English is at the heart of education in the 21st century as a core subject in the curriculum. Its content and practice is sharpened further by an increasing awareness of the importance of language in relation to learning and the role of communication in an advanced technological society.
There are three elements to secondary training at this university: subject studies, general professional studies and school-based training. It differs from courses offered by other universities in that it is very much subject-based.
How you'll learn
The university-based training initially consists of weekly lectures on themes that are then developed in seminar groups. You will work both in subject-specific groups and in mixed-subject groups.
The training is organized so that it feels like a school. They teach students mainly in small groups of 30 rather than in large lecture halls of 150 or 300 because it is important that you have plenty of time in your subject groups.
Your subject tutor will be like your form tutor at school. We believe that we should model good practice to you so that you can learn by example.
You will undertake two long placements in contrasting schools, totalling 24 weeks. We work in partnership with over 100 schools and colleges to provide a high-quality programme of support.
You will be on placement from week three, so right from the beginning of your training, you will have a strong link between theory and practice.
While an experienced teacher will be in the classroom with you, it is you who will be planning the lessons and teaching the lessons. You will start by observing the teacher, then helping. By the end of the Secondary PGCE course, you will be teaching 60 per cent of a normal teacher's timetable.
You will have the opportunity to visit additional schools and settings. For instance, if your first placement is in a mixed comprehensive school in Barking & Dagenham, then you might go to a single-sex faith school in Havering for your second one.
Your future career
The Secondary English PGCE course at the University of East London was designed in 2001 in conjunction with the local authorities to address the secondary education teacher shortage in east London.
The partnership works with input and support from the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge.
It means that our graduates are represented in virtually every secondary school in east London. Some are now deputy heads or in senior management roles in schools that are taking our current trainees for their placements.
Across all subjects, from maths to modern languages, our teacher training graduates are acting as mentors to those following in their footsteps.
The partnership means that you have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post in east London at the end of your training.
Both local authorities and individual schools visit our campus regularly to meet our trainees and advertise available vacancies.
You may also decide to undertake further study at the University of East London, either at the end of your course or after gaining teaching experience, perhaps specialising in Special Educational Needs or taking our MA Leadership in Education.
We also offer the opportunity for doctoral study to further develop your teaching knowledge and expertise.
- School-Based Learning: Reflections on Practice (Mental Wealth)
- Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting upon Learner Progress
- Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesEducation Language Studies Teaching View 550 other Masters in Language Studies in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Minimum 2.2 Honours degree or above in the subject area applicant plans to teach.
- All applicants MUST have GCSE English and Maths grade A*/9 to C/4.
- Applicants who hold a degree or qualifications from a non-UK institution, must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
- The entire interview process lasts about three hours. During the interview you will be asked to talk about a current educational issue. Please ensure you have done some research into current educational issues in advance of the interview. You could, for example, read recent editions of the Times Educational Supplement.
International13320 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13320 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for London
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.