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English Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Develop subject knowledge in English and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16 on this flexible free enhancement course for those with an offer of a place on our PGCE in Secondary English.

Overview

Course length: 8 weeks full-time
Start dates: July 2023
July 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
and Online study
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
A student attends a seminar, with her tablet on the desk in front of her.

If you have applied to study on the PGCE Secondary English with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University and require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you.

The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in English to prepare you to teach the conceptual and applied aspects of the subject effectively, with competence, enthusiasm and confidence, to learners aged 11-16 years. Trainees will be encouraged to prepare for teaching A Level topics where appropriate.

What you'll study

If you have a degree is in a related subject to English, or if your degree contains a small amount of English study alongside other subjects, and you wish to train as an English teacher, then you may be able to enrol on this course.

The course is designed to achieve the following:

  • Address gaps in your subject knowledge.
  • Inspire you to promote learning in English that is challenging and engaging for all students.
  • Identify and build upon your prior learning, and develop your capacity for future self-study.
  • Develop your ability to support learners’ understanding of the rich heritage of English language and literature.
  • Develop the linguistic and grammatical knowledge that English teachers need.
  • Develop the use of appropriate technology in teaching and learning.

How you'll study

The course is divided into individual Units, each requiring 50 hours of learning time, normally within a space of two weeks. This learning will be a blend of face-to-face sessions, online learning and supported self-study, with one evening a week on campus.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

There are no formal examinations. You will build a portfolio from directed activities.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on the PGCE Secondary English with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University.

Completion of this subject knowledge enhancement course may form part of your offer conditions for a place on the PGCE Secondary English with QTS (11-16). Please note, however, that completion of this subject knowledge enhancement course does not necessarily qualify you for a place on the PGCE unless this is made clear at the time the offer is made. This will be discussed with you if you are called for an interview.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Applications for July 2023 entry will open later this year.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Faculty of EducationHoused in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Education

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

Free of charge

for the course

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement course which is funded by the Department for Education.

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

Free of charge

for the course

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement course which is funded by the Department for Education.

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