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Overview

This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach English in secondary schools. Leeds Trinity University offers Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of subject areas. Students are registered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7), and are recommended for the award of QTS to the DfE/NCTL.


Course Benefits

  • The secondary programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase.
  • We are a well-established provider of English teachers with strong links with schools in Yorkshire and across the North East.
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE English programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and nondenominational.
  • Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts.
  • University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher.
  • The employment rate of our students is very high.
  • Our graduates have taken up teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.
  • The course qualifies you to teach English at 11–16 with some post-16 enhancement​, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at different ages.

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Course Information

You already know that English should be an exciting and essential subject for any secondary school student. Whether they are studying the words of Shakespeare or Barack Obama or writing gothic horror or a tabloid article, learning English helps enlighten as well as enrich the lives of the students you want to teach.
Here at Leeds Trinity University, we will nurture your capacity to make the subject come alive for the students you teach. We will give you the skills and the space to practice them so that you can learn how to impact positively on the progress your students make.
​You will benefit from support from both Leeds Trinity University staff and fellow trainees to ensure the year runs as smoothly as possible. You will gain experience of teaching in a range of school contexts, being offered excellent support throughout the process. You will be able to identify strengths and areas for development in your teaching expertise as you move to your NQT year as you become increasingly reflective and evaluative as a teacher.

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum. ​

 
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​

 
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Assessment
During Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focussed written assignments.
 
During Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the Teachers’ standards will be assessed by observing your performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking.
 
Your self-review and attendance at training activities will support your development.

  • A good honours degree (2ii or above and preferably single honours) with a significant proportion of English.​
  • GCSE Grade C (or accepted equivalent) English and Mathematics. We offer our GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications.
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
  • Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher.
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English, and to have passed the DFE Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. Find out more on the STA Education website​.
  • 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:
  • An upper second or first class degree (in English or in a closely related subject such as Creative Writing, Theatre Studies or Media Studies).
  • Grade B or above at Advanced Level (A Level) in English Literature or English Language.
  • Grade B or above in GCSE English.
  • Experience of observing the teaching of English in a secondary school in this country.
We encourage applications from students who may not match the academic profile outlined above but who can demonstrate that they have developed their subject expertise by working for a substantial period of time supporting the teaching of English in a secondary school context.

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 a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.
 
Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.​

UK & EU Students:

​​​Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,000 in 2016–17. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. ​

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.   

English and EU students can apply and find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
​​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Rachel Rudman

​​​I'm Rachel Rudman, the secondary English tutor and I deliver the English subject application sessions during stage one of the course and offer individualised support and guidance as needed throughout the year. 


I also work as a secondary school link tutor - visiting trainees across all subjects whilst they're in school, observing lessons, meeting with trainees and mentors, and offering guidance to ensure that students can begin to realise their potential as a teacher. 

I also take responsibility for the Assessment Only route to QTS.​​

Academic staff profiles

The PGCE English course equips you with the knowledge and skills needs to successfully teach secondary English, ensuring you are comprehensively prepared to start your teaching career after time both in university and in two school settings. 
We work hard to ensure you feel both supported and challenged through your training year and confident as you move to being a newly qualified teacher.

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Study Routes

​You can choose to study PGCE English via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers.
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

The placement schools that Leeds Trinity are paired with are well selected and you are placed in a school that will be a challenge for you but will also suit your strengths.

Rachel Pawson

PGCE English, 2013 - Acting Second in Department and Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator

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More about placements

97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​
You can choose to study PGCE English via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers.
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

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