University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Secondary Education (English)

The aim of the English course is to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils language development and who understand how to ensure progression in pupils written, reading and oral skills so that they develop into skilled and critical readers, writers and speakers. Students are encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

Entry requirements

An enthusiasm for the written word and an appreciation of how language and images are used in imaginative, diverse and original ways. Applicants should be enthusiastic readers of literary and non literary texts, with a desire to pass on their enthusiasm to learners of all abilities. Preferably, they will have studied texts that are part of the English literary heritage as well as those from different cultures and traditions. An Honours degree in English or a degree which is at least 66% English (a 1st or a 2.1 is expected). In exceptional circumstances and dependant on an audit of subject knowledge, applications from candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit (for example those with creative writing, journalism or media degrees). Applicants should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or 6th form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation or be in the process of arranging to gain this. GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level 2 numeracy (level 2 numeracy or literacy are not equivalent). In addition students should have excellent written and oral communication skills; a good understanding of the structure of English and of linguistic and literary concepts.

Course modules

Over the 1 year course, you undertake 2 periods of university based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between 2 different schools; a university tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers; all course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,050 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
City Campus Wolverhampton WV1 1SB West Midlands

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