Secondary Education (Initial Teacher Training): English, PGCE

Anglia Ruskin University

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This one-year, full-time degree will prepare you to be a subject-specialist English language secondary school teacher working with pupils in the age range 11-16.

Our PGCE is offered at professional graduate and postgraduate level. All entrants register on the professional graduate route initially and then have the opportunity to transfer to the postgraduate route in November.

The main aims of the degree are to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of secondary education and its contemporary issues, and to enable you to meet current professional standards as a practising teacher.

Course content

Throughout your studies you will explore the different ways in which pupils and young people learn, and how you can support this process. You will examine the importance of professional values as well as classroom organisation, and management. Key themes integral to your studies will include working with parents and other professionals, creativity, equality, inclusion and ICT.

In particular this course will focus on developing the pedagogical understanding and professional knowledge to teach your specialist subject to 11?16 year-olds, and will include practical tasks and
activities that can be completed with pupils.

We will provide you with opportunities to reflect on strategies for learning, and teaching, and to develop your subject knowledge as well as consider the latest policies and initiatives. Those trainees following postgraduate certificate will have opportunities to engage in research.

In addition to the University-based training, you will undertake three school placements, where you will be supported by a supervisor from the University and a trained, school-based mentor. Strong links with schools within our region allow us to provide good quality training placements.

Primarily concerned with meeting the professional standards required by the appropriate bodies, this course is also about supporting you in developing the abilities and confidence to become an inspired, and inspiring teacher.

Links are clearly developed between school-based activities, University lectures and workshops. At University, you will work extensively with others pursuing the same subject specialism, and these workshops are led by a subject-specialist tutor. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work in cross-curricular groups for general professional studies.

Associated careers

Following on from this course you will be ideally equipped to enter into the teaching profession as an English teacher, subject to successfully completing the course.


You will be assessed on your practical teaching ability through a series of formal observations throughout the year. These are carried out by the school and are moderated by University tutors. Academic assignments enable you to develop your own subject knowledge, become familiar with the literature and research about teaching your subject. In addition, you will keep a Professional Development Portfolio to provide evidence that you have met the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or equivalent), at least half of which should be in the subject you wish to teach. A GSCE grade C or above for Mathematics and English Language. Satisfactory references, an Enhanced CRB Disclosure, occupational health clearance, and documentary evidence of education qualifications are required. We are happy to consider applications from those who have taken Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) subject enhancement or extension courses.

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