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PGCE in Secondary Education (English) with Recommendation for QTS

Course code

Q3X1

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,860

Entry requirements

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Overview

English is one of the three core subjects within the UK curriculum, making English teachers in high demand with good opportunities for promotion.

Learning English can be simultaneously fascinating and challenging, but pupils’ achievement in both English Language and Literature can be strongly linked to how the subject is taught. This is where you can truly make a difference.

Brunel’s PGCE in Secondary Education (English) is designed to prepare you to teach pupils aged 11 to 16 with a focus on developing their aptitude for English.  You will teach them English, not only in preparation for compulsory exams but also for life beyond school.

Whether it is helping someone to have the confidence to analyse more challenging texts, inspiring a budding writer or engaging communicator, or enabling your pupils to look beyond the surface and become increasingly knowledgeable and critical readers, your English teaching will leave a strong legacy.

As an English teacher today you will need more than a solid grounding in the study of literature. You will need to be aware of the ways in which children read a vast range of texts in a variety of media and to understand how speaking and listening skills are developed.

Schools are seeking teachers with high levels of pedagogical competence and skill, as well as advanced subject knowledge for teaching as well as knowledge of the theories, policies and systems relevant to education.

The focus of your studies will be on the principles and methods of teaching and learning delivered through three core modules, together with compulsory, practical school-based teaching placements.  Your progress will be assessed in both areas.

As part of your teacher education, you will be taught how to use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the curriculum for pupils from 11-16, including examination and vocational courses.

Your placement will typically take you into Brunel partner schools or other educational settings in and around London for at least 120 days in block placements in two or more different contexts working with a school-based mentor.

Links with schools across our partnership enable you to undertake placements that will equip you with the skills to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts. The education department at Brunel was highly praised for this partnership work in the 2015 Ofsted inspection – Ofsted graded Brunel’s Initial Teacher Education Partnerships as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.

As you progress through your own development and learning on the course, you will be encouraged to reflect critically and constructively on your own and others’ teaching practices in relation to a range of aspects including national and regional priorities and policies, and current research.

At the heart of the programme is the commitment to ensuring that your practice will impact positively on pupil progress over time, and Brunel partnership activities with schools will contribute to school improvement in which you will play a central part.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive both a postgraduate certificate in Education (PGCE) and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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Course content

The PGCE in Secondary Education (English) will equip you with a critical understanding of the issues that impact upon the education of children and young people as well as theory and practice in teaching, learning and assessment as you learn to specialise in the teaching of English.

The taught part of your course will be structured around three core modules which share a generic General Professional Education (GPE) component and subject specific teaching:

  • Education Studies I
  • Education Studies II
  • Education Studies III

The course is structured to balance the taught elements with independent professional learning activities (PLAs) of which your placements will be a key part in relation to the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE). This is demonstrated by Brunel’s outstanding employment rates over time and feedback from Brunel alumni student teachers, our partnership schools and Ofsted inspectors.

Brunel PGCE graduates have gone on to work in our partnership schools, and many in schools where they undertook a placement experience. This allows the department to retain links with former students and often they become school-based mentors for Brunel PGCE students. The department also has a network of alumni in positions of responsibility in schools across the country.

After you graduate, your relationship with Brunel doesn’t stop there. As alumni,  you can remain involved in the Partnership in a range of ways including mentoring, and can also sign up to receive invitations to Brunel public lectures, Department of Education research seminars, events and steering groups, to ensure you continue to develop through a community of professional practice within, and beyond the school in which you work.

If you decide to pursue further study after your PGCE course, (perhaps an MA, a taught Doctorate of Education or a research based PhD), you will be warmly encouraged by the department with the opportunity of discounted fees as a Brunel graduate.

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UK entry requirements

Our conditions of entry to the PGCE Secondary Education programme require that applicants have:

  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach. Normally this should be a 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study.
  • Maths and English grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level.
  • Passed the required Skills Tests - via the UCAS TT application cycle. Brunel University London will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place on one of the programmes and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer letter.

To further strengthen your application, we also recommend that applicants have:

  • Modules within your degree course which should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for the phase or subject you are applying to teach;
  • An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your phase/subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research;
  • An understanding of statutory requirements for your phase/subject area within the state school sector;
  • An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your phase/subject area
  • Recent and relevant experience of state school education in England, either team teaching or observing with experienced teachers. This should normally be pre professional teaching experience where you have had the opportunity to develop relationships with a group(s) of pupils over a sustained period of time.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English. If selected for interview, you will be expected to interact effectively with university tutors and school colleagues and demonstrate the potential to form positive and productive relationships with colleagues and pupils in schools and in professional learning contexts.
  • An awareness of the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2013).
  • An enthusiastic and energetic approach which communicates clearly your commitment to teaching and working with young people.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Childcare Disqualification and Prohibition Orders

As an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Education we have to have regard to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education, when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We ensure that all student teachers have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks, including a check of the children’s barred list. The Department for Education has published statutory guidance on the application to schools of the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and related obligations under the Childcare Act 2006.

We undertake our responsibility to ensure that the student teachers are not, therefore, disqualified from childcare or that the student teacher has obtained a childcare disqualification waiver from Ofsted. We also check that candidates are not subject to a prohibition order for teaching issued by the Secretary of State.

The application will cost £46.81 (this amount may be subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email dbs@brunel.ac.uk.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

International

£15,860 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Education at Brunel offers an unrivalled experience for developing you as an education professional. Brunel has one of the most established education departments in the country and is a leading centre for work in education that receives high ratings from the UK’s leading benchmarkers such as Ofsted.

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic academic staff who are active researchers on a variety of education topics. Your study will take place in groups of different sizes and compositions to provide a variety of experiences as you get to know and interact with a group of students from various walks of life who are at different career stages.

Brunel PGCE courses encourage you to research and investigate a range of broad and subject specific educational themes and issues, and bring your findings back for discussion in interactive lectures, workshops and seminars.

In addition to PGCE taught modules, your school-based professional learning is a compulsory element leading to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The opportunity to experience placements in schools and alternative settings, such as special schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) will help you to build up valuable specialist knowledge, understanding and skills for the future.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

The PGCE course carries 60 master’s level credits and requires you to complete successfully three assessed pieces of work during the year. You will be supported with these through a range of activities in lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, tutorials, portfolio preparation and simulation of classroom practice.

The master’s level credits you earn on your PGCE will provide an excellent foundation for future academic and professional study.

Qualified Teacher Status is achieved by meeting the government’s Teachers’ Standards. During both the school-based work and university provision you will build your knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a teacher and put this into practice. You will work with your tutors and school-based mentor to develop an evidence-base for this in line with the Teachers’ Standards, which will be assessed.