12 months
13500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The PGCE in English will develop you into a teacher able to deliver the wide-ranging curriculum covered under English, including Language, Literature and supporting studies in Drama and Media education. The Secondary English programme is offered at Birmingham City University.


The Secondary English programme is offered at Birmingham City University.

What's covered in the course?

Year plans provide streamlined provision across the partnership such that trainee teachers can work in line with the school year, whether in the context of our core provision or through School Direct or SCITT provision.

The Secondary English programme is offered at Birmingham City University.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of the trainees’ School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) that demonstrates their progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards) which all teachers must meet throughout their career.

A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ supports trainees in their growing ability to take responsibility for their own development. 

Subject mentors in school and university based Personal Development Tutors work together to provide trainees with frameworks that the trainee uses to build their skills and understandings in a way that reflects their own passions for their subject and its teaching.

Trainees continue to be supported in their first teaching post once they leave the University through our NQT support programme.

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. 

This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Secondary Professional Studies 
  • Secondary Subject Pedagogy: English 
  • Professional Enquiry 
  • School Experience 
  • Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent at least 50 per cent of which is in English or a English-related subject.
  • You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.
  • If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.
  • It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to enrolment.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Secondary English
Birmingham City University


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