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What makes PGCE - Secondary - English at Worcester special?

Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

Unique opportunities to:

  • Develop your own philosophy for learning and teaching in English
  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of three experienced English tutors
  • Engage in current debates in English pedagogy
  • Benefit from resources and a bespoke workshop delivered by the National Association of Teachers of English
  • Attend two lectures at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Cost: £20) and free entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
  • Talk to book reviewers of young adult fiction and get up to date guidance on reading resources
  • Enjoy two creative writing sessions
Overview

Overview

Key features

  • 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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) (for 2022 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency Test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsB@worc.ac.uk 

Additional requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check. You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS in the summer term. You will need to pay for this.  You may already be part of the DBS update service. Find out about the update service here. As part of the DBS process you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List.
  • A check against the Prohibition List.
  • 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.
  • An online occupational health check. All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education.
  • International students: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

Other information

  • 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.
  • Interviews will be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.

All applications for PGCE should be made via the Government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Additional useful information is available on the Government's Get Into Teaching website.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Experience space and time to work collaboratively with peers to explore aspects of teaching English language and literature.
  • Participate in focused taught sessions, suggested reading and activities to undertake with peers in sessions.
  • Watch the tutor model how to teach aspects of the curriculum and have the opportunity to reflect on this in light of your own practice and experiences.
  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • Extend confident subject knowledge and an understanding of how pupils learn.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Engage in two practical drama workshops
  • Opportunity to engage with the subject association (National Association of Teachers of English), receive a bespoke workshop and free resources.
  • Visit an educational bookshop to explore up to date reading resources for 11 to 18-year-olds.
  • Receive academic lectures on one Shakespeare play and staging craft at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
  • Observe the teaching of English in a SEND setting and an EAL department.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Learn the expectations, standards and behaviours which are appropriate to the profession and the wider responsibilities of a teacher.
  • Be informed by the research and evidence about effective teaching at a general level before applying this knowledge to subject-specific approaches.
  • Develop adaptive teaching strategies to respond to the unique needs in a range of contexts, leveraging the diversity inherent in schools.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: PSHE and Citizenship, Developing a Second Subject, English as an Additional Language, Education in Climate Emergency, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Research in Education or Technology Enhanced Learning.  In addition we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme 

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to ECT (Early Career Teacher) and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

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.

Helena, Trainee Teacher

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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Teaching approach

  • 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
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Assessment

  • 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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Louise Beattie

Louise Beattie English SL Louise is the PGCE secondary subject lead for English. She spent over 10 years in secondary education culminating in the role of Head of English in a large secondary school before moving into a Local Authority position as Secondary English Adviser for 11 years.

Louise Beattie English SL Louise is the PGCE secondary subject lead for English. She spent over 10 years in secondary education culminating in the role of Head of English in a large secondary school before moving into a Local Authority position as Secondary English Adviser for 11 years.

She joined Worcester University as a senior lecturer in 2013 and since 2017 has been the subject lead. Having already gained a Master’s qualification in Education and Leadership, she focused on developing her writing for publication. She has co-authored two books with a primary colleague and contributed chapters to a book on subject mentoring. She recently published an article in Social Learning Relationships in Primary Schools. She is a fellow of the HEA.

Anita Iddon

Anita Iddon

Anita Iddon English Anita is a member of the PGCE Secondary English tutor team. She is an experienced English teacher who has enjoyed teaching for 34 years working in a variety of roles across two schools in Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire.

She has substantial experience working as a Lead English teacher, Head of English and an Advanced Skills teacher for Worcestershire affording the opportunity to liaise closely with many schools. Her most rewarding role for a number of years was that of ITT subject mentor; leading to her joining the Secondary Team as an associate lecturer in 2017 and then appointed as a permanent part-time PGCE English tutor in 2019.

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Bronwen Duggan

Bronwen is a member of the PGCE Secondary English tutor team. She spent 22 years in secondary education, before moving to a career in ITTE. During her time working across three schools, she held various roles including Head of English, whole-school literacy lead and professional mentor for NQTs and trainee teachers. Alongside her responsibilities in school, Bronwen was an examiner for AQA and WJEC.

As part of her tutor role also has responsibilities in co-planning and delivering the professional studies programme and is the link tutor for the Prince Henry South Worcestershire SCITT. She is currently working towards PG Cert qualification interrogating the authenticity of peer feedback; a research-informed action plan for ensuring robust peer feedback.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Great employment prospects
  • 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
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £14,100 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 have a disability.

Some courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, trips, 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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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.

Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food), French.

Find out about the bursary.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply now

Applications for PGCE courses should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Louise Beattie

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