University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Secondary Education (English)

This course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); this programme has been refined and developed for over a decade by the current course tutors in order to offer students the best possible start to their teaching career; central to our practice is an examination of the power and potential of literature and language within the comprehensive secondary school; this entails developing a secure understanding of literacy: how and why children learn to read and write, and which strategies and methods best enable pupils to reflect a broad and incisive command of the textual forms and media which surround them; we are keen to develop students' understanding of English as a creative, arts-based subject and their confidence in drama methods at the same time as building their technical grasp of language in practice and in theory; integral to the course is a consideration of social, cultural and environmental values within English as represented in the texts and methods chosen for study and teaching; equal opportunities and inclusion are addressed both explicitly as topics and as a regular and essential part of planning and teaching; students are taught from the outset using practical, classroom strategies (the hands-on approach) which gives them a secure sense of the craft of teaching.

Entry requirements

At least GCSE/ O-level at grade C or an equivalent qualification in English and mathematics; a degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Course modules

Modules include: Curriculum studies (main subject specialism); education and professional studies; school experience.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,370 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

PGCE Office, Graduate School of Education