Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Secondary Education (English, 11-18)

The course is an innovative and intensive programme preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 11-18 age range in the Secondary sector; students are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling them to teach in schools on completion of the programme; the course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway where students spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching in 2 different schools.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree in English or a 2.1 Honours degree where English is 50% of the content. Applicants applying with a related but non-English specific degree such as drama, media, creative writing or performing arts will be required to have an A level in English or English Literature at grade B or above, and a minimum of 2.1 Honours degree. Where applicants falls short of the English requirement for qualification, it will be recommended that an MA in English or MA in English Literature be undertaken before reapplying for the PGCE. While we realise this is a further commitment of time and finance in the short-term, this will secure an applicants English teaching profile for the longer term and enhance opportunities for promotion at a later stage. An MA can usually be undertaken either part-time or full-time and can enable this to be combined with further school experience, strengthening a future application. Applicants are also required to have GCSEs at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, and maths. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy before an interview. All applicants are required to have undertaken a minimum of ten days recent and relevant school experience prior to applying. For the 11-18 course, applicants should gain experience in a state secondary school English department. Work as a Teaching Assistant in an English department or substantial experience teaching TEFL or teaching English in an International primary or secondary school will be viewed also as strongly contributing to the application. There is an expectation at application and at interview that potential English teachers will be well-read and enthusiastic about literature beyond their degree(s); there should be strong engagement with and knowledge of at least two of the genres: prose fiction, poetry or drama. Applicants should be aware also of the multi-dimensional nature of the English classroom (i.e. drama, media, film, linguistics, grammar, phonics, speaking and listening etc.) and the potential this offers to teachers. There will be an expectation that applicants should be able to demonstrate a well-prepared and current knowledge of English curriculum content, as well as an awareness of educational changes, proposals and development�s and the implications these might have for the teaching of English.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional placement � module 1; professional studies � module 2; curriculum studies in English - module 3; enhanced studies � module 4.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a combination of professional placements and course work.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT1 1QU South East

Key information

PGCE Admissions
Telephone number: 
01227 782900