BA (Hons) Secondary English Education with QTS

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Overview

UCAS Code:XQ1J (2 Years) or XQ13 (3 Years)
Course Length:2-3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for organisation & management in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Become a specialist in English and gain Qualified Teacher Status;
  • Benefit from a programme comprising significant time in school, training alongside expert teachers, fully supported by the University.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

This programme provides an exciting opportunity to study English at degree level while training to become an outstanding professional teacher. If you are passionate about English, it will enable you to study the subject in detail and begin the journey towards becoming a secondary school English teacher. You will benefit from being trained by excellent practitioners both in schools and in our high quality facilities. You will receive individually tailored support from subject experts in schools and experienced tutors in University, allowing you to work towards subject competencies and certification.

Student Profiles

  • Fazila Saleh

    BA (Hons) Secondary English Education with QTS
    All of the tutors are extremely approachable and prepared to go the extra mile to help us achieve our goals.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will develop your subject knowledge and study a range of teaching skills, such as classroom management, while developing your interest and academic ability in English. You will discover how to apply what you have learnt about English in the classroom while developing an understanding of the trainee teacher’s role by exploring different perspectives and your own experiences of the relationship between education, the curriculum, teaching and learning and the development of children and young adolescents.

How will I study?

Learning takes place in both the University and in partnership schools.

You’ll spend a significant amount of time on placement in schools being trained by expert mentors where you put your training into practice. During this time you will assist in supporting classes, working alongside mentors and other colleagues to further your professional development. You will gradually develop your teaching abilities from observer to teacher. Your tutors will model outstanding practice to enable you to develop your own teaching skill and style.

Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and as you become more confident in the classroom. You will work with pupils from various areas, backgrounds and abilities. This will provide experience in areas such as classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a number of ways including work based on your classroom experience where you will demonstrate how to plan effectively, undertake assessment and to develop your subject knowledge. You will also carry out assessments and assignments such as verbal presentations, posters, essays and practical notebooks. As you progress from observer to teacher in school, you will be assessed through lesson observation reports. Your professional development will be mapped against the Teachers’ Standards (2012) for the award of QTS.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a range of highly qualified and experienced tutors who are committed to supporting you throughout the programme and providing you with the opportunities to succeed. Tutors are enthusiastic about their subjects and will help you to develop your own teaching skill and style.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Modules

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Year 1

SUG1000 Professional Practice 1A (20 credits)

Professional Practice 1A provides an initial professional practice experience in a secondary school with an additional short placement in a primary setting. Initial professional practice is based upon observation and practical experience. You will have frequent opportunities to observe experienced teachers in the classroom, in addition to shadowing pupils and staff. The school’s safeguarding processes will also be explained. The placement will enable you to carry out a variety of school-based tasks, participate in lessons under your mentor’s supervision, and gradually increase your responsibility for both planning and teaching.

SUG1001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession equips you with the required academic study skills for Higher Education and the necessary professional vocational skills for your teaching experience. The module will also raise your wider professional awareness of the importance of secondary teaching. The aim is to encourage you to make purposeful links between theoretical understanding, the implementation of national policies and initiatives, and your practice-based experiences. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG1003 Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in English (20 credits)

Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in English introduces English subject-specific professional responsibilities for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, covering lesson preparation, delivery, evaluation and pupil assessment. The module enables you to develop the required professional vocational skills and knowledge for your teaching experience, working towards effective classroom delivery for all pupils. This will include an introduction to how to plan and deliver effective and well-structured lessons which promote a love of learning and encourage children’s intellectual curiosity. You will discover how to plan for the effective use of homework and other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend pupil knowledge.

SUG1014 Literary Theory: Analysis, Criticism and Evaluation of Literary Art (20 credits)

Literary Theory: Analysis, Criticism and Evaluation of Literary Art familiarises you with a key aspect of English studies. The module examines a range of different theoretical approaches to literature, including Marxist, feminist (and gender), postcolonial, structuralist, post-structuralist, new historicist, cultural materialist, psychoanalytic, and narratological. You will engage in researching the key thinkers associated with each strand of theory, as well as reading extracts of key texts written by these leading names.

