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PGCE Secondary English

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.  Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range. 

The English route is designed to produce reflective, analytical and effective classroom practitioners.

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Entry Requirements

Typically, candidates will have an honours degree with a classification of 2.2 or above.

At least fifty per cent of the degree content will have been in English.

All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics.  

Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

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Student view

Rosina Clemo
PGCE Secondary English
The teaching and learning approach for this course has been exemplary. Every subject day has been a master class in facilitating learning and I truly appreciate the work and effort that the tutor has put into planning these days.
As mentioned, the planning behind subject study days is outstanding and true preparation for school experience. I love that there is an honest dialogue in University about everything that this year has encompassed, from school experience to government strategies and frameworks. Tied into this is the tutor’s overwhelming support and guidance which allowed us to explore the world of education and teaching and our place within it.
Debbie Edden
PGCE Secondary English

The sheer volume of learning we have experiences and the fact that I felt not a moment of subject studies has been wasted.  I wish we had time for more of it!  I have loved the variety and depth of knowledge and understanding and that our thinking and ideas have constantly been challenged – we have been pushed to be the best that we can be.  I think that the opportunity and space that the PGCE offers to consider what type of teacher you want to be, and how to achieve it, outside of the school context is so valuable and fundamental to reaching that goal.

Verity Scott
PGCE Secondary English

The PGCE at Chichester has been an extremely thorough training year that has given me a firm grounding in both pedagogical theory and practice.  It has prepared me for a career of lifelong learning and professional development.  With the expert support of the university’s tutors and in-school mentors,  I have been able to grow and develop as a teacher throughout the year, and am now looking forward to taking the next steps in my career.

L Offord
PGCE Secondary English

I started the course with little experience and did worry that I would not keep up. The tutor has anticipated areas of difficulty and always offers genuine support and encouragement which has enabled me to become an independent and autonomous teacher. I have been able to see my own progress and development over time and this culminated in attending an interview where I knew exactly what my vision for English was and what I was looking for. Thank you!

Course content

The course will build upon prior experience to equip trainees with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of English language and literature across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum and to A level.

The two subject study modules, which are based at the university’s Bognor Regis campus, are complemented by a Professional Studies programme, also at Bognor Regis.

'The course is carefully designed to work to and beyond the standards for teachers.  The students feel that their development is strong through the course, and the subject tutor is highly significant in this, providing a consistently high-quality and appropriate student experience.  Students and their mentors feel that this is a course of high quality which focuses on development through focused expertise and support. Students are well trained and consequently highly employable.' 
External examiner's report

Course fees for 2017/18 £9250


Additional Costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

 

Prospective trainees who are interested in English but do not have much English in their degree may be interested in our SKE course.

The SKE is designed to open up fresh opportunities for careers in secondary English teaching to a large number of graduates of all ages who will previously have been ineligible because of their first degree choice of subject.

The SKE in English aims to enhance the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of English language and literature to equip the participant with the necessary subject knowledge to be able to train to teach English at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 in secondary schools. The SKE should enable participants to go on to achieve successful completion of a Secondary English ITT route, whether via PGCE, Schools Direct or SCITT and

The SKE in English lasts for 16 weeks, and contains over 400 hours of tutor-led, self-supported study. This on-line course will also provide regular, written feedback on your progress which will identify strengths as well as areas for continuing development. In addition, Skype or telephone tutorials will be available if required.

Am I eligible?

Graduates in any subject who have some English in their background, such as an A-level in English language or English Literature or an undergraduate degree in a relatable subject, are eligible.  If you have any questions about the suitability of your qualifications or experience, please contact us for free advice.

Bursary for the SKE English Course

A training bursary of up to £200 per week will be paid to students on the SKE English Course. No fees are payable for the course and no top-up fees apply either.

For advice or more information please contact:

Debbie Hickman, PGCE Secondary English Co-ordinator

d.hickman@chi.ac.uk

01243 812049

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Teaching and assessment

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000-word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters) and two blocks of School Experience.

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

Additional Costs

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Testimonials & Contact us

'The University of Chichester's English PGCE programme is for me the most rigorous and thorough teacher training programme on the South Coast. Having worked with other institutions, I was impressed by both the level of detail and thought expected from trainees, as well as the pedagogical and pastoral support afforded them when the going gets tough. I have been lucky enough to work with the subject tutor and her team with a number of trainees and have seen them all progress rapidly and go on to have successful careers.'
Joe Were (PGCE English Mentor)
Teaching champion and KS4 Co-Ordinator, St Edmund’s Catholic School

‘Being a PGCE mentor with Chichester means I work closely with the university to help guide and support trainees in their individual journeys towards qualification. I value the university as the programme is rigorous, proficient and professional. The vast knowledge, good sense and direction from the subject tutor is important in providing both the trainee, and me as a mentor, with the direction needed; this is always individualised for each trainee. When you need support as a developing teacher, it is accessible - sometimes you may find yourself as a trainee discovering aspects of teaching which you may think are too much of a challenge, but liaison with the university (and your school-based mentor) always leads to the right support being offered. This provision goes as much for me as a mentor as it does for trainees. With Chichester you will be well-supported, but you will also be independent and work with teachers, your mentor and students – and their parents - at your placement schools. On this course, you will feel like a teacher and you will feel like a student at university at times, but both the practical and the theoretical knowledge you will gain from this route into teaching, will reap rewards in terms of your professional understanding of what it is like to be a teacher today.’
Denise Chick (PGCE English Mentor and Lead Coach)
Felpham Community College 

