PGCE - Secondary - English
What makes PGCE Secondary English at Worcester so special?
Unique opportunities to:
- Develop your own philosophy for learning and teaching in English
- Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of an experienced English tutor
- Engage in practical workshops with a drama consultant (formerly with the Royal Shakespeare Company)
- Benefit from resources and a bespoke workshop delivered by the National Association of Teachers of English
- Explore progression in learning English through primary school experiences
- Attend a joint Primary and Secondary Reading Conference
- Deliver an ‘A’ level English workshop with your peers at the University Sixth Form Conference
- Explore your vision of purposeful and creative teaching of English with expert guidance
- Enjoy collaborative learning with peers as you develop your own practice
- Develop your own understanding of how to teach English effectively to 11-18 year-olds
- Develop the skills to be a self-reflective classroom practitioner
- Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to have a successful career in teaching
NB: English is offered through both Core and School Direct routes
I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.
Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate
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What qualifications will you need?
- Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, in English Language or Literature, or a very closely related subject
- Grade C/4 at GCSE in English (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
- Grade C/4 at GCSE in Maths (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry
- School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them
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Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk
If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.
You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.
Professional skills tests
All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.
The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.
The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.
Support we offer
We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.
Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding
Specialist Subject Opportunities
Nothing is more valuable than supportive university tutors and school mentors. When faced with challenges I was able to persevere because I knew that they had confidence in me and they equipped me with the skills, advice and knowledge I needed to succeed.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
- School experience in a range of settings.
- Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
- University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
- Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
- Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
- Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
- One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
- Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
- Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
- The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.
Meet the team
Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:
I joined the University of Worcester in September 2013 having had twenty years of experience working in secondary schools up to Head of Department level, as well as an English Adviser and School Improvement Consultant for a Local Authority.
I have extensive experience of working with NQTs and teachers in primary and secondary schools on English, and whole school literacy. I am particularly interested in the scope of speaking and listening in the classroom and how drama can enhance pupils’ reading and writing skills. I spent eight years on the NATE Drama Committee and am currently on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Advisers in English.
I enjoy working alongside trainees who are enthusiastic and creative about English teaching and look forward to meeting you!
English subject leader Trevor has extensive experience of comprehensive-school teaching, mainly at Head of Faculty level. He is also a published author who writes novels as well as books about teaching. How to be a Brilliant English Teacher (Routledge) is the best-selling book on secondary English teaching in the UK and is on reading-lists all over the world. How to be a Brilliant Trainee Teacher is also very popular.
The support from both my Professional Studies Mentor and Subject Mentor at university was superb. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and they were on hand, no matter what time of day, to listen and offer sound advice.
Where could it take you?
- Great employment prospects (94% in 2016)
- Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
- Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
Kathryn - NQT 2015/16
"There's so much to learn when training to be a teacher. The English course at Worcester provided me with the relevant tools to prepare me for the career I am now undertaking, and I will always be grateful for all I learnt during the year.
"I have adapted and moulded my own practice from the PGCE course and I know there is always a support network available, should I need any advice or guidance in the future.
"I couldn't recommend this course enough."
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How much will it cost?
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £12,100 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Teacher training funding
You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.
Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18: Up to £15000 available to train to teach English.
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.
We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.
In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS Teacher Training
UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses
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You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.
The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.
The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.
For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement
Not sure about your subject knowledge?
Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography
Find out about the bursary.