University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (English)

The Cambridge area teaching schools alliance (CATSA), which comprises Comberton Village College, Histon and Impington Junior School, Parkside Federation Academies, Saffron Walden County High School and Swavesey Village College, is working with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; the course covers how to teach all aspects of the subject including literature, language, literacy, media and drama; including speaking and listening, reading and writing; drama; language study; literature from different historical periods, cultures and traditions; non-literary texts; media and moving image texts; the use of information and communication technology; The course also addresses areas of enrichment such as museum and gallery education and learning in out-of-school contexts; there is an emphasis on encouraging trainees' own creativity in producing poetry, short stories, plays and videos; at least 1 of the professional placements takes place in CATSA schools and students receive targeted support from staff in these schools; trainees are required to be members of a Cambridge college; application to the programme must be made direct to the school rather than via the GTTR.

Entry requirements

Honours degree with a 1st or upper 2nd (2.1) classification; a 2.2 classification may be considered; at least 50 percent of degree modules must be in a relevant subject; 3 A levels at an average of grade B; GCSE passes (grade C or above) in English language and mathematics; 5-10 days work experience or observation in the year before application in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges, and subject; interview.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 17,880 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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Faculty of Education
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