candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can start the course.
While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, credited with delivering "high levels of academic and pastoral care" - Ofsted Report 2016.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Education and Children's Services