School of Social Sciences and Humanities

BA (Hons) English with Secondary Education (QTS)

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BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
UCAS Code
XQ13
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
Walsall Campus
School
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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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 topics relevant to the National Curriculum such as Shakespeare and poetry, and you will also have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of literature from medieval to postcolonial.  The course also contains modules in English Language/Linguistics in each year of the 3-year programme, so you will be experienced in both dimensions of the academic discipline.

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 participate in our Literatures@Wolves Culture Programme, including visits to sites of regional, national and international interest, with regular events on campus, theatre performances, visits to museums, galleries and events

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!

 

  • Demonstrate clearly the range of skills required to comprehend, analyse and interpret literary and non-literary texts
  • Demonstrate superior language skills through written and oral expression, including a complete command of standard written English
  • Attain an advanced knowledge of literary and linguistic history and contextual approaches to the production and reception of texts
  • Develop critical and ethical self-awareness, and intellectual and political curiosity, about literature and language in a multicultural and international context
  • Display the technical pedagogical and English competence to meet the standards required to be recommended for QTS and to teach English in secondary schools
  • Act independently, exercise initiative and act as a positive role model in a range of complex teaching and learning situations

 

 

 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

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

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 admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations, Key Skills Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2.

PLUS EITHER

Typical entry requirements: 104 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades BBD including English at grade C (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades D*D*
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • 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

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Important Requirements

As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

We will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education.

You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach. Further information regarding the interview process can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.

 

Interview and Selection

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. 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.

Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:

Due to the professional nature of some of our courses you may also be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this and you receive an offer from us

There will be no cost for the DBS this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.

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

 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


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.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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