English, PGCert (Secondary, Flexible) (Postgraduate Certificate)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
Postgraduate Certificate

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
mixed-mode

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9430

All study options

About English, PGCert (Secondary, Flexible) at Brunel University London

This route to acquiring QTS is aimed at individuals who wish to have existing commitments, qualifications and experience taken into account. After initial screening and interview involving colleagues from local partner schools, a detailed analysis of training needs based on the standards for career entry is carried out, with audits of subject knowledge and information and communication technology (ICT). An appropriate programme is then devised, the length of it depending on the individual's training needs but based on a maximum of seven modules and a minimum of two modules.Entry RequirementsSee Secondary PGCert Admissions Criteria for Initial Screening Processhttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pgcertentry for full details.Course AimsAs a core subject in the National Curriculum, English is at the heart of education in the twenty-first century. Interest in the content and practice of the English curriculum is sharpened further by an increasing awareness of the importance of language in relation to learning and the role of communication in an advanced technological society. English teachers today need more than a solid grounding in the study of literature. They need to be aware of the ways in which children read a vast range of texts in a variety of media; they need to understand how speaking and listening skills are developed; they need to be able to respond to and assess pupils' use of language; they need insight into the needs of very able pupils, those with special educational difficulties and those for whom English is an additional language. Teaching English in the secondary school is a demanding but exciting and worthwhile career that should be rooted in a confident familiarity with the kind of innovative classroom practice to which, as one of our PGCert trainees, you will be immediately introduced. The Brunel PGCert (Secondary) course in English equips you with the skills of subject specialist teaching. It also allows you to gain an understanding of teachers' professional knowledge including the application of Information and Communications Technology.Course ContentStudents talking about their experiences on the PG Cert Course This route to acquiring QTS is aimed at individuals who wish to have existing commitments, qualifications and experience taken into account. After initial screening and interview involving colleagues from local partner schools, a detailed analysis of training needs based on the standards for career entry is carried out, with audits of subject knowledge and information and communication technology (ICT). An appropriate programme is then devised, the length of it depending on the individual's training needs but based on a maximum of seven modules and a minimum of two modules. Training commences at a negotiated time during the academic year and the length will depend on your individualised training programme. Throughout, the programme integrates theory and practice. Full use is made of school experience to develop trainees' professional knowledge to enable you to: consider the nature of your subject and its status and purpose within the secondary school 11-18 curriculum; acquire knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum as well as post-16 syllabuses; develop the ability to select, generate and make appropriate use of a range of resources to promote learning in your subject; apply your knowledge of your subject to the preparation, planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of pupils' work in schools; develop as a creative, reflective and innovative professional, able to meet the challenges presented by educational change; apply your knowledge of your subject to the preparation, planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of pupils' work in schools; develop as a creative, reflective and innovative professional, able to meet the challenges presented by educational change.Modules (all core)General Professional EducationMain topics of study: professionalism; reflection; the reflective practitioner; education; pedagogy; action research and evidence based practice; schools and their learning communities; the curriculum and the hidden curriculum; teaching and learning; continuing professional developmentPlanning, Teaching and AssessmentMain topics of study: philosophical rationales underpinning different assessment strategies; the deployment of a range of strategies for assessment relevant and applicable within trainees’ subject areas (En, Ma, MFL, PE, ICT, SC, SBi, SCh, SPh); how assessment data can be recorded, analysed and reported; how assessment outcomes can be used for planning future learning and teaching.Subject Knowledge ands Understanding: Inclusive PracticeMain topics of study: pedagogical, sociological and psychological theories related to the construction and learning of their subject (En, Ma, MFL, PE, ICT, SC, SBi, SCh, SPh as appropriate); official policies and sources of guidance materials for the teaching of their subject (En, Ma, MFL, PE, ICT, SC, SBi, SCh, SPh as appropriate); teaching strategies relevant to their subject (En, Ma, MFL, PE, ICT, SC, SBi, SCh, SPh as appropriate).QTS Skills TestIn order to gain the award of Qualified Teacher Status, all trainees are required to pass the skills tests in ICT, Numeracy and Literacy. School ExperienceThere are three placements, each lasting eight weeks.Teaching and LearningUnlike traditional PGCert courses trainees work via independent learning with sustained periods of school experience. In addition, there is a series of Brunel University study days each year. AssessmentModules are assessed by means of assignments including essays and reflective writing supported by portfolios of evidence. Brunel University works in partnership with schools in assessing trainees' teaching competence. Schools submit regular progress reports and compile a profile at the end of each module of school experience. By the end of the course trainees must have attained all the standards needed for Qualified Teacher Status to be recommended to the Department for Education and Skills for QTS. Assessment against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status is for the 11-16 age range.CareersEnglish is one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum, along with Maths and Science. With increased national emphasis upon literacy within a broad and balanced curriculum, there is a growing demand for well qualified teachers of English. The complex nature of literacy across the curriculum and in a technological society where children read' through varied media makes this an exciting time in which to teach English. Schools need committed teachers of English who are able to provide young people with communicative and critical skills for life and who are also able to contribute to literacy initiatives across the curriculum. The job is demanding but there are now many exciting opportunities and rewarding career prospects.Special FeaturesThe modular route is designed to provide a more flexible but rigorous and high quality route leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This type of programme will suit you if you are seeking an adaptable course which will suit your present commitments, qualifications and experience. You might be a mature candidate or you might have previous teaching experience in supporting learners in classrooms or teaching English as an additional language. As a leading centre of education and with roots in teacher training dating back to 1798, we are able to provide first class teacher training that is internationally recognised. With more than two centuries experience in education, we pride ourselves in producing high-quality teachers with the skills and knowledge to help others develop and learn. A Brunel PGCert is a recognised symbol of quality teacher training which accounts for our high employment rates. Many of our lecturers are internationally and nationally recognised for their research and advise and work with government and other agencies on education policy issues. All successful trainees receive a Career Entry Development Profile, which serves to enhance continual professional development, especially during the induction year of teaching.

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  • The awardPostgraduate CertificateHow you will studyMixed-modeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9430

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