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PGCE Secondary English
Train to teach secondary level English and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

PGCE Secondary English

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

GTTR code
Q3X1
Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • A second or first class honours degree in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects. Applicants with degrees in other English-related subjects may also be considered in some circumstances.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
30 / 400
How to apply
To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCE Y N N N

Course description

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Secondary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

This course will train you to teach secondary English in the UK, including the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level. It also includes drama, media and information and communication technology. Completion of the 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

Your University tutors and school/college mentors will help you to transform your subject knowledge into teaching skills and educational theory into practice. University tutors have substantial experience of teaching and of examining at a senior level for GCSE and AS/A level.

We also use the expertise of experienced teachers from our partnership schools to complement the teaching of University-based sessions. This includes sessions led by subject mentors, who will help you develop your subject knowledge and provide advice about teaching methods. The University-based sessions will give you creative and innovative ideas to take into the classroom.

What our students say:

The PGCE in Secondary English at The University of Manchester is nothing short of life changing. Professionally, you will develop your existing qualities and learn invaluable skills from peers, colleagues and tutors. However, this course offers something more; you are encouraged to embrace and express your own teaching ethos throughout the course. Prepare to be challenged, nurtured and inspired to do something more with your love of English.

For more details on interviews, please visit our PGCE website .

Open days

Please see our open day pages for up-to-date information about forthcoming open days, taster sessions and twilight sessions.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a bursary of up to £15,000.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 can be found on the Department for Education website

Home/EU students may be eligible for a repayable tuition fee loan. Home students in England may also be eligible for a repayable student maintenance loan. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available here

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship .

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Administrator
Telephone
0161 275 8468 OR 3617
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 3528
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • A second or first class honours degree in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects. Applicants with degrees in other English-related subjects may also be considered in some circumstances.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

English language

In addition to a grade of C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or

Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or

Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Previous teaching experience is not required but prior experience of working with young people in schools and other settings will be considered as part of the selection process. All applicants are strongly encouraged to spend some time (at least 2 days) in a secondary school or sixth form college prior to their interview.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Advice to applicants

This programme attracts a large number of applicants for a very limited number of places.  The School considers a range of factors in the UCAS application other than the entry requirements.

How your application is considered

Applicants who are shortlisted based on their application will be invited to attend an interview day.

Interview Dates

Thursday 9 th November 2017

Wednesday 22 nd November 2017

Wednesday 6 th December 2017

Wednesday 20 th December 2017

Tuesday 23 rd January 2018

Wednesday 31 st January 2018

Wednesday 7 th February 2018

Wednesday 14 th February 2018

Tuesday 27 th February 2018

Wednesday 7 th March 2018

Tuesday 13 th March 2018

Thursday 29 th March 2018

Wednesday 11 th April 2018

Tuesday 24 th April 2018

Wednesday 2 nd May 2018

Tuesday 15 th May 2018

Wednesday 30 th May 2018

Tuesday 12 th June 2018

Thursday 28 th June 2018

Tuesday 10 th July 2018

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants holding qualifications from outside the UK should apply to UK NARIC for a comparability statement to confirm the equivalence of their qualifications.  This should be completed prior to application where possible.  Successful applicants will be required to present officially translated copies of their qualification certificates.

Aptitude test requirement

PGCE student must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course.  Preference will be given to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview however we will interview those who have not yet passed their skills tests.  Please refer to the Department for Education for further advice about registering to take your skills tests.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.  Health screening checks are undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.  You will also be required to organise overseas police clearance certificates for any periods of residence abroad (within the last 5 years).  You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry cannot be considered.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Due to the nature of the PGCE course, applications for transfers cannot be considered.

Course details

Course description

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Secondary PGCE courses - The University of Manchester

This course will train you to teach secondary English in the UK, including the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level. It also includes drama, media and information and communication technology. Completion of the 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

Your University tutors and school/college mentors will help you to transform your subject knowledge into teaching skills and educational theory into practice. University tutors have substantial experience of teaching and of examining at a senior level for GCSE and AS/A level.

We also use the expertise of experienced teachers from our partnership schools to complement the teaching of University-based sessions. This includes sessions led by subject mentors, who will help you develop your subject knowledge and provide advice about teaching methods. The University-based sessions will give you creative and innovative ideas to take into the classroom.

What our students say:

The PGCE in Secondary English at The University of Manchester is nothing short of life changing. Professionally, you will develop your existing qualities and learn invaluable skills from peers, colleagues and tutors. However, this course offers something more; you are encouraged to embrace and express your own teaching ethos throughout the course. Prepare to be challenged, nurtured and inspired to do something more with your love of English.

For more details on interviews, please visit our PGCE website .