‘This job is challenging. It is rewarding and fulfilling, but you stand or fall on the quality of initial training and support you receive, both at the University and in your placements. Every aspect of the training needs to be, and indeed is, integrated and thoughtfully handled. I am an experienced mentor, but each student that falls under my care is unique and I can be sure that whatever the discussion I need to have with the University, I am always able to conduct it in the knowledge that each one of you is valued and every attempt made to understand you as an individual. What this means is that the training is tailored, professional but caring. Sometimes this means having to have honest discussions with you......These will always be followed by constructive planning and support. There will come a break -even point in the relationship when finally your mentor will realise they are able to walk away, stop worrying and know that you really can do this because, if you fulfil your side of the bargain, your really will be able to change and develop young minds. I wish you joy in your work, the ability to balance your life carefully, and a capacity for listening and self-control, for the last two will be pushed to the limit - never beyond.’ 
Sally Catchpole (PGCE English Mentor), The Weald

‘The opportunity to ground ourselves in a vision for our subject, which we could use as an anchor during placement so that we became our own teacher rather than carbon copies of those whose practice we see on placement.’  Emily Staffiere, PGCE Secondary English 

‘I feel the quality of teaching, level of support and beliefs instilled have prepared me excellently for a career in teaching.’ Will Walder, PGCE Secondary English 

'As someone who was seriously considering school based teacher training I can honestly say the PGCE has provided an invaluable balance of outstanding support, inspiration and knowledge whilst still allowing me to develop as an informed and independent practitioner.' M Wallis, PGCE Secondary English 

'I've just learned and developed and reflected so much in one year. What a fantastic course and led by a true mentor!' K Heane, PGCE Secondary English

'The learning and teaching approach is outstanding and prepares us more fully to be independent and reflective teachers.' O Francis, PGCE Secondary English

'The University of Chichester's English PGCE programme is for me the most rigorous and thorough teacher training programme on the South Coast. Having worked with other institutions, I was impressed by both the level of detail and thought expected from trainees, as well as the pedagogical and pastoral support afforded them when the going gets tough. I have been lucky enough to work with the subject tutor and her team with a number of trainees and have seen them all progress rapidly and go on to have successful careers.' Joe Were (PGCE English Mentor) Teaching champion and KS4 Co-Ordinator, St Edmund’s Catholic School 

‘Being a PGCE mentor with Chichester means I work closely with the university to help guide and support trainees in their individual journeys towards qualification. I value the university as the programme is rigorous, proficient and professional. The vast knowledge, good sense and direction from the subject tutor is important in providing both the trainee, and me as a mentor, with the direction needed; this is always individualised for each trainee. When you need support as a developing teacher, it is accessible - sometimes you may find yourself as a trainee discovering aspects of teaching which you may think are too much of a challenge, but liaison with the university (and your school-based mentor) always leads to the right support being offered. This provision goes as much for me as a mentor as it does for trainees. With Chichester you will be well-supported, but you will also be independent and work with teachers, your mentor and students – and their parents - at your placement schools. On this course, you will feel like a teacher and you will feel like a student at university at times, but both the practical and the theoretical knowledge you will gain from this route into teaching, will reap rewards in terms of your professional understanding of what it is like to be a teacher today.Denise Chick PGCE English Mentor and Lead coach, Felpham Community College

‘This job is challenging. It is rewarding and fulfilling, but you stand or fall on the quality of initial training and support you receive, both at the University and in your placements. Every aspect of the training needs to be, and indeed is, integrated and thoughtfully handled. I am an experienced mentor, but each student that falls under my care is unique and I can be sure that whatever the discussion I need to have with the University, I am always able to conduct it in the knowledge that each one of you is valued and every attempt made to understand you as an individual. What this means is that the training is tailored, professional but caring. Sometimes this means having to have honest discussions with you......These will always be followed by constructive planning and support. There will come a break -even point in the relationship when finally your mentor will realise they are able to walk away, stop worrying and know that you really can do this because, if you fulfil your side of the bargain, your really will be able to change and develop young minds. I wish you joy in your work, the ability to balance your life carefully, and a capacity for listening and self-control, for the last two will be pushed to the limit - never beyond.’ Sally Catchpole English mentor, The Weald


Debbie Hickman
PGCE English Co-ordinator
D.Hickman@chi.ac.uk

 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) & Contact us

External examiner’s report on the PGCE Secondary English course: ‘Students’ strong subject knowledge in terms of education (pedagogy, theory) and English and students’ practice is indicative of strong training both at University and school.’ External examiner’s report 2015 Prospective trainees who are interested in English but do not have much English in their degree may be interested in our SKE course. The SKE is designed to open up fresh opportunities for careers in secondary English teaching to a large number of graduates of all ages who will previously have been ineligible because of their first degree choice of subject. The SKE in English aims to enhance the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of English language and literature to equip the participant with the necessary subject knowledge to be able to train to teach English at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 in secondary schools. The SKE should enable participants to go on to achieve successful completion of a Secondary English ITT route, whether via PGCE, Schools Direct or SCITT. The SKE in English lasts for 16 weeks, and contains over 400 hours of tutor-led, self-supported study. This on-line course will also provide regular, written feedback on your progress which will identify strengths as well as areas for continuing development. In addition, Skype or telephone tutorials will be available if required. Am I eligible? Graduates in any subject who have some English in their background, such as an A-level in English language or English Literature or an undergraduate degree in a relatable subject, are eligible. If you have any questions about the suitability of your qualifications or experience, please contact us for free advice. Bursary for the SKE English Course A training bursary of up to £200 per week will be paid to students on the SKE English Course. No fees are payable for the course and no top-up fees apply either. For advice or more information please email d.hickman@chi.ac.uk Contact details Debbie Hickman PGCE Secondary English co-ordinator d.hickman@chi.ac.uk 01243 812049