Skip to main content Accessibility information

PGCE Secondary Education with English

Become an English teacher in a secondary school.


Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Entry requirements

A degree at 2:2 or above.

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification).

Experience of working with young people.

See all entry requirements.

This course is full for September 2020. Join our mailing list to be notified when applications reopen for PGCE English.


UCAS code 33HR

Duration One year full-time

How to apply for this course

Course Summary

Do you want to become an outstanding English teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with English is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. English develops an interest in literature, the role of language and this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of English within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications.

Our PGCE English prepares trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of English in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils can engage positively with literature and language and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through English. Furthermore, our PGCE English trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g. primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our PGCE English teaching programme. Ofsted 2014 commented: “Beyond having very positive attitudes and commitment to teaching, they show a passion for their subject, and want students to do well and enjoy their work.”  If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process!

Why this course at Marjon?

Our trainees scored us 89% student satisfaction for postgraduate teacher training, this puts us in the top 25% quartile of all providers in England (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2019).

93.9 % of our graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2%. We are 1st in the South West and 6th in England (LEO, 2019).

Marjon Teacher Education Partnership has well-established links with schools across the South West, London and Service Children’s Education, our connections span over 300 schools and settings.

Marjon education and teaching graduates are 3rd in all University providers for graduate earnings five years after leaving the university (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018).

Marjon Graduates are more socially mobile than other providers across the South West with more trainees gaining NQT employment in more diverse areas (DFE Supply, Retention and Mobility data, 2018).

Students say...


Chloe Carrubba

“I enjoy the balance between theory and learning practically in the classroom with young people. We are constantly bringing fresh ideas into school. I came from a non-teaching background and I was nervous about transitioning from performing to teaching. Marjon really helped me to transfer my skills into teaching and I’m growing more and more confident as a teacher all the time.”

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How can I build strong relationships with pupils, colleagues and parents in school?

How can I promote a love of learning in my pupils and a passion for English?

How can I make teaching grammar come alive in my lessons?

How can I bring role play and drama into my classes?

How do good teachers keep on top of their workload?

How do I best prepare for applying for teaching jobs?

The provision for building the trainee’s English subject knowledge has been highly successful.
Ron Piper - English External Moderator 2017 from Swindon SCITT

What might you become?

Marjon is renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with over 300 partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas and our graduates teach in schools across the country. Our wide and diverse partnerships were praised by Ofsted for making "effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable" (Ofsted, 2014).

We have a long-established history of teacher education, we've have 180 years of experience in training teachers. A PGCE from Marjon represents a strong start to any teaching career. 93.9 % of our teaching graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2%. This makes us 1st in the South West (LEO, 2019).


Modules for this course

Modules

1st Year

Professional Practice in Schools
By the end of this module trainees should be able to demonstrate the competencies of a newly qualified teacher (NQT) by achieving the minimum expectation required by the Teachers’ Standards. The module includes two placements in schools.
Learning Behaviours in Context
Research a range of learning and teaching theories and strategies to develop an understanding of how children learn. Critically evaluate research and current developments in education that inform the application of routines, relationships and responses in context.
Becoming a Teacher: A Reflective Journey
Systematically reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of subject specific pedagogy on learning experiences and develop a range of approaches to use in schools.
Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Maximising Achievement
Investigate and discuss a wide range of sources to develop a secure knowledge and understanding of theory, policy and practice to help identify the issues around maximising pupil achievement. Develop understanding and skills which contribute to a fully inclusive classroom.
Understanding the Learner: Assessment and Progress
Understand the essential link between planning and assessment and develop a critical awareness of planning for progression and its effect on learning.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250


Fees for International students: £12,000

Funding available for this course

Trainees starting this course in September 2020 may be eligible for grant funding.


Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Collaborative learning, critical reflection and a strong culture of support underpin the English PGCE, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish.

You will have a minimum of 120 days in school in 2 block placements and 12 weeks in University undertaking a range of activities, teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, tutorials, independent study or research and school based training. Opportunity to be part of visiting writer seminar and workshops add depth to your experience.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment relates to your development of practice in school. All are coursework based, you will generate reflective journals, portfolios, essays and presentations.

Course leader

Gillian Golder

Gill is Director of the Marjon Teacher Education Partnership, she taught in schools for 13 years before joining the University. She works with schools, MATS and alliances to support whole school improve, develop evidence based practice and support teacher development. She spends some of her time in Westminster discussing latest ideas and initiatives with the Department for Education and other Education group.

View full profile

Lecturers

Claire Hadfield

Lecturer

View profile

Claire is an experienced teacher and lecturer with a passion for literature of all kinds. From Shakespearean tragedy to the powerful performance poetry of Kate Tempest, Claire’s fervent enthusiasm for the infinite varieties of English pervades every aspect of the English degree. She is particularly interested in poetry, identity, language and social place and is currently completing her PhD here at Marjon.

Alison Keyworth

Director of the Institute of Education

View profile

Alison has experience of strategic and operational leadership and management within the secondary and HE sectors and is instrumental in the training and quality assuring of in-school coaches/mentors.

Julie Stevens

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Secondary Initial Teacher Training

View profile

Julie Stevens taught in secondary schools as a teacher of Physical Education in Devon, Cornwall and Sussex, worked for the LEA education department advisory service and the Youth Sport Trust. She has been teaching in universities for over 10 years with a focus on Initial Teacher Training in all subjects, with a specialism in Physical Education.


More information

Share this page on