Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education: English

University of Wolverhampton · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You will need an enthusiasm for the written word and an appreciation of how language and images are used in imaginative, diverse and original ways. You will be an enthusiastic reader of literary and non-literary texts, with a desire to pass on your enthusiasm to learners of all abilities. Preferably, you will have studied texts that are part of the English literary heritage as well as those from different cultures and traditions. In addition you will need: An honours degree in English or a degree which is at least 66% English (a first or a 2:1 is expected). In exceptional circumstances and dependant on an audit of subject knowledge, applications from candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit (for example those with creative writing, journalism or media degrees).

You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this. GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level two numeracy (level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent).

Excellent written and oral communication skills A good understanding of the structure of English and of linguistic and literary concepts Good personal ICT skills Interview and Selection Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination. The main purpose of the interview is to: explore your subject strengths and areas for development assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English arrange a partnership school visit as necessary answer all of your questions

Months of entry


Course content

  • If you have a passion for language and the exploration of ideas through all forms of written and verbal media and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.
  • The aim of the English course is to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ language development and who understand how to ensure progression in pupils’ written, reading and oral skills so that they develop into skilled and critical readers, writers and speakers. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Institute of Education
0800 953 3222