An honours degree in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% English content and a classification of at least 2:1. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.
Months of entry
Why take this course?
The PGCE course in English trains you to provide students with the means to communicate effectively in a complex twenty-first century. In addition, it encourages the potential for creative and personal responses to a range of fictional and real-life situations.by analysing and reflecting upon a diverse range of print-based texts, including drama and poetry.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Undertake placements with our network of experience training schools
- Train in classroom management techniques as you study the theory underpinning them
- Develop your subject knowledge
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) which means that successful completion of the PGCE in English will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.
Please apply for this course through UCAS Teacher Training. You'll need the training code Q3X1.
The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement
- ICT in the classroom
- Lesson Planning
- Classroom management
- Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning English
- Special Needs and Inclusion
- Teaching and assessment
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.
You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.
The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.
The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.
In each term you will be assessed on:
- The development of your teaching skills
- A formal assignment
- An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge
Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.
Career opportunities within teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. After a few years of teaching, relatively recently qualified teachers are able to gain promotion (responsibility) points for leadership within their subject. Alternatively some teachers prefer to pursue a pastoral route and may gain promotion to Year Head or other pastoral roles. There are also opportunities to become a Subject Leader, which allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After some experience of middle management successful teachers may progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.
At the end of the training period, more than 90% of the trainees went into full-time employment in schools within the Portsmouth University Partnership.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Team
- 023 9284 5566