Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

English

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training. We are committed to providing high quality university and school-led training and have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges in the North West region and offer a wide range of secondary subject disciplines.

Our PGCE English has a well established regional and national reputation for training high quality teachers of English which is reflected in the excellent record of trainees securing sought-after posts. English is a core secondary school subject with a wide-ranging syllabus, including English Language and Literature, and supporting studies, such as Media Education and Drama. You will learn how to deliver the National Curriculum and GCSE requirements and within the principles of inclusive education, you will develop an understanding of children's reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This course is available via University and School Direct routes. We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

Degree
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to English.

For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

We will consider any of the following:-

  • Typically English or Linguistics degrees. 
  • Joint degree in the following (but English must form at least 50% of the degree): English and Media or Drama or Journalism, but only if they have real strengths in other areas such as teaching/ school experience etc.
  • A small number of places may be available to candidates with real strengths who have degrees in the following areas:- creative writing, linguistics, American literature. 

(Please note: We will not consider degrees that are solely Journalism, Law or Psychology).

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

Additional requirements
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.  A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Course modules

Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase

This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.

Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase

The Enrichment Unit requires you to demonstrate evidence that you have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include: 

Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs. 
A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified.

Professional Practice

This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements. 

Subject Pedagogy (English)

English is a wide and diverse subject in secondary schools and supporting studies, such as media education and drama, are incorporated within it. The course aims to provide you with the confidence and competence to teach this important core subject. Within the frameworks of the National Curriculum (2012) and through your own practitioner research and enquiry, you will develop understanding of children's reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as pedagogical methods for teaching literature and language across the key stages.

The English methodology strand is the core of your PGCE course both in school and in the university. The main subject strand deals not only with methodology but also with the necessary educational theory relevant to teaching English. Emphasis is given to subject pedagogy, as well as considering models of planning, delivery, assessment, classroom management and organisation. Also considered is the role of language in teaching, the teaching of pupils with special educational needs, EAL pupils, personalised learning, Inclusion and behaviour.

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

Qualifications

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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

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