Aims

  Topics covered in the University-based training sessions include:
  • Frameworks - the National Curriculum, GCSE and AS and A level.
  • Classroom skills - lesson planning, setting objectives, task setting, questioning skills, collaborative learning, differentiation and drama-based approaches.
  • Assessment - assessment for learning as well as summative assessment for KS3, GCSE, AS and A level.
  • Teaching language - writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as AS and A level English language, and English language and literature.
  • Teaching literature at KS3, GCSE, AS and A level - teaching poetry, teaching Shakespeare, teaching pre-1914 English literature and teaching children's literature.
  • Drama in English - the place of drama in the National Curriculum.
  • Media and information, communication and technology (ICT) in English - the place of media and of ICT in the National Curriculum and at GCSE.

Working with our partnership schools and colleges, you will learn how to:

  • organise lessons and schemes of work
  • assess effectively;
  • teach spoken language, reading and writing;
  • develop students' understanding of language;
  • teach classic literary texts, including Shakespeare; and
  • use drama, media and ICT in English teaching.

Special features

  • Top university to study a PGCE in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • Rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
  • Extensive classroom experience supported by experienced English tutors and mentors.
  • 92% of our graduates in a teaching post within six months of completing the course - consistently better than the North West average (The University of Manchester 2013-2016).

Additional course information

Support

Your University tutors will provide excellent support for your academic work and your personal development. School and college mentors will provide advice and guidance whilst you are on placement. The culture of team working and best practice sharing amongst students will provide you with a support network available when you need it the most.

What our students say:

'I cannot think of a more enriching and supportive environment in which to develop as a teacher. It is impossible to imagine surviving teacher training as well as I did if it were not for the network of help and support provided by both tutors and fellow trainees. Knowing that there was always someone to turn to when things weren't going to plan was and as an NQT still continues to be absolutely invaluable.'

Teaching and learning

The structure of our PGCEs includes both school-based and University-based learning. On our secondary PGCEs, around two thirds of your time will be spent in secondary schools, academies or colleges on placements. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments.

The University-based elements of the course are taught by tutors with expertise in teaching in schools and colleges and examining KS4/GCSE and AS/A level English. Your tutors have been outstanding teachers in a wide range of schools and colleges and their expertise is complemented by the experience of current outstanding teachers who contribute to teaching on the course.

School-based mentors actively contribute to the course, focusing on aspects of pedagogy and practice in the English classroom. These practical sessions include: teaching language and literature at A level; catering for Special Educational Needs; catering for students for whom English is an additional language; using technology in the classroom; and using drama as an effective teaching tool.                      

On placement in schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced English teacher, who will also act as your mentor. We will endeavour to allocate you to placements which will secure the optimum educational benefit for your professional development needs. Teaching hours are established to reflect the time that is required to spend on planning and assessment, particularly in the early stages of your placements. Your mentors will help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment and improve your teaching skills.

What schools say:

We are very happy to take PGCE students from The University of Manchester because they are invariably strong academics with a genuine love of their subject, who are prepared to innovate and challenge in the classroom.

Coursework and assessment

Grades for practical teaching skills are awarded by mentors in conjunction with University tutors on the basis of regular lesson observations.  You will also complete written assignments designed to support your development as a teacher as well as to help you explore the principles of effective teaching.

Scholarships and bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a bursary of up to £15,000.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 can be found on the Department for Education website

Home/EU students may be eligible for a repayable tuition fee loan. Home students in England may also be eligible for a repayable student maintenance loan. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available here

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship .

Facilities

Your University-based learning will take place at The University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Manchester's city centre. The campus is easily accessible by road or by an extensive network of public transport including trains, trams and buses.

Our Oxford Road campus is home to The University of Manchester Library and the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons. The University's library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK.  Studying with us will open up a wealth of learning resources to you, including over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databases.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers you a stimulating 24/7 environment for study. It is the UK's first digital library and home to the most up-to-date IT facilities, a range of versatile learning spaces and a relaxing cafe area for breaks or meeting friends.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

On completion of your PGCE and being granted qualified teaching status (QTS), you will work for a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). We keep in touch with our former students and continue to support them throughout their NQT year.

A Secondary English PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.  You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high. In 2013, 97% of The University of Manchester's Secondary English PGCEs graduates were in a teaching post within six months of completing the course, which is higher than the sector average.

Qualified teachers undertake continuous professional development throughout their career, both to maintain the latest subject knowledge and teaching techniques, and if desired, to facilitate progression into leadership and management positions. A PGCE qualification counts as 60 of the 180 credits required for a master's degree and The University of Manchester offers a part-time MA in Educational Leadership should you wish to continue your professional development with a master's in the future.

What employers say:

'We have employed several of Manchester's postgraduates at St Gabriel's. We find that they are ready to walk into a classroom and not only teach, but manage the multitude of other skills required to be a successful teacher. Manchester trainees are organised, creative and committed to making English a valued and worthwhile subject.'

What our students say:

'When looking for a job, employers were clearly impressed with my place of study, and it is evident why. The University provided outstanding training, delivered by inspiring tutors. Entering teaching is hard work, but The University of Manchester made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience and prepared me to enter my career with confidence and enthusiasm.'