You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for language and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others. On the course, trainee teachers will be expected to teach English topics such as: the study of novels, plays and poetry; study and teach texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as texts from twentieth/twenty-first centuries; learn how to manage group and class discussions; integrate drama and media into English teaching as well as study these topics in their own right. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people and an interest in their language development. Also you will need:
- To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar . They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees.
- To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
- To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach, which will include as a minimum both an interview and audit of your subject knowledge.
Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations, Key Skills Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2.
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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.
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 £38.00 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.
Don't have GCSE English/Maths/Science?
We understand that not everyone is able to achieve GCSE Maths/English/Science for a variety of reasons. Our equivalency assessments provide an opportunity for you to further your English/Maths/Science skills ready for your studies, as well as being able to meet part of the entry requirements for many of our undergraduate and postgraduate Teacher Training courses. Our online equivalency assessments are on-campus for ITT programmes and cost £35. Find out more about our equivalency assessments.