PGDE subjects

The PGDE course prepares student teachers to teach across the 11-19 age range in the following subjects: English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Languages and the Sciences (including Physics with Maths).

PGDE students


The English course is a research-led, reflective and exciting course presenting a balanced approach to language and literacy development. 

We aim to encourage critical reflection which will enable teachers to develop their own rationale for English in school. Fiction, drama, poetry, media and cultural studies, as well as elements of language study, are all given an important place on the course. There is an emphasis on academic reading and critical enquiry, as well as upon practical experience in the classroom; student teachers frequently share the benefits of their experiences and research with their peers in both formal and informal situations.

Course overview

University-based sessions are practical and workshop based, allowing opportunities to try out teaching ideas. Student teachers will be asked to study children´s fiction, poetry and Shakespeare in order to discuss ways of presenting them in class and to read children´s writing in order to decide how to respond to it positively. There will be additional workshops on A level teaching, drama and media education.

A close relationship is maintained with the English Departments of the University Partnership schools and there is close consultation between the PGDE tutor and the English mentor in the schools concerned on existing and changing patterns of English teaching.

What are we looking for?

As this is an 11-19 course you will train to teach up to A-level and we will normally take into account the balance of your degree content and your profile of GCSE and A-level (or equivalent) subjects and results to assess your suitability for the programme.

You will need a degree that is predominantly English based, either in Language or Literature. If you have other related degree qualifications (such as in Law or in Journalism), we would like evidence of a strong engagement with literature and/or language-related work and that that you have read widely across a range of literature types, including Shakespeare.


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 15 March 2021

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