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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (English) PGCE

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The PGCE English at King's gives trainees practical and theoretical ideas on the teaching of English as well as modelling ways in which English can be taught in the classroom. Trainees benefit from the college's unique location on the South Bank and are encouraged to visit the nearby Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and the Saison Poetry Library. The course is led by an experienced team of English educators with a reputation for excellence in their training methods.

Key benefits

  • PGCE courses at King's are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. One reason is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014).
  • Excellent links to cultural institutions such as the Globe and the National Theatre that expand learning beyond the confines of the classroom
  • A working partnership with a broad range of up to 150 schools in London and beyond, providing unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students.
  • At the conclusion of their PGCE course in July 2021 74% of our trainees had been employed as NQTs at schools in the UK and abroad.
  • Two assessed pieces of coursework give you 60 Master's-level credits – a third of an MA – which puts you well on the way to a Master's degree in your chosen profession.

The PGCE English consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and Greater London. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification. You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy. You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School Direct Route: The School Direct teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a lead school. Students apply to the lead school for admission to the course. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the lead school.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You can typically expect:

  • the equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year)

  • approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in a primary school (typically four days at the start of the year)

  • a number of one-to-one tutorials totalling five to seven sessions across the year

  • two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress

  • regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement

  • written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

*This 120-day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.

**Typically, each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement. The breakdown below gives you an idea of the likely workload you can expect:

Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module)

This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons. The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Seminars/tutorials

Teaching

Self-study/assignment work

14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback).

200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups).

216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.

 

School Data (15-credit module)

Lectures/seminars

Self-study/assignment work

10 contact hours.

140 hours.

 

Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars

Self-study/assignment work

25.5 contact hours.

274.5 hours of self-study.

 

Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars

Self-study/assignment work

200 contact hours.

100 hours.

 

Assessment

  • Written assignment
  • Written portfolio

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)
School Data (15 credits)
Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules offered as a part of this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,250 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £21,000 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

You will not be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the PGCE programme.

Bursaries and Scholarships

The Department for Education provides tax free bursaries for teacher training courses.

For information on rates and eligibility please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-your-training. King’s will automatically assess your eligibility for a bursary when a place on a PGCE course is offered. King’s will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies.
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions.
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks.
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • Travel costs in getting to and from placement schools.
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The PGCE English consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and Greater London. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification. You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy. You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School Direct Route: The School Direct teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a lead school. Students apply to the lead school for admission to the course. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the lead school.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You can typically expect:

  • the equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year)

  • approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in a primary school (typically four days at the start of the year)

  • a number of one-to-one tutorials totalling five to seven sessions across the year

  • two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress

  • regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement

  • written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

*This 120-day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.

**Typically, each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement. The breakdown below gives you an idea of the likely workload you can expect:

Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module)

This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons. The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Seminars/tutorials

Teaching

Self-study/assignment work

14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback).

200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups).

216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.

 

School Data (15-credit module)

Lectures/seminars

Self-study/assignment work

10 contact hours.

140 hours.

 

Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars

Self-study/assignment work

25.5 contact hours.

274.5 hours of self-study.

 

Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars

Self-study/assignment work

200 contact hours.

100 hours.

 

Assessment

  • Written assignment
  • Written portfolio

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)
School Data (15 credits)
Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules offered as a part of this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,250 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £21,000 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

You will not be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the PGCE programme.

Bursaries and Scholarships

The Department for Education provides tax free bursaries for teacher training courses.

For information on rates and eligibility please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-your-training. King’s will automatically assess your eligibility for a bursary when a place on a PGCE course is offered. King’s will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies.
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions.
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks.
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • Travel costs in getting to and from placement schools.
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Application closing date guidance

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King’s.

Our first application deadline is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time).

After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

  • Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)
  • Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

 

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