Secondary English PGCE

Key information

Duration:
10 months full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Learning to teach is a complex, demanding process: our aim is to enable you to become a stimulating, enthusiastic teacher, able to reflect critically on your practice and to continue to develop professionally throughout your career.

This course prepares you to successfully start your career as a new teacher – you’ll benefit from our excellent record in employment. You’ll learn to teach in schools in East or West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Surrey, Hampshire or Kent.

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide the course as set out here. For the school-experience component of the PGCE, we’ll aim to find you a placement within 50 miles of the University or your home. If we can’t secure enough placements, we may have to withdraw an offer of a place on the course.

Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be trained to teach English Language and Literature at Key Stage 3 and 4 (age 11-16) and also have the opportunity to experience extracurricular activities such as school trips and parents' evenings.

  • On graduation, you'll be able to have an impact on the delivery of your subject at school level but you'll also have a perspective on wider debates around English teaching.
  • We’re proud of our employment record: all of our English trainees in the last few years have been successful in securing English teaching posts by the start of the new academic year.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 3.5/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body. You must have passed GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Disclosure and Barring Service checkYes
How to apply

You must apply through UCAS Teacher Training.

You must provide a written reference on your application form. If you finished your studies in the last five years, your principal referee should be a tutor or lecturer who can comment on your academic achievements and your personal qualities.

If you finished your studies more than five years ago, your principal referee should be a responsible person, such as an employer.

No candidate will be offered a place without being interviewed. We are unable to reimburse travel and other expenses incurred when attending an interview.

InterviewsYes
Mental and physical fitness to teach assessmentYes
Personal statementYes
Professional skills test in numeracy and literacy

You must pass the UK Department for Education professional skills test in numeracy and literacy. Tests can only be taken at test centres in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. Find out more about professional skills tests

You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the Occupational Health Department at the University. There is a fee for this service. 

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors, and is supported by University tutors throughout the year.

All teachers are prepared to meet a set of national professional standards, recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare critical reflections of achievement, charting progress over the academic year. It includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development, and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

The main elements of the PGCE course are:

  • Professional Knowledge for Schools
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Professional Practice.

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Our experts

Mr Duncan Mackrill

Mr Duncan Mackrill

Senior Lecturer in Education

Research interests

Education, Initial Teacher Education, Music Education, Music Technology, Spirituality and Music, Tablets in education, Technology Enhanced Learning

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Mr James Williams

Mr James Williams

Lecturer in Education

Research interests

Creationism and Evolution in Education, History and Philosophy of Science, Initial Teacher Education, Science Education, Teaching 'the nature of science' & 'the scientific method', Teaching and Learning

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Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 678447 
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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,500 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

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How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

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Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

On graduation, you’ll have the skills and expertise to successfully start as a new teacher. We offer a support package to newly qualified teachers during their first year of teaching.

In addition, successful candidates can transfer up to 90 Masters-level credits on to the MA in Education.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Education were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates are employed as primary, secondary, and FE/HE teachers all over the world. Recent students have gone on to roles such as:

  • English teacher, BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy)
  • English teacher, Stratford Academy
  • English teacher, Mayfield School.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Applying Professional Knowledge

  • 30 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module develops your understanding of your subject curriculum, lesson planning and critical reflection on your own practice. During this time you will design and teach your own unit of work (UoW) and then critically evaluate its planning and impact in your placement school.

Teaching on this module is delivered though Curriculum Studies at university and in school-based application in your teaching. However, your wider professional knowledge and understanding is inextricably linked and elements of the Professional Studies lecture programme, incorporated in the Professional Knowledge for Schools module are both relevant and essential. Consequently, theory, knowledge and understanding are integrated with practice, with that which is learned at university being applied in the classroom, having been carefully planned, executed and then fully evaluated.

These themes are then followed up and developed in Curriculum Studies by tutors who provide the subject specific contexts. The mode of delivery in Curriculum Studies is through workshops, lecture style inputs from tutors and other subject experts, and seminars. You will be introduced to current curriculum developments, initiatives and professional issues in your subject discipline. Study Direct forums provide opportunities for you to explore issues and ideas with tutors and in peer learning situations. Tutorials also allow you to present your ideas for your assignment and receive feedback.

