University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

Secondary Education (English)

PGCE English addresses how teachers and learners can thrive and flourish, how they can inspire and be inspired. The course offers you the outstanding opportunity to develop your pedagogic skills and augment your experience of teaching the 11-18 age range while critically evaluating the aims and methods of teaching both English language and literature.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualification, usually in English language or English literature. At least 1 A Level of direct relevance to the National Curriculum. Experience of working with the 11-18 age range.

Plus: English language and mathematics GCSEs (or equivalent) with grade C or higher; satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (or, for candidates from overseas, the equivalent level of clearance); possess the appropriate qualities, values and attitudes expected of a teacher; be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English; meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme.

Course modules

Secondary Practical Teaching covers your work placements in 2 partnership schools where you will acquire direct teaching experience. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers and children in both Secondary Key Stages and post-16. Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (1) and Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (2) engage with the contemporary educational and professional issues related to the 11 to 18 age range. You will focus upon the relationship between theory, research evidence and practice, and explore the practical aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment, differing learning styles, classroom organisation and behaviour management. These 2 modules support and complement the Secondary English module and closely link to your placement work. Secondary English reinforces your own knowledge and understanding of geography, and investigates the principles and concepts of 'best practice' for teaching, learning and assessment in English. You will acquire the ability to plan, teach and manage English lessons to National Curriculum requirements, and learn to communicate the value of learning english and assess the learning impact of your own lessons.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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