Taught course

English - Pathfinder Consortium

University of York · Department of Educational Studies

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Entry requirements

We welcome applications from all people, whatever their background, who possess a good academic profile (including an undergraduate degree), have some recent/current experience of working with young people, particularly in classroom contexts, and who already have a strong interest in education. We are looking for people who have excellent communication skills (spoken and written) and who are organised, reflective and adaptable.

Months of entry


Course content

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School, an outstanding academy which is situated close to the city centre and the University of York. The alliance is made up of a host of both primary and secondary schools in and around York, all of which have strong foundations in teacher training and with the University of York. We are committed to outstanding teacher training and our experienced mentors and staff will ensure that you receive excellent provision.

Visits and enquiries to the teaching alliance would be most welcome.

The University of York Department of Education is working with The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance to provide School Direct training in the following subjects:

Our English PGCE programme prepares you to become an effective, creative and reflective teacher of English. The course integrates theory and practice both on school placements and in university sessions. Sessions at University, which are of a highly practical and interactive nature, are led by tutors with current and recent school experience; they are closely linked to a programme of classroom experience in our Partnership schools. All aspects of your training are focused around supporting you to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

As the course progresses, you will learn how to apply your existing subject knowledge to secondary English classrooms and have opportunities to develop further your subject knowledge, focusing on some of the requirements of A’ Level English Literature and English Language as well as exploring how Drama, Media and ICT can enhance your professional toolkit. Key issues for teachers such as effective behaviour management, meeting the needs of a diverse pupil population and assessing pupil learning are focused on in specific training sessions but also threaded through the programme to ensure your professional knowledge and skills are well developed by the end of your initial teacher training year.During the course you will have opportunities to refine your professional expertise and pursue areas of emerging interest so that your training is a truly tailored experience. Throughout the course you will benefit from a strong system of mentoring in Partnership schools and individualised pastoral support from University Tutors.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322524