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BA (Hons) Secondary English Education with QTS course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) Secondary English Education with QTS studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some things to do right now. Read on to find out more:

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, you might like to begin your reading before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:

Recommended books to buy:

  • Beginning Theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory, by Peter Barry. 2019. Manchester University Press
  • The Western Canon: the books and schools of ages, by Harold Bloom. 1995. Picador
  • Teaching English: developing as a reflective English Teacher, by Evans, Midgley, Rigby, Warham and Woolnough. 2009. Sage#

Suggested additional reading:

  • Daly, C. and Davison, J. (eds.) (2020) Debates in English teaching. Second edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Useful websites

Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the education world is a great way to prepare for your course. Here are some websites that we think you’ll find useful. And you should also try and find some good websites of your own:

Things to do now:

We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course and enhance your professional profile.

We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.

Task 1. Research
Task 2. Enhance your skills

Meet your course leader: