Language is at the heart of everything we do. It sustains thought, development and community. As an excellent written and verbal communicator, this is your chance to strengthen young people's English skills through writing, reading, speaking and listening. Whether chairing a lively debate or navigating a class through a complex Shakespeare extract, you'll be an inspiring influence for pupils from all backgrounds.
At Middlesex University, we are passionate about language and literature in all its forms. Combining your enthusiasm for literature and communication with the educational theory and practice offered on this course, our team of experienced English teachers will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to both educate and inspire secondary English pupils. Through interactive workshops, tutorials, lectures and debates, this one-year full-time course enables you to meet and exceed the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status.
During your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools and have the chance to acquire skills in the pedagogy of English teaching and in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. In this highly personalised programme schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.
The course includes interrelated elements that focus on the school and classroom, language, literature and communication. Key areas addressed during the course include the teaching of literature, media aspects of English; an exploration of support for language and learning needs; and the role of Drama within English.
This is a structured programme of English teaching methodology and application workshops and seminars. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to teach English. You will be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning through formative and summative assessment strategies.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective curriculum and as transferable skills. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach English effectively.
Professional studies is a programme of lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary issues in education and professional development. This part of the course takes place partly at the University and partly at school through lectures, workshops and seminars to mixed subject groups.
You will find this an intensive 36-week course, during which you will be expected to to carry out assignments during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods.
This module aims to prepare students during their first school experience. It develops their preparation skills and enables collaboration with their fellow students, subject mentors, and professional co-ordinating mentors. Students learn to address and meet the expectations specified by the statutory teaching standards. The school-based element of this module lasts for approximately 50 days.
This module encourages students to build on the experience gained in School Experience 1. It aims to provide an extended, individual school experience across the age ranges 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19. Students undertake 74 days of teaching across a six-month period, so that they can address the standards specified by the Teachers' Standards.
Students spend at least 120 days in schools, where they teach for approximately 60% of the timetable. Each period of School-Based Training is over four days each week with one day in University (totalling 60 days) where students attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
Subject studies are assessed in a variety of ways including a school-based special study (a teaching resource). Progressive developments of teaching skills are recorded using criteria-referenced assessment proforma. Professional studies are assessed by a range of written tasks: observation of the students, teaching and evaluative discussions with course tutors and school-based mentors and teachers.
It is recommended that you undertake at least two weeks' work experience within a Secondary English classroom before applying.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and complete a placement form. Further details will be sent to you once you receive an offer.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. We also accept equivalency tests such as A Star or Equivalency Testing.
Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us. Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please see further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.
You need to apply via the UCAS website. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is Q3X1.
Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements. Your offer will also be conditional subject to passing the Department for Education professional skills tests by a nominated date, in the event that you have not already passed the skills tests at the time of the interview.
Middlesex University has consistently high employment rates for its teaching programmes. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates start their first teaching post at the school where they completed a placement during the programme.
Our course gives you qualified teacher status. Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession. Our employment rates are extremely high with 93% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation, earning an average starting salary of £26,000.
is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for PGCE Secondary English. A former secondary Deputy Head Teacher, Ross is also a tutor for the Institute of Education.
is a Senior Lecturer, experienced English teacher and the Programme Leader of Professional Studies. As a former Professional Coordinating mentor at a London school Gareth is very familiar with training programmes and the needs of both schools and trainees.
is a Senior Lecturer, ex Head of English, and Programme Leader for Drama with English. Her responsibilities also include oversight of students registered with the dyslexia and disabilities unit at Middlesex University.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
£9,000 per year full-time.
UK/EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan which covers your fees and is only repayable after your graduate. In addition, UK students may be eligible for additional grants and loans.
Generous Department for Education bursaries of up to £9,000 are available for eligible UK/EU students.