Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Middle Years (English Studies, 7-14)

This course aims to enable student teachers to become confident, competent classroom practitioners; the course is ideal for those students who are particularly interested in this particular age group which spans the older years of primary education 7-11 and the younger years of secondary education 11-14; it is ideal for those who have a strong interest in their specialist subject, but also like the idea of working with primary children; are concerned about the smoothing the transition of pupils from primary to secondary education; are interested in working across this age group such as in innovative state models of schooling; continental or independent schools; want to train as a teacher, but do not want to specialise in a particular phase of education at this stage; the programme has been designed for all students to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status; the programme runs in partnership with local primary and secondary schools; students spend 120 days in school as part of this programme and 60 days at the University.

Entry requirements

2.2 single Honours degree in English or an 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 an upper second class (2.1) 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 realize 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, maths and science. 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. For 7-14 English applicants experience of and awareness of English at both secondary and primary level will be expected based upon experience of the teaching English or literacy in at least one of the two phases. 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.


Qualification Study mode Start month 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

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