University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (English)

The programme is designed to meet the needs of trainee teachers throughout the 11-16 age range. In addition there will be an opportunity to be involved in an enhancement experience in the post-16 age range. By the end of the programme, we hope that our students will be: enthusiastic and confident in the classroom; pedagogically skilful and adaptable; specialists in the teaching of their academic subject; able to see their subject in the context of the whole curriculum; competent in a number of areas that cross secondary school curriculum boundaries; able to work as part of a team. Students enjoy a variety of educational experiences, including a subject enrichment week, designed to consolidate and extend English related skills and knowledge in a range of creative, innovative forms.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours degree; GCSE C or above in English language and mathematics; satisfactory levels of ICT competence; at least 10 days observation in school - this will undoubtedly enhance your potential at interview and will allow you to show a demonstrable interest in teaching, especially within the subject area; this could be shown in a number of ways such as subject enhancement courses, learning mentor scheme, aim higher scheme, time spent as a teaching assistant (TA) or cover supervisor and/or other associated courses.

Course modules

Associate teachers (as students are referred to it when in school) will have two blocks of school experience in different schools selected from the partnership, where they will demonstrate standards for the award of QTS. During this time in school, associate teachers will teach a reduced timetable, but responsibility will be that of a practising teacher. They will have a subject mentor at the school who will work closely with them on a day to day basis, and a university tutor will make regular visits to monitor progress.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Lesson observation feedback, development of subject knowledge, assignments and the submission of teaching and professional files.

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
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

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