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What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

Want to make a difference to the lives of young people in the classroom? Train to teach in one year with our PGCE Secondary course. Our small cohorts ensure you have the personalised support you need to succeed in your future career as a teacher. We will prepare you to teach secondary students with additional opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth-form level. This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. Kingston's English PGCE is an exciting teacher training route for those who are passionate about developing pupils' enthusiasm and understanding of English. You will be trained by leading practitioners in the area who will support your emergence as a highly effective, research-engaged teacher. The course is designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality, creative lessons. You'll develop practical skills that form an important part of the subject. You will also develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in English. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with English for 11-16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations. There will also be opportunities to prepare for teaching English Literature at KS5. The English PGCE course is led by Hazel Joannides, a trained English teacher with 16 years' experience teaching and leading English in secondary schools in London and Surrey.

What you will study

At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice. You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University and in our partnership schools. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the secondary curriculum, including your own specialist subject and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. In addition to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards our Master of Research in Education (MRes), which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

Teaching and assessment

Your taught sessions will be a mix of seminars, lectures, practical workshops, field trips and work with pupils. Peer-led critical support groups will also feature in the programme. Most of your sessions will be taught by university tutors but there may also be guest speakers, such as headteachers or subject leaders.

After you graduate

The course also aims to develop your professional skills to help you gain employment in a secondary school and continue with your professional development. It will provide you with a rigorous training in all aspects of being a secondary school teacher. Over 95% of our graduates enter the teaching profession after they complete their course. Many go into middle and senior management roles in schools.

Which department am I in?

Department of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (15,36,693) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Kingston Hill

Kingston Hill,

Kingston upon Thames,

London,

KT2 7LB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects. For certain courses work experience will also be required. For MBA students need to have Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average with two years' work experience. IELTS score 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all elements, TOEFL Score 88.

For international students

Students need to have an honours degree, from a UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification, relevant to your subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to your subject specialism). For the citizenship pathway: your degree should be in a subject that includes significant elements of social sciences or humanities subjects, for example politics, history, geography, philosophy, law, sociology and psychology). GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in English, science and mathematics. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement in any of these subjects, we are happy for you to take your tests externally (via Equivalancy Testing or A*Star Equivalency). All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by NARIC equivalence. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process which identifies no concerns about suitability to teach. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS academic test in English with an overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, TOEFL IBT with overall score of 88 with individual skills of R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22.

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

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