Taught course

Secondary Education with QTS - English

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

English and Mathematics at GCSE level at Grade 'C' or above, or equivalent. A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in English Language or Literature is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2:1 honours degrees. We also consider applicants with degrees in related subjects such as Media, Film Studies and Drama if supported by strong A-levels in English and/or Literature. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. For detailed selection criteria, please see the course listing page of the university website.

Months of entry


Course content

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard.

We believe that experience is not enough - what is vital is to be able to unpick and reflect on experiences. You'll deconstruct classroom learning activities into their constituent parts, and then build them up again and implement them in the classrooms. Your personal tutor will meet with you throughout the year to discuss your progress, and your subject mentor will support your development at your placement.

Fees and funding

Teacher training bursaries and postgraduate loans are available for all our PGCE courses. See our PGCE student finance page for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Enquiry Centre
0845 606 1144