University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (English)

Like the PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers 120 credits at Master�s level; thus following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies; the teaching sessions are interactive, encouraging reflection and analysis; students learn how to frame appropriate learning objectives which meet National Curriculum and Framework requirements for Key Stages 3 and 4 and how to plan lessons which engage and motivate pupils; all key areas of teaching English are covered, including writing, reading, speaking and listening, grammar, media, drama, assessment and post 16; during the 2 school placements and serial practice students apply what they have learned and continue their learning through observing experienced teachers, team teaching with peers and teachers, and supported solo teaching with the student�s own classes.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 50 per cent is English relevant to the National Curriculum; graduates with degrees in subjects such as drama, media or journalism are also encouraged to apply; applicants with less than 50 per cent English in their degree may be asked to complete some Open University modules in order to meet the requirement; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases: preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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