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Subject Knowledge Enhancement English

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.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 8 Weeks Full-Time
      Start Dates: July 2022, July 2023, July 2024
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University

      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.

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      In Depth

      What will I 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 will I 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.

      How will I be assessed?

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


      Housed 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.

      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.


      Tuition Fees

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

      If you need to complete a subject knowledge enhancement programme during academic year 2021/22, you may be eligible to receive a bursary of £175 per week. To be eligible for this bursary, you must have accepted a conditional offer of a place on a PGCE, with completion of a subject knowledge enhancement course as one of the offer conditions. Please note, additional Department for Education eligibility criteria will also apply.

      For further information about bursary eligibility, you can contact a Get Into Teaching adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use the online chat service at getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/contact.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Applications for the July 2022 intake will open soon.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

      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.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme, please call 01695 584877 or email [email protected].

      Course Changes

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