PGCE Secondary English with QTS
PGCE English (11-16) with QTS
University, Level 7
This is the perfect opportunity for you to work towards a rewarding and challenging career at the McMillan School of Education, an established centre for teacher education set in a stimulating, diverse environment.
Our aim is to facilitate your transition from successful graduate to competent early career teacher (ECT). In addition to being an academic course, successful completion of the PGCE Secondary programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). By the end of the course you will have been provided with the necessary training and opportunities to support your progress towards successfully meeting the Teachers’ Standards and recommendation for QTS. The course aims to develop you as a reflective practitioner who will be able to improve continuously your own knowledge, understanding and skills.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at Bradford College is delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University as the accredited provider. Find out more on our partnership page.
This partnership will enable Bradford College to continue to deliver qualified teacher training qualifications in Bradford.
The ITT partnership agreement is currently being finalised, as such, Bradford College will be open to provisional applications for the 2024-25 academic year via DfE Apply and will reserve the right to make any formal offers until the contract is formally in place.
You will study all areas of the secondary curriculum for this subject and link practice to theory, completing academic modules at Level 7. Bradford College sessions are relevant, often practically based, and address the subject knowledge, teaching techniques (pedagogy) and professionalism needed to support children and young people in their learning.
The course is designed to make strong links between theory and practice in school, meeting the minimum entitlement outlined in the ITT: Core Content Framework within an ambitious curriculum designed by Leeds Trinity University. You will be supported by tutors and mentors in college and in school to prepare you for your career in teaching.
School experience is a vital part of your teacher training programme. A key strength of the PGCE course is how theory and practice are related by working with children in placement schools -with support provided by experienced mentors.
Your placements will be arranged for you within the age range of 11-16. Every effort is made to ensure that the most appropriate placements are chosen for each trainee to enhance their professional development. We have strong links with local schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Placement schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring areas to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from across the region.
A good honours degree with a significant proportion in English.
GCSE Grade 4 (or C or accepted equivalent) in English Language or English Literature and Mathematics. If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, please refer to the GCSE Equivalency information below.
Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
Applicants also need to demonstrate the commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a secondary teacher and the potential to train as a teacher. Strong applicants often have experience in secondary schools, but this is not a requirement.
The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
The capacity to meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.
In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have:
- Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in English.
- Experience of observing the teaching in a secondary school in this country.
If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with A Star Equivalency, equivalencytesting.com or Birmingham City University (BCU) bcu.ac.uk. Further details are emailed to applicants who accept offers with us.
Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.
An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and a satisfactory medical. If you are offered and accept a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.
This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.
During each stage of your school-based training, you will be formatively assessed and your progress mapped against core competence statements. A summary judgment will be made at the end of each stage. This summary will provide you with further information about your areas of strength and targets to develop moving forwards. By the end of your training in school you will be expected to have met the Teachers’ Standards and a Summative Assessment will be made using the standards as a benchmark.
When you meet the Teachers’ Standards, you are then recommended for QTS by Leeds Trinity University as our accredited ITT training provider.
Successful completion of the course will give you the relevant training and expertise needed to continue to build the skills and knowledge you need to feel confident and empowered in your classroom as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).
You will be capable of planning, teaching and managing a class and your monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting skills will be well developed for this stage in your teaching career. You will understand the issues of accountability and the many professional responsibilities required of a teacher.
To apply for our Initial Teacher Training courses, you will need to submit your application through Find and Apply for postgraduate teacher training courses.
To find our courses, you can search us by training provider: Bradford College (B60). Then select Primary or Secondary and then select the subjects that you are interested in. This will then show you the courses that we have available.
Once you have submitted your application, it is sent to the Leeds Trinity University Admissions Team.
Once their team has received your application, they will conduct a check of your application to make sure that you have the correct entry requirements for the course you have applied for.
Your application will then come back to us at Bradford College, where we will arrange your interview and assessment (if required). If successful at your interview, our curriculum team will make you an offer to study with us. This offer will then be received by Leeds Trinity University who will update the DfE application as well as sending out formal confirmation of the offer. If you accept the offer, Leeds Trinity Admissions will be in touch to begin the process for the non-academic entry checks.
This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.
Full-time: £9,250 in 2024/25
For additional information on fees and funding your studies, visit Fees.
This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.
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