English Literature

PGCE Secondary (English)

Year of entry

Year of entry 2018-19 - we are currently refreshing the course for 2018-19. The details below will give you an idea of the type of content covered; please revisit this page later in the year to see the latest information on the updated course.

Applications for 2018 entry will open shortly. Applications are made via UCAS Teacher Training, which opens on 26 October.

(2017 entry is now closed)

The PGCE Secondary (English) course is a rigorous and imaginative, innovative and intensive nine-month course preparing graduates for the challenges and rewards of teaching in the secondary sector. The PGCE English offers candidates the opportunity to inspire young people about English or drama and media.

The aim is to produce a conscious and literate generation that uses drama, media and English to make sense of, and enjoy the world is at the heart of what we do.

You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools.

The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway (and towards London), where you spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching across two contrasting placements.

The course is for people who want to become qualified teachers.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.

PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

Professional Studies

Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

Curriculum Studies

This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.

Enhanced Studies

The module enables you to choose an area of personal interest to you to study this in more depth through a research project based in a school.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to teach in schools as a qualified teacher.

Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place at university on the Canterbury Campus.  The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity.  There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.  Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this programme provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.

 

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 **£11,500
Part-time N/A  N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

 

You will be assessed in two main ways via academic assignments and assessment of your teaching.

You will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to your chosen subject options.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

There is an expectation at application and at interview that potential English teachers will be well read and enthusiastic about literature beyond their degree(s); there should be strong engagement with and knowledge of at least two of the genres: prose fiction, poetry or drama.

Applicants should be aware also of the multi­dimensional nature of the English classroom (i.e. drama, media, film, linguistics, grammar, phonics, speaking and listening etc.) and the potential this offers to teachers. There will be an expectation that applicants should be able to demonstrate a well-prepared and current knowledge of English curriculum content, as well as an awareness of educational changes, proposals and development’s and the implications these might have for the teaching of English.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training for the September 2017 intake.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • 2243

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year

Starts

  • Sept 2017

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) where English is at least 50% of the content. Applicants applying with a related but non-English specific degree such as drama, media, creative writing or performing arts will be required to have an A level in English or English Literature* at grade B or above, and a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) degree.

    English and Maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent, and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.

    A commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be, with a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a UK secondary school. If you cannot spend the full 10 days in a secondary school prior to application we can still consider your application as long as you have spent 5 days in a secondary classroom. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course the additional 5 days would be a condition of your offer and would need to be undertaken prior to starting on the course.

    *Where applicants falls short of the English degree requirement, it will be recommended that an MA in English or MA in English Literature be undertaken before applying for the PGCE. While we realise this is a further commitment of time and finance in the short-term, this will secure your English teaching profile for the longer term and enhance opportunities for promotion at a later stage. An MA can usually be undertaken either part-time or full-time and can enable this to be combined with further school experience, strengthening a future application

Location

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Events

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Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day

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