Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Secondary English (with QTS)

This programme prepares you for a rewarding career as a successful and inspirational teacher of English. You will provided with opportunities to learn from academics, current practitioners and external speakers who are at the cutting edge of English education. You will be working with outstanding professionals to explore how teaching and learning enables pupils to apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes of English, both inside and outside the classroom.

During your training you will focus on various approaches and pedagogies relating to English teaching. In doing so, you will learn how to put theory into practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. In addition to this you will explore the popular and traditional signature pedagogies used in English teaching. The pedagogy sessions will help you form a deeper understanding of the role and nature of English in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for your subject.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary English students and emphasise active learning and learner-centred teaching. These sessions also fill in gaps in knowledge that may be apparent from your first degree. In doing so, the subject knowledge sessions will help prepare you for the necessary broadening of your subject knowledge.

Entry requirements

You should usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in an English-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, you will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months

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