University of Southampton

Graduate Studies

English PGCE


Southampton Management School

University of Southampton

Southampton, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degree Offered:

PGCE -English

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University has very close ties with its partner schools, covering a large geographical area, stretching from Portsmouth to Poole and Newbury to the Isle of Wight. Through two small scale research projects you can gain 60 Masters Level credits. Aims: The course aims to develop your subject knowledge in English through a range of approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations, simulations and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research and through reading and writing activities. We will help you become the best teacher that you can be. This involves developing appropriate professional values, being secure in your knowledge and understanding of English and understanding how best to turn your subject matter into engaging and challenging lessons for pupils from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. As the future generation of teachers, it is important that you are able to evaluate your own practice, seek ways to improve the experience of pupils in your charge, and contribute to the future development and debate surrounding both English and education in general. Structure & Assessment: The course is structured around 6 phases. Phases 1-3 occur before Christmas. • Phase 1: two weeks of observation. • Phase 2: 7 weeks split between university and school • Phase 3: a five week teaching placement in school 1. Phases 4-6 occur after Christmas • Phase 4: 6 weeks split between university and school 2. • Phase 5: a 13 week teaching placement in school 2. • Phase 6: a 3 week experience, mainly university based During your school placements there will be monitoring of your progress and weekly target setting exercises to work on areas for development. There will be three formal review points of your teaching in the year. To obtain QTS, you must successfully complete the computer delivered TDA QTS skills tests in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. You will be set formative assignments that will deepen your understanding of key


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your first language, the University of Southampton English Language requirements for study apply i.e.TOEFL 600 / computer based 250 or better for IELTS 6.5 or better