University of York

University of York

Secondary Education (English)

During the university-based part of the autumn term trainees engage in a series of method sessions designed to teach them how to apply their subject knowledge in the classroom; these sessions are tracked against the requirements of the statutory national curriculum for English; additionally, trainees are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with post-16 provision and to explore the links between English and drama; key generic issues such as differentiation and assessment are threaded throughout the method sessions; this work is followed up and consolidated in placement schools where students have practical training in the skills needed to teach English; aspects of the course give students the opportunity to pursue particular areas of interest; for instance, a small-scale research study in their placement school; tutors and mentors work closely throughout the course to make sure that strong links are established between university-based method work and its classroom application; in the summer term trainees have the opportunity to refine their expertise in the light of the block placement by, for example, working alongside specialist guest tutors; organising English conferences and workshops for local schools; or during the professional enrichment phase of the course, exploring the teaching of English within and beyond the school context; the pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills; university tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences; to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading; the main phases of school experience currently are: An initial primary school placement; a 2 days per week autumn term placement, plus a 4-week mini-block teaching placement; a 15-week block teaching placement during most of the spring term and the early part of the summer term; a period of professional enrichment during the summer term; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; all entrants must have qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCE O-level or GCSE grade C or above or equivalent; an offer of a place on the course may be conditional on attending an extension or enhancement course to improve applicants' subject knowledge; admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure.

Assessment methods

The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves; assessment is continuous, there are no final examinations; all trainees also have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy set by the Teaching Agency in order to be awarded a qualified teaching certificate.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Alcuin College York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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