University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Secondary Education (English)

Students acquire knowledge and experience of teaching literature, English language, drama, and media studies in creative and imaginative ways. Knowledge of the canon of poetry, plays and novels are necessary to be able to deliver the curriculum and students should be familiar with classic works as well as a range of modern fiction, non-fiction, multimodal texts and poetry suitable for all ages and of new emerging genres and other virtual areas where young people are creative with reading and writing. Subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars are designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the role of the National Curriculum in relation to English and issues such as lesson planning and assessment. Students undertake 2 placements in contrasting schools in addition to observation practice in a primary school.

Entry requirements

2nd Class Honours degree or above where English or its related components represent at least 50 per cent of the degree. GCSE English and mathematics grade C or above. Recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK secondary school. Criminal Records Bureau check, medical check, interview and test.

Course modules

The nature of English and the English curriculum; learning and teaching methodologies with practical application; assessment for learning; use of technology in supporting learning.

Assessment methods

There are no formal examinations and the continuous assessment is based on achieving the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status specified in the most recent government documentation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bedford Campus Bedford MK41 9EA South East

Key information

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