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What will I learn?

Course Summary

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the programme.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

Our popular English course aims to:

provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of English
extend your awareness of the range and scope of English as a subject in schools today
provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches to teaching the subject
allow you to develop an appreciation of your own strengths and weaknesses

Over the course, you will be based in one of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background. The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.

Course Learning and Teaching

The English sessions are designed to enable you to engage in activities which will open up the subject from the viewpoints of both teacher and learner. You will be given opportunities to reflect critically upon current classroom practice and to draw on observation, teaching and research undertaken in schools. Sessions will usually include work on:

The English teacher, The National Curriculum and literacy strategy
Planning lessons and schemes of work
Approaches to reading
Writing and responding
Assessment in English
Teaching Poetry
Speaking and listening
Classroom management and English teaching
English at key stage 4
Drama in the English Curriculum
Special Needs
Shakespeare in Schools
English post 16
Media Studies

Sessions will embrace a number of themes which do not appear under separate headings: mixed ability classes, drafting, managing group work, IT, knowledge about language, gender and multicultural issues. You will be expected to work in a variety of ways including group-work, individual writing, seminars and student-led discussions. Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£21,730.00 (US$ 29,908) per year
Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0.

For international students

Students need to have: UK 2:2 honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of English or a similar subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC. Students need to have: IELTS: IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT (internet based test) and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 92 (no component under 23).

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

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About Durham University

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