If you wish to train as an English teacher, but your degree did not provide enough content on this subject for you to gain automatic entry onto an initial teacher training course, completion of this SKE course, might be made a condition of an offer onto a secondary English teacher training course.
This course will prepare you for an initial teacher training secondary English course by developing your skills and giving you the confidence to recognise areas in your own subject knowledge which you need to develop during the enhancement course, initial teacher education and beyond. It will also help you to develop a 'deep' understanding of the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with English as a subject.
We aim to help you to come to a deep understanding of the concepts and skills associated at GCSE level. In addition, aspects of A level English will be covered depending on the aptitudes and interests of the trainees.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Level 6 Graduate Certificate in Subject Knowledge Enhancement (English).
Drop in to one of our informal postgraduate events - our staff and current students will be on hand to answer all your questions.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.
The SKE English course is suitable for graduates with a good degree from a UK higher education institution (or a recognised equivalent) who have sufficient English knowledge to commence the course.
This could be through holding an A-level in English, (not essential) having an element of English in your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject.
Applicants must also meet the National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
In addition to academic qualifications, candidates will be expected to have good communication and organisational skills, possess a desire to learn more about English and demonstrate a commitment to teaching the subject.
To be eligible to start this course you will need to hold a conditional offer of a place on an initial teacher training course, for example a PGCE Secondary English course.
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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Once you have accepted a conditional offer onto a PGCE course you should apply using the link above. You will need to provide proof of this offer when you apply. Our admissions team will process your offer and further information will be sent to you.
If you have any for further queries, please contact the Programme Lead for the SKE courses via email on: Tracey.Goodyere@bcu.ac.uk.
There are no course fees. A National College of Teaching and Leadership bursary of £115 per week is available for eligible course participants. Additional, discretionary bursaries of up to £85 per week may be available, depending on an individual meeting eligibility criteria.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
This course covers a range of topics to support English subject knowledge in preparation for the teaching of English as a curriculum area in the secondary school. Engagement with literature pre and post 1914 will drive much of subject learning with a specific focus on utilising independent reading skills and a presentation to demonstrate engagement with typical core English texts. This will also include fiction and non-fiction to maximise developing an understanding of genre for academic purpose, which is essential for the preparation for a pedagogical approach to English literature.
Engagement also with the English National Curriculum documents for KS3 and KS4 is essential to support the development of your subject knowledge for teaching writing skills and grammar. A range of different fiction and non-fiction text types that form the English curriculum will be explored as well as developing your understanding of the range of spelling, punctuation and grammar skills that are needed in the English classroom. The KS3 English glossary is the foundation of grammar knowledge and this is essential preliminary reading. A range of pedagogical approaches to teaching writing and grammar will be explored in the subject learning and this will be further developed through a written reflection on a specific area of teaching writing and grammar.
There will also be a focus on subject specific pedagogy in relation to Reading, Writing and Spoken English: the three core strands of English teaching. This will ensure you move from the position of a student of English into a teacher of English: a role in which love of subject and delivery of subject will closely unite.
Pre-initial teacher training Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are intensive programmes, which have been accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
As a provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Birmingham City University is regularly inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).
Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial. It inspects and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Ofsted inspections of ITE providers provide an expert and independent assessment of how well we are performing and the quality of teacher training offered. Information in the inspection report can help prospective trainees decide which universities suit their training needs.
In the latest Ofsted Inspection (March 2014) we were was awarded a grade 2 rating 'Good' for our primary and early years, secondary and post-compulsory education and training provision.
On successful completion of the SKE programme, you will progress directly onto an initial teacher training programme, for example a PGCE Secondary English course.
Our one year full-time PGCE Secondary Education English course, which starts in September, qualifies trainees to teach 11 to 16 year olds. The course offers the additional benefit of post-16 enhancement giving you maximum flexibility when looking for a job.
After you have successfully completed a Subject Knowledge Enhancement in English course and then an initial teacher training course, for example a PGCE Secondary English course you will be ready to begin your career as an English teacher in the secondary sector.
You will visit secondary schools for observation purposes and workshops. You will prepare and teach lessons to small groups of school students.
You will get involved in a range of activities, by observing lessons and acting as a teaching assistant. This will really boost your learning and give you valuable experience for when you start your initial teacher training.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
A fly through of the £41 million expansion of our City South Campus. It will provide specialist laboratories and teaching spaces for the new life sciences courses and a new home for the School of Education.
Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.
City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.
The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston during the 2017/18 academic year.
Our new development at City South Campus will ensure students have access to the modern facilities, including our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.
All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.
Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.
Other items available include:
There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.
The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.
The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.
There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.
There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.
The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.
You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.
There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.
Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.
This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.
As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.
The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.
There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.
Fiona spent 15 years working as an English teacher in secondary schools in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. She was a Head of Department for 4 years, and an Assistant Head Teacher for 5 years.
She has had various areas of responsibility in schools including leading whole school teaching and learning, Designated Safeguarding Lead, UCAS advisor, Professional Tutor, NQT Induction Tutor, and ITT Mentor.
She joined BCU in September 2016 as a Senior Teaching Fellow working with Secondary English School Direct trainees. She also worked as an Associate Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick on the Secondary PGCE course. From September 2017 she will be Subject Route Leader for the BCU Secondary English PGCE course.