Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Secondary Education (English)

The English course entails the study of language and literature, including planning for teaching a range of genres such as: poetry, drama, short stories and the novel.

There is a focus on the requirements of the National Curriculum for: reading, writing and speaking and listening at Key Stages 3 and 4. The Drama element of the course involves practical work and study of texts, including Shakespeare. There is also an exploration of the 14-19 Framework documentation and the importance it places on Literacy.

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme.

Entry requirements

Degree in English or where English has been a substantial component of the course with a 2.2 classification; plus GCSE grade B in mathematics and English language; interview which involves tests in literacy and numeracy and a comprehension task; entry is also subject to a satisfactory health check and satisfactory criminal records check.

Course modules

Modules include: professional development; curriculum studies in English.

Assessment methods

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,000 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff CF23 6XD Wales

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Student Recruitment Team
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