Why study this course?
This Secondary English with Media course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the master's level PGCE qualification. It prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds and, by arrangement, can prepare you for post-16 teaching.
You’ll learn the principles of effective English teaching and how to develop school pupils’ love of literature.
A dedicated tutor will provide you with support throughout your training, while school placements will provide you with hands-on practical experience in the classroom.
Successful graduates of our PGCE secondary courses achieve high results, with almost 100% passing the course. Department for Education (DfE) bursaries are available for this course.
More about this course
This PGCE in Secondary English with Media degree 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.
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
- School placement A
- School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
- a Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
- the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore broader issues and policies related to English and education
Module 1 - Curriculum Studies, includes:
- the theoretical underpinning of English as a subject
- the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
- sessions on English language and literature (and the aspects of English: reading, writing, speaking and listening)
- training to assess school pupils' progress in each of 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 underpins 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
There are no examinations.
You will spend 120 days in school 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.
This course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
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In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a UK degree, preferably grade 2.2 or equivalent
- literacy and numeracy tests — these are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at your interview
- a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check) which you will be advised to apply for after an offer is made
- GCSE English grade B/6 and GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)*
If you hold a third class degree, you may still be considered, particularly if this qualification is supported by a completed master's degree or relevant work experience.
We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your application.
We highly recommend the one-to-one tailored advice on eligibility and equivalency offered by the Department for Education Get Into Teaching service.
*If you need to take an equivalency test for any of the required GCSEs, please sign up for A Star Equivalency or Equivalency Testing. They offer all three GCSE equivalencies. Please be aware that you may need to undertake study towards the exam, either with the equivalency organisation or independently.
Alternatively, you might want to sign up for a college course in the relevant subject, though this is likely to take longer and you may not have the chance for a re-sit, if required, prior to the start of the PGCE course.
Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:
- you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country
Prior to the interview for this course, London Met recommends:
- you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience in a school
- you are prepared for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
- you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
- you're aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application
Some offers may recommend further school experience if required.
International students and English language requirements
Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals may be considered for admission who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
English language requirements
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
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.
What our students say
“London Met was very proactive in providing support and guidance for my new teaching post. The team educated me on everything necessary to prepare me for my forthcoming role; they are highly skilled professionals who were able to support me through my interview process as well as answer any queries regarding the teaching industry. With regards to course content, I felt everything covered during lectures and the professional studies sessions was relevant to my development and future prospects as a teacher.”
Jatinder Chohan, London Met trainee and Year 5 teacher at Rosedale Hewens Academy, Harlington.
“I really enjoyed my course at London Metropolitan University. There was a lot to learn, but the support and guidance from my tutor and mentors was excellent throughout and by the end of the course I really felt prepared to take on my first mainstream teaching assignment. The tutors and lecturers helped me set the right goals for my development as a teacher as well as giving me the tools to succeed. I had two great school placements arranged by the University and I feel these were key to building my confidence. I was really happy to be offered a job by one of these schools – my PGCE year couldn’t have ended better.”
Maira Rodrigues, London Met trainee and Year 4 teacher at Lloyd Williamson Primary School, Kensington.
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.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Top tips for applications
- Ask somebody you trust to check your personal statement, both for accuracy of writing and for focused, relevant content.
- Ensure that your personal statement addresses your reasons for choosing the exact course, phase or subject specialism. Make sure that all potentially relevant experience is referred to in your statement – if you don’t tell us, we won’t know!
- Don’t wait until you have passed all relevant qualifications before applying (but make sure you tell us about them – otherwise, again, we won’t know).
- If your qualifications are from another country, you will have to get an ENIC statement of equivalence.
- Make sure you have read all the relevant course documentation and requirements before applying.
- If in doubt, ask!
Important information for international students looking to apply for the autumn 2022 intake
Due to unprecedented demand for our courses for the autumn 2022 intake, we took the decision to close international admissions for our postgraduate courses for applicants for the upcoming intake on Tuesday 5 July 2022. You can still apply for the spring 2023 intake (where available) or our autumn 2023 intake.
How to apply
You can apply for all teacher training courses, apart from the assessment-only route, through the Department for Education’s “Apply for teacher training” service.
You have the option to apply to London Met or one of our partner schools. To apply to us, select London Metropolitan University as the training provider and then choose the relevant course. You can also use the following codes:
Training provider code: L68
Course code: 38CQ
When to apply
Please apply as early as possible to maximise your chances of securing a place. The application window opens in early October for courses starting the following September.
Do not wait until you’ve met all the criteria before applying.
If you’re not sure whether you meet the criteria, please do one of the following:
- Contact us to enquire about the eligibility of your qualifications and experience. We’ll be able to let you know whether the Level 2 Maths certificate that you have is accepted for teacher training, or whether your degree is considered relevant to the secondary course you’re applying for.
- Apply early and make it clear in your personal statement what steps you propose to take to get the relevant qualifications or experience.
Places are limited by the Teaching Regulation Agency and are offered on a first come, first served basis. We also operate waiting lists for these courses.To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.
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