University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Secondary Education (English)

The course equips trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach English across the secondary age range; including some opportunities to know more about 16-19 teaching; candidates should note that the majority of schools in the Southampton partnership serve 11-6 cohorts and access to post-16 experience is limited to guest speakers; independent inquiries and observations in the main; the course aims to develop trainees subject knowledge in English through a range of approaches; workshops; seminars; lectures and demonstrations; simulations and micro-teaching activities; independent and group research and through reading and writing activities; the central focus of the course is on teaching English in a challenging yet accessible way and understanding how children learn; the course promotes a model of English that values language; literature; media and drama teaching and offers opportunities to develop new and innovative practice in working with information and communication technology (ICT) in English.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree awarded by a British University or by the CNAA or an equivalent qualification; mature students with relevant previous classroom experience but a lower degree class are considered; GCSE passes (grades A-C) or the equivalent in English language and mathematics; enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Record Bureau; medical assessment; interview.

Assessment methods

Trainees are assessed formatively and summatively across the course; this ensures that progress is reviewed regularly and trainees are aware of the progress being made against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); there are informal activities that need to be completed, and are important in developing a deeper insight into effective teaching; there are 3 elements common to all trainees in order to complete the course successfully; all trainees have to demonstrate that their teaching is suitable to meet the Standards for QTS; secondly, as part of the Standards everyone must pass QTS skills tests in literacy; numeracy and information and communication technology (there is a TDA test centre on campus); finally everyone must pass 2 major assignments; called the curriculum subject assignment (CSA) and special study assignment (SSA); the CSA is based in an aspect of subject teaching; whereas the SSA is based around a study of a whole school issue; the assignments are marked at Master's level and if successful, trainees leave with 60 credits towards a Master's degree and a post-graduate certificate in education.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

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Key information

PGCE Secondary Office
Telephone number: 
023 8059 3473