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What will I learn?


Language is at the heart of everything we do. It sustains thought; it provides clarity of instruction and develops community. As an excellent written and verbal communicator, this is your chance to strengthen young people's English skills through writing, reading, and spoken language. Whether chairing a lively debate or navigating a class through a complex Shakespeare extract, or developing transactional writing for a real audience, you'll become an inspiring influence for all pupils.

Why study PGCE English (QTS) at Middlesex University?

On the English PGCE course, we are passionate about language and literature in all its forms. We will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to both educate and inspire secondary English pupils. Through interactive workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures, this one-year full-time course enables you to meet and exceed the national standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. We are passionate about training teachers who see English as central to pupils' education.

During your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two complementary secondary schools, acquiring a range of diverse skills in English pedagogy. We have excellent relationships with schools in and outside London and through this highly personalised programme, schools are carefully selected to suit each individual. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support. We are proud of the comprehensive support we offer our English trainees in every aspect of the course.

The programme provides an understanding of English across all key stages. This includes an in-depth coverage of:

  • Learning theory
  • Effective reading strategies
  • Supporting and developing writing
  • Spoken language
  • Teaching literature
  • Creative approaches to English teaching


How can the PGCE English (QTS) support your career?

Graduates will look to move into a position as a Newly Qualified Teacher in a secondary school setting. Our course gives you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (14,34,247) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2021


Middlesex University

Hendon Campus,

The Burroughs,


NW4 4BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Bachelors degree from an accredited university or college with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.

For international students

We normally require a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above supported by a strong A Level in English language or literature or equivalent. The following requirements are set out in the Initial Teacher Training Criteria document. You must have: GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics or be retaking them this year. We also accept the equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS; been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check; To strengthen applications, it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England. Students should have IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.