Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University

Secondary Education (English)

This course offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas. PGCE students are also registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7). You will benefit from support from both Leeds Trinity University staff and fellow trainees to ensure the year runs as smoothly as possible. You will gain experience of teaching in a range of school contexts, being offered excellent support throughout the process. You will be able to identify strengths and areas for development in your teaching expertise as you move to your NQT year as you become increasingly reflective and evaluative as a teacher.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.1 or above and preferably single honours) with a significant proportion of English. GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) English and mathematics; suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools; attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher; ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English; capacity to meet the Secretary of State�s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. When selecting candidates for interview for the PGCE Secondary English course we are looking in particular for appropriate and secure subject knowledge as well as evidence of commitment to a career teaching English in a secondary school. In addition to the essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have: an upper 2nd or 1st Class degree (in English or in a closely related subject such as creative writing, theatre studies or media studies); Grade B or A at Advanced level in English literature or English language and A or A* in GCSE English; completed a programme of secondary school visits to observe the teaching of English in this country. We encourage applications from mature students who may not match the academic profile outlined above but who can demonstrate that they have developed their subject expertise by working for a substantial period of time supporting the teaching of English in a secondary school context. An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate. All entrants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses are required to be declared as �fit to train to teach�, you will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.

Course modules

The Provider-led PGCE courses are structured into 3 stages. During Stage 1 trainees are based in both the University and in partnership schools. Centre-based training focuses on subject teaching, planning and classroom management. Schools provide opportunities to observe, support and teach. Stages 2 and 3 are school-based teaching placements with trainees teaching a 30-70% timetable. Training is individualised to needs, with School-based Tutors and a University Link Tutor supporting your progress.

Assessment methods

Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focussed written assignments. Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the Teachers� Standards will be assessed by observing your performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking. Your self-review and attendance at training activities will support your development.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leeds Trinity University Leeds LS18 5HD Yorkshire and the Humber

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