University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (English)

This course is for students who want to teach in secondary school. It will provide you with all the skills needed to become a successful English teacher. The course blends university sessions with school placements and is founded on the principle of helping trainees to reflect and build upon the connections between university and school experiences. Available via School Direct only.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.2 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in English language or literature is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2.1 Honours degrees. We also consider applicants with degrees in related subjects such as media, film studies and drama if supported by strong A-levels in English and/or literature. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study. 5-10 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism is preferred; with competitive subjects such as English, we may not select you without this experience. Our interviews provide us with further information to supplement the UCAS form and also allow us to consider how applicants perform in group discussion situations, and to question them further about their motivations and their skills, knowledge and experience. Candidates are also asked to teach a short micro lesson (on one of a range of given topics) as if to a year 7 class, and to reflect on this process. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

We cover all aspects of the English curriculum. Specific modules allow for a focus on assessment, language, poetry and media. The curriculum development module is designed to raise your awareness of past and present contexts in English, as well as future possibilities. We also cover general teaching modules, including: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; professional skills, knowledge and practice; curriculum development; classroom research for beginning teachers.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School Direct LA1 3JD

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Course Enquiry Centre
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