SUG1015 Culture, Values and Tradition: Critiquing the Western Canon (20 credits)

Culture, Values and Tradition: Critiquing the Western Canon introduces you to some of the most famous poems, plays and novels in Western culture. You will engage with a large number of texts that have been widely and consistently regarded as outstanding cultural achievements. The texts will date from the beginnings of Western civilisation right up to the middle of the 20th century. A selection that were originally written in English between the 16th and 20th centuries will be studied in greater detail. Crucially, on this module, you will parallel your studies of the classic authors and texts with readings about the complexities and debates surrounding the very notions of Western civilisation, culture and the Canon.

SUG1016 The World Today: Studies in Contemporary Literature in English (20 credits)

The World Today: Studies in Contemporary Literature in English immerses you in the work of authors of poetry, plays, and novels, published between the mid-20th century and today. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the stylistic and thematic evolution of literary art over the course of the past 50 years and begin to develop robust hypotheses concerning the relationship between an author’s literary art and the political, economic, social and cultural contexts in which the author lives and writes.

SUG1049 Introduction to English Language Studies (20 credits)

Introduction to English Language Studies is centred on the study of the English language and its many varieties and styles. The module will provide you with a solid foundation in the basics of grammar, introducing you to the different ways in which English language is studied at university level. You will also engage in the study of how language is manipulated for effect by writers and speakers across many different genres.

Year 2

SUG2000 Professional Practice 1B (20 credits)

Professional Practice 1B allows you to prepare for, and subsequently complete, a placement in which you will undertake up to 50% of a full teaching timetable, comprising observation, small group or whole class teaching with your mentor or another trainee, and solo teaching as appropriate. You will have responsibility for planning lessons or parts of lessons, maintaining sound discipline, ensuring appropriate teaching methods are used, assessing learners’ progress, and making written evaluations of your own teaching. You will also be expected to take a full role in the wider life of the school, participating in tutor work, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities, professional development opportunities, parents’ evenings and school events.

SUG2001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Legal Requirements for Professional Practice (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Legal Requirements for Professional Practice helps you to understand the required professional conduct, duties and responsibilities of a secondary teacher. The aim is to encourage you to make purposeful links between theoretical understanding, the implementation of national policies and initiatives, and your practice-based experiences. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG2003 Creative Medium Term Planning and Teaching in English (20 credits)

Creative Medium Term Planning and Teaching in English enables you to consider effective teaching in English through the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of English in the curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on evaluation and review, which lies at the heart of ongoing professional development.

SUG2010 Educational Research Methods for School Improvement (20 credits)

Educational Research Methods for School Improvement provides you with an introduction to qualitative and quantitative educational research methods for personal and school improvement. The reading and assessment of publications, combined with reflection on methodological issues, forms a key element of the module. You will formulate a research plan which provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue higher degree study or further research work in the future. The module will demonstrate the need to keep up to date with both research and development in knowledge and pedagogy in your chosen subject area and encourage you to critically evaluate your own learning.

SUG2014 Shakespeare Studies: Plays and Sonnets, Now and Then (20 credits)

Shakespeare Studies: Plays and Sonnets, Now and Then focuses on a selection of Shakespeare’s works in order to explore the historical and cultural conditions underlying this highly significant epoch in British cultural development. The module will engage you in the study of selected plays and sonnets, concentrating on pertinent aspects of each, for example on the history play as a manifestation of national and cultural identity, as well as analysing the relationship between politics and theatrical representation in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

SUG2015 The Age of Revolution: Romanticism, Its Contexts and Its Legacies (20 credits)

The Age of Revolution: Romanticism, Its Contexts and Its Legacies is one of the key artistic movements in the history of literary art, with the key authors and works associated with this period being amongst the most widely-known of all. The illustrious names include Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley and Keats. This module will engage you in the in-depth study of the historical background from which this artistic movement emerged and enable you to investigate why it is that the Romantics sought to break from the Enlightenment authors who preceded them, as well as hypothesising as to why Romantic literature eventually evolved into that which is characterised as distinctly Victorian in style and content.

