Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education with English

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

English and Maths, GCSE grade C or equivalent and at least a 2:1 degree is required but a 2:2 may be considered. Recent secondary school classroom observation experience. Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

Months of entry


Course content

Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with English is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. English develops an interest in literature, the role of language and this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of English within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. English, through literature and language impacts on our lives and this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills.
The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of English in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils can engage positively with literature and language and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through English. Furthermore, our PGCE English trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g. primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.
We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.
At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Kate Brimacombe
01752 636700 Ext: 5714