Postgraduate PGCE

Secondary Education (11-16) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status - English

Secondary Education (11-16) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status - English

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    33ZJ
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    38 Weeks
  • Start date


    06 Sep 2021

Translate your passion for English texts, language and drama into a rewarding career as a teacher. We will help you develop your understanding of the nuts and bolts of practical teaching alongside a wide range of theoretical techniques, giving you the skills to manage a variety of teaching scenarios.

For example, you could fuel your pupils' interest in the English language and great literary works by using drama to bring short stories, poems and books to life.

You will become a storyteller in your lessons, developing pupils' understanding of fiction and its importance to western culture. Learning how to expertly read and express texts using intonation will be a key part of your developing skill set and will play an important role in sparking your pupils' interest. You will also learn how to select different texts to match the different abilities and level of understanding of your class.

We will help you understand the different styles modern writers use and how to apply them in a classroom situation so pupils are able to understand how to write for a specific audience to have the maximum impact on the reader.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

School Direct lead school and alliance:

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages.

We have more than 100 years' experience of training teachers and you'll be guided by an experienced course team ready to nurture your potential as a future teacher of English. You will benefit from a supportive learning community. You will build up a network of contacts made up of fellow students, our research staff and your course tutors, giving you access to advice, support and tips that will really develop your understanding of the subject and improve your teaching ability.

A critically reflective approach to your teaching will be encouraged, helping you to develop your confidence and your own identity and teaching style.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to build your networks of support and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver subjects and inspire your teaching.

The bulk of your training will take place in a school environment. Many of the schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you can maximise your time preparing lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We will provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers and on successful completion of your course you will be able to enrol in our Newly Qualified Teacher module, giving you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website.

Why study Secondary Education - English at Leeds Beckett University?

  1. Fantastic placements opportunities
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  3. Start on your path in becoming Qualified Teacher Status accredited
  4. Dedicated pastoral care team
  5. Teaching facility solely for teacher training courses which mimic real-life nursery and primary school settings
  6. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations

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