SUG2049 Further Studies in the English Language (20 credits)

Further Studies in the English Language engages you in the exploration of both the seminal texts and theorists in the field of English language, as well as introducing you to the most up-to-date advances and areas of study and research in the discipline. You will develop language skills in key areas such as the history of the language, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Year 3

SUG3000 Professional Practice 2 (40 credits)

Professional Practice 2 consists of a synoptic placement during which you will be required to undertake up to 70-75% of a teaching timetable, comprising observation, small group or whole class teaching with your mentor or another trainee, and solo teaching as appropriate. You will have responsibility for planning lessons or parts of lessons, considering the role of a scheme of work and developing it for a specific group of learners, maintaining sound discipline, ensuring appropriate teaching methods are used, assessing learners’ progress, and making written evaluations of your own teaching. You will also be expected to take a full role in the wider life of the school, participating in tutor work, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities, professional development opportunities, parents’ evenings and school events.

SUG3001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Employability (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Employability equips you with the advanced academic study skills required for Higher Education and the necessary professional vocational skills for your professional practice. In addition, the module enables you to further your working knowledge of the standards for teachers’ conduct, enhance your employability, prepare for job applications and interviews, and understand what to expect from your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG3003 Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in English (20 credits)

Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in English develops your understanding of assessment theory in relation to both formative and summative assessment practice in school. You will need to grade work against school-based and national benchmarks relevant to English studies, as well as developing strategies for giving meaningful feedback and targets to pupils in order to secure progression. The module also outlines the cycle of evaluation and review, examining its impact on future planning.

SUG3010 School Improvement Study in English (20 credits)

School Improvement Study in English enhances your skills in qualitative and quantitative educational research methods for personal and school improvement. The reading and assessment of publications, together with reflection on the design, implementation and critical evaluation of methodological issues, form key elements of the module. You will implement and evaluate a research plan during a professional placement and gain a strong foundation for potentially pursuing higher degree study or further research work in the future.

SUG3019 Novels, Plays and Hollywood: Turning Text into Film (20 credits)

Novels, Plays and Hollywood: Turning Text into Film engages you in a critical analysis of the ways in which literary texts have been turned into films. You will be introduced to, and then guided in, an independent exploration of a broad range of literary and film theories. You will then study a select number of examples of filmic literary adaptations in some depth, practicing applying theory to text in order to develop more critical and reflective analyses of these cultural products.

SUG3020 Modernism: Literary Art in a Time of War (20 credits)

Modernism: Literary Art in a Time of War engages you in the in-depth study of one of the key periods in the history of literary art. The Modernist period in literature can loosely be defined as running from the very early years of the 20th century up to either the end of the Second World War or even to the last years of the 1950s. You will study a select group of primary texts from this period and then engage in analysing them against the backdrop of your studies in general literary theory and, in particular, academic publications from the Modernist literary movement. Ultimately, the aim of this module is to foster an awareness and understanding of what it is the Modernists were reacting against and how their artistic project fundamentally shaped the art that followed in the second half of the 20th century.

SUG3021 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (20 credits)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages examines the history of language teaching and learning, individual learner differences, grammatical terminology, materials development, and planning English for Speakers of Other Languages lessons. The module is delivered by a combination of tutor-led presentations and trainee-centred, practical seminars.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 3 Years – 280 UCAS Tariff points for 2016/17 entry or 112 UCAS Tariff points for 2017/18 entry. An A Level at minimum grade B (or equivalent) in English or a related subject is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2 Years – relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Evidence of secondary school experience is recommended.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

An interview will form part of the selection process.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will qualify as an inspirational, enthusiastic and committed secondary teacher who is able to bring excellent subject knowledge to a first teaching post. You will also have practical experience in school and other settings, have built your confidence, and obtained a set of skills that will allow you to excel as a teacher.

Our graduates work in schools across the UK. We offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher and have a proven track record for trainees securing teaching posts.

Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas 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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

17th December 2015 - Change of Modules

SUG1049 Introduction to English Language Studies (20 credits) replaces SUG1013 Grammar and Style in the English Language (20 credits) in Year 1 and SUG2049 Further Studies in the English Language (20 credits) replaces SUG2016 The History and Development of the English Language (20 credits) in Year 2.