More about this course
This PGCE in Secondary English with Media degree at London Metropolitan University trains you to become a fully-qualified teacher. You'll train to teach 11 to 16-year-olds, but experience teaching at post-16 level can also be arranged on request.
You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to promote high standards of language and literacy. This will also help develop school pupils’ love of literature and reading for their own enjoyment.
We run this course in collaboration with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC tutors will provide you with support throughout the course, drawing on their extensive experience of consultancy for schools and running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. You’ll continue to receive support from a dedicated EMC tutor throughout your school experience.
This PGCE course benefits from our London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their English and media skills.
We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.
You might be eligible for a bursary or scholarship to undertake this course.
Where this course can take you
This intensive PGCE School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds. London Metropolitan University’s students have an excellent rate of finding teaching positions within six months of graduating, with some having gone on to work at schools including Ark Academy, East Barnet School and Kingsford Community School.
This is a year-long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
- the theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
- access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
- sessions on pedagogy, English language and literature, mathematics, science and foundation subjects
- training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of the these curriculum areas
Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
- support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
- discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this supports effective learning relationships
- understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
- introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
- teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas
120 days spread across two London placements learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools
In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensure your subject knowledge is up-to-date.