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BA (Hons) Secondary English Education with QTS

Become a specialist in English and gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status on a degree that includes extensive time in school and enhances your subject knowledge from Modernist literature to psycholinguistics.

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      UCAS Code: XQ1J (2 Years) or XQ13 (3 Years)
      Course Length: 2-3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      If you are passionate about teaching English, a universal language at the core of the national curriculum, studying this degree will enable you to train to become an outstanding professional teacher while studying the subject in detail. Enhancing your subject knowledge, from Shakespeare to explorations of grammar and sociolinguistics, you will receive individually-tailored support from subject experts in schools and experienced tutors in University. You will benefit from being trained by excellent practitioners, both on placement in schools and in our high-quality facilities, enabling you to work towards subject competencies and certification and ensuring you have the best possible teacher training experience.

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      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 will 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 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?

      The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 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.

      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.


      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.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. 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 of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      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.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      SEN1002Beginning Language Study (20 credits)

      Beginning Language Study 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN1001Critiquing the Western Canon (20 credits)

      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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC1001Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners (20 credits)

      Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners introduces you to the underlying concepts, principles and values in educational theory, policy and practice. Predominantly focused on the present day, the module will equip you with a deeper understanding of contemporary education. This will ensure that you are comprehensively prepared for practice in educational settings. You will also have the opportunity to consider your own sets of values and predispositions and begin to develop a critical understanding of how seemingly objective values may disguise highly subjective ideological concepts.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      SEC1002Establishing the Conditions for Learning in English (20 credits)

      Establishing the Conditions for Learning in English combines taught sessions on campus with experiential observations in schools. The module introduces you to the practical elements of teaching English and provides an insight into good teaching practice and barriers to pupils’ learning. You will participate in lessons under the direction of a mentor and steadily increase your responsibility for planning and teaching. You will initially teach parts of lessons and build to whole class lessons, teaching jointly with your mentor at first, then individually. The placement will typically equate to 30 hours of teaching across an eight-week period. While being guided in the craft of teaching English language and literature, you will also be introduced to wider school issues such as behaviour management, inclusion, and child wellbeing and psychology. These combined elements will enable you to begin gathering evidence to show that you are starting to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      SEC1000Establishing the Conditions for Studentship (20 credits)

      Establishing the Conditions for Studentship introduces the themes of studentship, educational research, learning environments and professional identity. You will develop an initial understanding of the four areas to construct an identity as an academic learner and student teacher. The module will build personal resilience and promote independence within a community of learners, encouraging you to connect with your own experiences to develop your practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN1000Literary Theory (20 credits)

      Literary Theory 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      SEC2001Building Knowledge of Educational Values (20 credits)

      Building Knowledge of Educational Values develops your critical engagement with the underlying concepts, principles and values of educational theory, policy, and practice. Through a central focus on the past, you will track the genealogy and evolution of values and gain insight into the mutability of these apparently fixed social concepts and principles. The module will engage you with the idea that values are not fixed, that they have not always been as they currently are, and that they will therefore continue to change and evolve in the future.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC2002Building Knowledge of Teaching English (20 credits)

      Building Knowledge of Teaching English develops the practical elements of teaching English on a professional practice placement while critically engaging with the underlying concepts and principles of educational theory and policy. The placement will typically equate to 60 hours of teaching across an eight-week period. You will assume significant teaching responsibility, developing your skills in planning teaching episodes and ensuring that pupils make progress. With comprehensive support and mentoring, you will plan lessons and sessions, or parts of lessons and sessions, for up to 50% of a Newly Qualified Teacher’s typical timetable, covering small group, whole class and solo teaching as appropriate. You will reflect on your own practice and school and educational policies and gather evidence to show that you are progressing towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC2000Building Research Informed Knowledge (20 credits)

      Building Research Informed Knowledge further develops the themes of studentship, educational research, learning environments and professional identity. You will progress your understanding of these four areas while continuing to develop your role as an academic learner, researcher and student teacher. Exploring the significance, implications and impact of educational research on your own practice, the module will explore a range of research perspectives and methodologies in education. You will receive a comprehensive overview of the research process and consider ethical issues related to the practical application of research.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN2002Developing Language Study (20 credits)

      Developing Language Study 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN2001Shakespeare (20 credits)

      Shakespeare 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN2000The Romantic Age (20 credits)

      The Romantic Age 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      SEC3001Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners (20 credits)

      Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners considers a hypothetical future for education. Engaging you with the concepts and principles of educational values, the speculative nature of this module will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, critical skills and self-awareness to develop convincing and complex critiques of where education appears to be heading. You will contrast this with where you think it ought to be heading. The module will enable you to develop as a practitioner with sophisticated and robust opinions about how education ought to be practised and governed, informed by the latest insights into theory, policy and practice. This focus on the future will prepare you to become an agent of change in your future career, equipped with the knowledge, motivation and communication skills to lead movements for positive change.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC3002Exploring Possibilities in Teaching English (20 credits)

      Exploring Possibilities in Teaching English enables you review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge through a final professional practice placement. The placement will typically equate to 120 hours of teaching across a twelve-week period. Demonstrating excellence in the practice of teaching English, you will take a full role in school life, from tutor work and pastoral care to extra-curricular activities, parents’ evenings, school events, professional development activities and other enhancement opportunities which may be offered by your setting. You will also reflect on your own practice, assessing your strengths and weaknesses, responding to feedback and honing your skills and abilities. The module will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN3202Modernism (100 credits)

      Modernism 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC3000Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education (20 credits)

      Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education enables you to conduct a piece of self-initiated research on a relevant topic of your choice. The module draws together the themes of studentship, educational research, learning environments and professional identity from earlier in the programme. You will further enhance your knowledge and understanding of research, developing critical and analytical skills in reviewing both literature and educational research methodologies, while gaining additional expertise in presenting data in a variety of formats. The value of research for teachers and wider school communities will also be explored.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN3201TESOL (20 credits)

      TESOL 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEN3200Text to Film (20 credits)

      Text to 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      • 3 Year Route – typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. An A Level at minimum grade C (or equivalent) in English is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent);
      • 2 Year Route – relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). You are expected to have a commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

      Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

      An interview forms part of the selection process.

      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 examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

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

      If 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 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 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

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      This degree is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      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.

      We offer excellent support to help you gain your first post as a newly qualified teacher and have a proven track record with previous graduates working in schools across the UK.

      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 two-year induction as an early career teacher.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme 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 students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      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.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      Apply online through UCAS at

      Visit to find out more about the application process.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      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

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      Course Changes

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      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Education and Childcare T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      6th November 2020 - Change of Modules

      SEC1000 Establishing the Conditions for Studentship (20 credits), SEC1001 Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners (20 credits), SEC1002 Establishing the Conditions for Learning in English (20 credits), SEN1000 Literary Theory (20 credits), SEN1001 Critiquing the Western Canon (20 credits) and SEN1002 Beginning Language Study (20 credits) replace SUG1000 Professional Practice 1A (20 credits), SUG1001 Personal and Professional Conduct – Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession (20 credits), SUG1003 Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in English (20 credits), SUG1014 Literary Theory: Analysis, Criticism and Evaluation of Literary Arts (20 credits), SUG1015 Culture, Values and Tradition: Critiquing the Western Canon (20 credits), SUG1016 The World Today: Studies in Contemporary Literature in English (20 credits) and SUG1049 Introduction to English Language Studies (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.

      SEC2000 Building Research Informed Knowledge (20 credits), SEC2001 Building Knowledge of Educational Values (20 credits), SEC2002 Building Knowledge of Teaching English (20 credits), SEN2000 The Romantic Age (20 credits), SEN2001 Shakespeare (20 credits) and SEN2002 Developing Language Study (20 credits) replace SUG2000 Professional Practice 1B (20 credits), SUG2001 Personal and Professional Conduct – Legal Requirements for Professional Practice (20 credits), SUG2003 Creative Medium-Term Planning and Teaching in English (20 credits), SUG2010 Educational Research Methods for School Improvement (20 credits), SUG2014 Shakespeare Studies: Plays and Sonnets, Now and Then (20 credits), SUG2015 The Age of Revolution: Romanticism, Its Contexts and Its Legacies (20 credits) and SUG2049 Further Studies in the English Language (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2.

      SEC3000 Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education (20 credits), SEC3001 Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners (20 credits), SEC3002 Exploring Possibilities in Teaching English (20 credits), SEN3200 Text to Film (20 credits), SEN3201 TESOL (20 credits) and SEN3202 Modernism (20 credits) replace SUG3000 Professional Practice 2 (40 credits), SUG3001 Personal and Professional Conduct – Employability (20 credits), SUG3003 Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in English (20 credits), SUG3010 School Improvement Study in English (20 credits), SUG3019 Novels, Plays and Hollywood: Turning Text into Film (20 credits), SUG3020 Modernism: Literary Art in a Time of War (20 credits) and SUG3021 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3.

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      Secondary English Education with QTS Course Statement

      You will spend a significant amount of time in schools and delivering blended learning online.

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