Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Secondary English
Course overviewThe Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one-year, full-time qualification that will prepare you to be a subject-specialist English secondary-school teacher working with pupils aged 11 to 16 and beyond.
Our course will develop your theoretical and practical understanding of secondary education and its contemporary issues, and will enable you to meet current professional standards as a practising teacher for this course. 60 of the 120 credits will be at Masters degree level.
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 you need to teach your specialist subject (English) to 11 to 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 to consider national policies and initiatives.
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.
This module provides an initial experience of teaching and learning in a secondary school environment. It focuses on the development of professional practice skills: planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation in a practical context, with the support of an experienced mentor. You will also have the opportunity to observe shadow and interact with a range of professionals.
This module develops the confidence and competence to lead learning and meet the professional standards to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. As with the Initial School Experience module, the skills for teaching are developed with the support of an experienced mentor, and there will again be opportunities to observe, shadow and interact with a range of professionals. There will also be preparation for the induction year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.
This module focuses on integrating current key theories, themes and issues in education (e.g. behaviour, inclusion and assessment) with current practice in schools, and so addresses professional development as a critically reflective teacher. The module also explores the theories and principles of teaching and learning, the derivation and design of the curriculum and the role of schools and education within the wider community.
This module provides the opportunity to develop a philosophy for teaching the subject both discretely and in a cross-curricular context. It looks at how to organise specialist subject knowledge so as to provide access, progress and assessment for the benefit of the children and young people. It also develops the wider understanding of what is involved in being a specialist subject teacher.
This module provides the opportunity to evaluate subject knowledge and teaching skills, and then develop an identified area. This is done through research, discussion, practical experience and teaching, and careful reflection. The specific area for development is identified from subject knowledge audits and is further discussed with the university tutor and school-based mentor.
AssessmentYou will be assessed on your practical teaching ability through a series of formal observations during the year. These are carried out by your placement schools and are moderated by Anglia Ruskin tutors. Academic assignments will enable you to develop your own subject knowledge and to become familiar with the literature and research around 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.
Hours of study
FacilitiesWe have a select number of specialist rooms including: 1 dedicated Science Laboratory; 2 dedicated Art Rooms; 1 room equipped for Design and Technology; 2 collaborative ICT Learning Suites; and a fully-resourced gym.
Special featuresYou'll be able to participate in educational visits to relevant settings.
Work placementsYou'll undertake two school placements, where you'll be supported by a supervisor from our University and a school-based mentor. Additionally, you'll complete an alternative placement in an appropriate educational setting. You'll also spend some time in a primary school in order to appreciate teaching and learning, prior to secondary education.
Associated careersAfter graduating, you will ideally be equipped to enter the teaching profession as a secondary school English teacher.
Our university will accept the GCSE Equivalency Testing in English, Mathematics and Science from www.equivalencytesting.com. However, applicants are advised to contact Anglia Ruskin if they have any queries before undertaking an equivalency test or submitting their application to seek verification.
ExpectationsWe expect you to have thoroughly researched the role of a secondary school teacher. Recent (within the last 12 months) experience in a UK state secondary classroom is recommended. Due to the highly competitive nature of the application process you'll need to be very clear in your personal statement and interview why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession. In line with government requirements, ideally candidates should have passed the literacy and numeracy skills tests prior to interview. If not, then these would be a condition of any offer.
Booked holiday arrangements
You will be expected to bring your original educational certificates and also identification documentation in order for an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly Criminal Record Bureau (CRB), disclosure to be progressed.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.
How to apply
Teaching times*This is a full-time,
intensive course involving private study, research and full-day school placements (possibly also involving evening commitments at school).
Fees & funding
FacultyHealth, Social Care & Education
Contact usUK and EU applicants:
- Call 01245 493131
- Complete enquiry form
- Call +44 (0)1223 698609
- Complete enquiry form
* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.