An understanding of the curriculum and the frameworks in which subject knowledge is organised and delivered (National Curriculum, GCSE & A level specifications, etc) will be key requirements, along with the associated modes of assessment for learning. This module directly links to Curriculum Studies 1: Understanding Professional Knowledge where you will have prepared a literature review which is intended to inform your pedagogy and design of your own unit of work. Curriculum Studies 2 will be integrated into both university and school-based learning. The assignment of 5000 words is based around a unit of work. Its purpose is to develop strategies for effective short and medium term planning and to strengthen the process of evaluation and reflection. As such this assignment offers you the opportunity to make progress towards a number of Standards for QTS.

For the assignment, you will consult with your curriculum tutor and appropriate school based tutor to identify an appropriate topic in your specialist curriculum area (KS two, KS three, KS four or Post 16) to plan and develop into a unit of work responding to the specific needs of pupils in your placement school. The unit of work itself should be designed so that it could be taught over a period of approximately six hours pupil contact time as a norm. The unit of work should be taught in part or in full during the spring term and issues arising from its teaching fully evaluated.

Professional Practice 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this course, you will be given the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism in a school and classroom context. This is a current statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training (TDA, 2007). You will be working towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status in your professional practice.

The course will include the following: an induction week programme, providing an introduction to school policies and procedures; opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in your specialist subject/phase; one hour of dedicated mentor time per week, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy; regular professional studies seminars organised by the school's professional tutor; phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across KS two, three, four and Post 16 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties); one formal observation once a week by the mentor or designated other teacher in the department, with written and oral feedback; where required, one observation by the school's professional tutor, with written and oral feedback; one or two observations by the university curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback; access to school resources, including ICT; opportunities to take part in wider school life, eg trips, clubs, tutor groups, parents' evenings; time to reflect critically on this experience, plan lessons and prepare resources.

Reflecting on Professional Knowledge

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this year long module you will focus on developing and auditing your professional knowledge and reflecting critically upon how this has emerged from academic study, your own classroom experiences and investigations, and your work with other professional practitioners.

Central to this process will be your ability to organise and verbally articulate the evidence you need to demonstrate QTS, understand how scholarship and research has informed your development and identify ongoing targets for professional development.

A key target of yours will be reflection upon your own understanding in your curriculum area.

This will require regular audits of subject knowledge and the identification of strengths and needs. Gaps in subject knowledge will become a focus for personal research, and the presentation of new curriculum knowledge will be a key requirement as will an understanding of the frameworks in which that knowledge is organised and delivered as part of the school curriculum (National Curriculum, GCSE & A-Level specifications, etc.) and the associated modes of assessment for learning.

You will also be introduced to current developments, initiatives and professional issues in education, and critically reflect upon the intersection between theoretical positions, your own classroom practice and observations, and the guidance offered by experienced professionals.

Such professional studies are likely to include the following (amongst others):

  • classroom and behaviour management
  • new technologies in education
  • child protection
  • diversity in education
  • assessment for learning
  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • child development
  • citizenship in the curriculum
  • how children learn:  personal, social and health education
  • role of parents and carers
  • equal opportunities
  • prevention strategy
  • cross-curricular issues
  • literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • English as an Additional Language

Professional knowledge will be developed within the context of current research, reviews, primary sources, and other source materials and teaching in specialist subjects, as well as recent inspection findings and government reports.

Assessment is through the presentation of a portfolio to two assessors in the form of a professional dialogue viva.

Professional Practice 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you will be given the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism in a school and classroom context. This is a current statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training (TDA, 2007). You will be working towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status in your professional practice.

The module will include the following: an induction week programme, providing an introduction to school policies and procedures; opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in the your specialist subject/phase; one hour of dedicated mentor time per week, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy; regular professional studies seminars organised by the school's professional tutor; phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across KS two, three, four and Post 16 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties); one formal observation once a week by the mentor or designated other teacher in the department, with written and oral feedback; where required, one observation by the school's professional tutor, with written and oral feedback; one or two observations by the university curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback; access to school resources, including ICT; opportunities to take part in wider school life, eg trips, clubs, tutor groups and parents' evenings.

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