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PGCE Secondary English

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Bognor Regis campus

1 Year Full Time

Top 10
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Top 25
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5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • Typically, candidates will have an?honours?degree with a classification of 2.2 or above.
  • At least fifty per cent of the degree content will have been in English.
  • All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in?GCSE?English and Mathematics.??
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • GCSE?Equivalency:?We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full?GCSE?course?however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to?enrol?for the full?GCSE?course, please contact?Admissions?to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

We are offering a £1000 bursary?for alumni students continuing their studies with a?PGCE.?

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester?alumni applying for a?PGCE?degree, there will be a £1000 bursary available.

Student view

PGCE Secondary English student Lisa
PGCE Secondary English

I chose to complete a PGCE so I could change career, a daunting prospect but one made a lot easier by the welcoming atmosphere of the University. The course?introduced me to the idea of teaching and what it might entail before joining our first placement. It did feel overwhelming at first to have so much information but once in school, it all started to make sense. I welcomed the days back in university mid-way through the term so we could compare notes and support our fellow course mates!

PGCE Secondary English student Stefanie

I would whole-heartedly recommend the University of Chichester for teaching training.?For anyone unsure about the right move for them, visit an open day and see Chichester for yourself – the atmosphere will entice you and you will stay for the supportive and welcoming community and the quality education.

PGCE Secondary English class
L Offord
PGCE Secondary English

I started the course with little experience and did worry that I would not keep up. The tutor?anticipated areas of difficulty for me and always offered?genuine support and encouragement which?enabled me to become an independent and autonomous teacher. I have seen my own progress and development over time.?Thank you!

Course content


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Course overview

The?PGCE in Secondary English will allow you to become a qualified teacher in just one year. If you have a passion for the English language and literature and wish to teach at secondary school or college level (ages 11 to 19), then this route is an ideal option.

Course structure

During?the course, you’ll split your time between placements in schools and university-based training including Subject Study and Professional Studies modules:

  • Subject?Study?– you’ll develop your knowledge of the secondary school curriculum. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to deliver creative?lesson plans to?achieve the best progress for the children you teach.
  • Professional Studies?– explore modules that will develop skills as an effective teacher including behaviour management, child protection, applying for teaching positions and more.
  • School placements?– we know the best place to build your confidence and expertise as a teacher is in the classroom. That’s why the majority of your time will be spent in schools. You’ll complete two main teaching placements in contrasting schools as well as completing short placements in other educational contexts.?Scroll down to?'School placements'?to find?out?more.?

Why study this course?

  • Qualify as a teacher in one year - this course includes Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to teach in any state-funded school in the UK and beyond
  • The course will allow you to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 as well as A level (ages 11 to 19)
  • You’ll gain teaching experience in two contrasting school?placements
  • You’ll be taught at Masters level – this means you can carry 60 Masters level credits forward to a full Masters level degree
  • Learn from experienced and passionate lecturers
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary?for Chichester alumni students continuing their studies with a?PGCE.

Course start date

This course starts in?September.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the?Bognor?Regis campus.? It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors?
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access?PC and Mac?stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you?further your research
  • Online library resources you can access?from anywhere?at any time
  • Costa?Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the?Support and Information Zone?(SIZ)?to help with any?enquiries?while at university
  • At?SIZ, there's an equipment loans?centre?offerings?laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching Resources

Education and teaching resources

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the?Learning Resource Centre to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Where this can take you

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.? At the end of the year, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.? Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.?

Further study

After you graduate from your PGCE, you can choose to progress to a Masters degree:

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


The?programme’s?delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and Subject Study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.


The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000-word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters) and two blocks of School Experience.

Meet the lecturers

Our?programmes?are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their?profiles?to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS and School Experience Costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required?to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which?needs to be?paid for?before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course, you will spend 24?weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised?in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute?will not?usually?exceed?1 hour?from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).?

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use?whilst on school experience as?schools are not required to provide these.?

Finance information and?support

Visit our Finance page?for?details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

School placements

Our Schools Partnership?network

We work with hundreds of partnership schools and?organisations?covering a wide area including West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and the Surrey border. These partners are based in rural and urban settings and cover a varied range of school types.?

How the placements work

Around 70%?of the course is spent in school, with your time divided mainly between two contrasting placements. You'll also complete a?week's training in a primary school (Key?Stage 2). Gaining experience in a mix of settings will help you to develop the skills required to confidently start a career in teaching.?

Placements are found for you

Great care is taken to place you in schools that will support you?and prepare you thoroughly for a career in teaching.?

Support?during your placements

School?experience is invaluable?to trainee teachers. That's why we take steps to ensure you are well?supported. We provide mentor training in our partnerships schools so you can learn from and build relationships with?serving teachers. You'll also have the full support of the teaching staff at the University while you're out on placement.

Learn more about this course

For further?information about this course, please contact Debbie Hickman,?PGCE?English?Coordinator?at?

How to apply

Applying to?this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through Apply for teacher training.?For more advice on how to apply, visit the Get into Teaching?website.

Personal statements tips

Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement?tips from the Get into Teaching?website.