School of Humanities

English with Secondary Education (QTS)

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching English.

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching English.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code XQ13
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching English. It will give you both the English knowledge at degree level and ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained secondary school. You will undertake both English modules at our Wolverhampton campus and periods of education-based learning at the Walsall Campus.. You will also spend at least 120 days divided between a range of different schools at different times during the three year course. As a trainee you will learn how to teach English to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements.

The English element of the degree covers all the major periods and literary movements such as Shakespeare and Victorian Literature, but also Wolverhampton’s distinctive specialisms such as Making A Scene: Plays in Performance which teaches acting, directing and producing drama.  The course also contains a module in English Language/Linguistics in each year of the 3-year programme, so you will be experienced in both dimensions of the academic discipline.

During the three years, you will share many classes with students enrolled on the BA (Hons) English programme that achieved 100% overall satisfaction rating in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 National Student Surveys.

This course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

What happens on the course?

Students of English and Secondary Education with QTS take 3 modules per semester in the first year, a mix English and Education: approximately 12 hours of contact time, plus private study.

Modules split between lectures, seminars and workshops, plus individual tutorial support and Learning Labs to help deepen your academic skills.

You will also have 6 days in school in the first semester: in the second year you’ll do 50 days in school and in your final year, 70 days, supported by staff in the Education Department who will help you find a placement and offer one-to-one support as you develop your teaching skills. With a longer teaching term than most degree courses, you won’t have to do an extra postgraduate year to get your teaching qualification.

Students will also have the opportunity to go on theatre trip, contribute to Wolverhampton Literature Festival and other events the department organises, and to attend Public Lectures, Career Development Week activities and a range of other cultural events we put on throughout the year.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course is designed specifically for applicants who know they want to teach English: you can go on to teach in secondary schools, in colleges, private schools, prison education and abroad, or as a private tutor.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Wolverhampton University’s English degree covers a wider spectrum than most, from Medieval Literature to Fan Fiction, taking in Women’s Writing, the Gothic and Romanticism along the way, taught by colleagues internationally renowned for the quality of their research and teaching. English will achieve its highest-ever REF ranking in the next assessment, all its staff have teaching qualifications, and they publish regularly.

This new course is the only subject-specific degree in Britain that sees you graduating with a full teaching qualification in just one year.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Aidan Byrne

All English graduates are expert researchers, writers and communicators. You’ll be a critical thinker with a gift for explaining complicated ideas in accessible ways, and your training in Education and classroom experience, you’ll be an expert in inspiring, guiding and helping secondary-level children in all these skills too.

Who will teach you on this course?

The degree is taught by experts in the English and Education departments. Everyone in English has a PhD, a teaching qualification, membership of the Higher Education Academy and regularly publishes high-quality, internationally-recognised research. Amongst the many staff you’ll be taught by are: Dr Daisy Black, a 2018 BBC New Generation Thinker award winner who teaches Making A Scene, Shakespeare and other modules; Dr Ben Colbert, a Reader in Romanticism who teaches Poetry and Virtual Romanticism, Dr Rosie Miles who is a Reader specialising in Pedagogy, Victorian Literature and Women’s Writing, and Dr Aidan Byrne, the Subject Leader for English who teaches Making A Scene, Shakespeare, and Literature and Migration.


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations.


BBC grades from A Levels (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking).


  • BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC (QCF) Diploma D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award) - Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Due to OFSTED compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

Other Requirements:

  • To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach.
  • To have taken and passed the professional skills tests prior to entry.

Pre-Entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You can register for the skills tests before applying for teacher training.  You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre.  If you are offered a place following interview, you will have to pass both the Numeracy and Literacy skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.

We also offer support with the taking and passing of the professional skills tests. To find out more about the kind of support we offer, please follow this link to our webpage.

Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

All applicants must meet the NCTL requirements for Initial Teacher Training.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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