Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (English, 11-16)

This programme is practical, theoretical and challenging and enables students to teach English at every level of secondary education; the course enables students to meet the QTS Standards for Key Stages 3 and 4 alongside opportunities for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range; the programme provides ample opportunity for critical discussion of the principles and practice of teaching and learning in this core subject; students gain insight and understanding of the place of English education within the national context, and there is many opportunities for students to observe excellent practice in English teaching as you work alongside teachers and pupils in a range of schools; in addition to the focus at Key Stages 3 and 4, students gain an insight into the implementation of exam specifications from Key Stage 4 through to AS- and A-level; the importance of information and communication technology (ICT), drama and media education within the context of the English classroom is addressed on a very practical level: there is an emphasis on the innovative and effective use of ICT, opportunities to participate in Shakespeare workshops with professional actors, and a range of activities designed to develop students understanding of the media and its place in the English classroom; class management issues are raised and students are encouraged to develop a skillful mix of whole class teaching, small group collaborative work and independent learning strategies, to provide for a range of activities meeting all the attainment targets for the National Curriculum; differentiation is strongly emphasised to enable students to plan and provide for the individual requirements of a range of pupils of differing abilities.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have spent a minimum of 2 weeks in a mainstream, state secondary school in England before applying; 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics; applicants are required to have a 2.2 Honours degree or above, with at least 50 per cent English, such as English language, English literature, linguistics, literary studies, theatre or media studies; joint degrees must have a text-based 2nd subject; in addition candidates need a good English A-level.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that student learning is appropriate and effective; assessment takes account of both programme experience and the school or setting phase and includes researching your developing practice through assignment tasks; students receive support in developing a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

Key information

Student Services
Telephone number: 
01225 875875