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New English degree provides direct path to teaching

20/08/2019
New English degree provides direct path to teaching

The University of Wolverhampton has launched a new degree combining English and Secondary Education - one of the first of its kind in the UK.

The Bachelor of Arts English with Secondary Education (Qualified Teacher Status) offers students the chance to study for an English degree alongside classroom training in secondary education, providing a direct route into teaching upon graduation - without the need for a 4th-year top-up on a PGCE course.

The new course gives students the opportunity to explore literary movements as well as teaching acting, directing and producing drama and includes English Language/Linguistics.  Students will also learn how to facilitate teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration and peer-group discovery through placement learning in a range of schools and education settings.

Dr Frank Wilson, Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "Usually on completion of a degree, if people want to teach they need to complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) but in this new degree we've incorporated at least 120 days of teaching time spent at a range of schools over the three years.

"The award is authorised by the Department for Education, which recognises the acute shortage of English teachers - both nationally and within the West Midlands - so this course will be plugging the local skills gap, providing the region's students with the opportunity to develop the vital critical skills which are held in such high regard by employers in all walks of professional life."  

"This course is designed specifically for applicants who know they want to teach English either in secondary schools, in colleges, private schools, prison education or as a private tutor."

The degree is available from September 2019 and will be taught at the University of Wolverhampton's City and Walsall Campuses.

Visit the website for more information about the course. For anyone who already has their results, applications can now be made through the Clearing website, calling the HOTLINE on 01902 518585 or contacting us through our Social Media channels on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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