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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

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

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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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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 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
  • 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable, but not essential

For further information contact l.beattie@worc.ac.uk

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.

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.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have passed or booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the professional skills test pages on Get Into Teaching.

The expertise, energy and enthusiasm of my subject tutor... made the world of difference to me.

Will, 2016

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Course content

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

  • 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 about how pupils learn.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Engage in four practical workshops with a drama consultant (formerly with the Royal Shakespeare Company).
  • Opportunity to engage with the subject association (National Association of Teachers of English), receive a bespoke workshop and free resources.
  • Visit primary schools in groups to explore progression in English.
  • Attend a joint Primary and Secondary Reading Conference.
  • Deliver an ‘A’ level English workshop with your peers at Sixth Form Conference held at the university.
  • Visit an educational bookshop to explore up to date reading resources for 11 to 18 year olds.

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

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (94% in 2016)
  • Receive ongoing professional support from trainee, to NQT, to RQT 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, 2016

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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

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.

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

  • Louise Beattie

    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!

  • Trevor Wright

    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.

Julie, 2016

Careers

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

  • Case study

    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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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

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.

International students

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 course 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 2016/17: Up to £9000 available to train to teach English.

Additional costs

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. 

Accommodation

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.

Apply

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

 

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

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Part-time route

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.

Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Secondary PGCE Office

secondary@worc.ac.uk

Personal Academic Tutor

Louise Beattie
l.beattie@worc.ac.uk  
01905 758538

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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 & textiles), French, geography       

 

Find out about the bursary.