Undergraduate

Secondary Teaching Studies (English)

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Make a positive difference. Education is transformative: it changes people's lives, including your own.
Explore English at degree level and study genres and texts relevant to the curriculum.
Gain invaluable experience and develop practical skills on a work placement thanks to our links with over 600 education-related organisations.
This accelerated route towards a PGCE gives you the chance to gain a first degree while focusing on your future ambition of becoming a teacher.
A schoolchild reads the title cover of a workbook to a teacher
A student holding an open book stands next to a bronze statue of Philip Larkin in Hull Interchange
A student teacher talks to to school children in a classroom.
A student reads a book, surrounded by. colourful sofas in a sunny library

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This is your chance to make a real difference to the next generation of thinkers, makers and dreamers.

Our innovative two-year degrees provide an opportunity to gain a first degree while focusing on your future ambition of becoming a teacher. This course is ideal if you're convinced you want to teach English to secondary school children, if you're thinking of changing your career, or if you're looking to gain a specialist first degree.

You’ll explore curriculum, learning, teaching and what inspires young people to grow and flourish, with a focus on English as a subject specialism.

  • Joint 2nd in the UK

    for Value Added 1

  • Kick-start your career

    on an accelerated two-year degree

  • Learn hands on

    with a work-based placement

  • Forest School

    certification opportunity

  • Focus on English

    as a subject specialism

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About this course

Be part of the lasting impact that education has on people's lives on this accelerated route towards a PGCE or taking on a teaching role in schools.

You’ll learn about children’s and young people’s development and needs. And explore education theory, research, policy and practice.

Opportunities to reflect on professional practice include a work-based module at the end of your first year. As well as visits to diverse learning environments such as mainstream and special schools, alternative provision, galleries and museums. You can also study towards an accredited Forest School certification, so you can lead children’s learning outdoors.

Our extensive network of 600+ charities, education-related organisations and schools gives you invaluable learning experiences such as guest lectures and professional practice observations. As well as opportunities to take your placement in the UK or overseas.

You’ll work with English specialists in the School of Humanities too, exploring a range of genres focusing on texts relevant to the curriculum. So you’ll develop subject knowledge relevant to the classroom as well as exploring language and literature at degree level.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,800 hours per year. It includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Choose your modules

The course consists of 180 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you'll study nine modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 180 credits.

Introduction to Education

This module sets the scene for the programme, starting with your own background and experience and exploring what education means, how it differs from schooling and key concepts and approaches. It will also help you to develop the academic skills necessary for your degree programme.

Core20 credits

Education Theory

This module explores the “Big Questions” in Education, drawing on key thinkers and theorists from across many periods of history and diverse locations across the globe. It will prepare you for undertaking your own research later in the degree, and provide broad horizons to challenge some of your preconceptions and expectations about education.

Core20 credits

Reflective Practice 1

This module provides opportunity to engage in an extended period of work experience (paid or voluntary) and reflect on the learning environment in which you are based. Whether in a location local to home, or visiting a more distant place, there is flexibility to explore your interests as well as deepening your understanding of learning and children’s development to prepare you for applying for a teacher-training course.

Core40 credits

Education Specialism

Following focused input from your lecturers, this module provides the opportunity to explore a particular topic of interest to you, supported by a tutor. Whether you want to learn more about child development, pedagogy, approaches to behavior management or an aspect of the school curriculum, you will be supported to develop critical insights into real life practice.

Core20 credits

Exploring English

In this introductory module you will focus on the key skills needed to help you transition from your pre-university studies to the work that you will do at university. You'll learn how to collaborate with your peers in practical skills workshops and start building up an academic support network. Your tutors will monitor your individual progress by means of an e-portfolio.

Core20 credits

Poetry, Past and Present

Discover English-language poetry from across the globe – poetry that crosses continents and cultural perspectives and gives voice to the complexities of gender and sexuality. Learn about the key poetic concepts of metre and rhyme and about different verse forms, including sonnets, songs, and ballads.

Core20 credits

The Power of the Word: Stylistics

Analyse the language techniques used by inspirational writers and public figures in their fights against racism and sexism. The module will focus on how we can analyse fiction and non-fiction to uncover the distinctive styles of inspired wordsmiths, of different genres of writing and speaking, and how powerful effects give meaning to the texts that inspire us.

Core20 credits

Drama, Conflict and Identity

Study landmark plays which highlight enduring issues of identity and human conflict. You will develop the critical skills, technical vocabulary, and knowledge of staging practices needed to analyse plays as text and performance, while discovering that drama is a malleable form where direction, performance and changing audiences can open up very different interpretations.

Core20 credits

The first year of this accelerated degree has a strong focus on thinking critically about what education is, how it differs in different places at different times, the values that underpin and inform it, and developing the skills to reflect on it in thoughtful, insightful and well-informed ways.

It provides opportunity to gain practical experience as well as exploring English as your subject of interest, allowing you to develop your knowledge alongside your understanding of how to teach it.

8 Modules

Reflective Practice 2

In this module you will hone your skills in reflective practice, reflecting on contributions from a variety of speakers and experts in addition to visits to a range of learning settings for children of different ages. This will include both formal and informal learning settings.

Core20 credits

Contemporary Issues in Education

Education systems and processes are continually changing: nothing ever seems to stand still! This module will support you to explore current issues and to develop your viewpoint and deepen your understanding drawing on the practical and theoretical learning you have gained in earlier modules.

Core20 credits

Research Methods

Prepare and complete a small action research project to develop skills that will help you across your studies. It's hands-on learning about research methodology, ethical approval, data analysis and formulating research questions.

Core40 credits

Extended Project/Dissertation (Education)

Project-based learning is a process in which you choose, plan, and complete a project independently, with expert support from your tutor. You will produce a unique piece of work that you can discuss with a degree of expertise. There will be opportunity to demonstrate and nurture skills such as creativity, independent thinking, resilience, and problem solving. An extended project is particularly good preparation for a course of Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Teacher phase of being a teacher.

Core60 credits

All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare and Early Modern Theatre

Rather than studying Shakespeare in isolation, this module places him among the many inventive and influential playwrights of the time. You will be introduced to ground-breaking plays in key genres (tragedies and comedies) and sub-genres (such as revenge drama and city comedy) which flourished in the purpose-built commercial playhouses. This module explores the drama’s extraordinary legacy: a rich trove of plays of exceptional emotional reach, eloquence, invention, and imaginative daring. Provocative, moving and evocative—these plays form part of a golden age of English theatre.

Core20 credits

Crime and Transgression

Societies, cultures and communities often construct themselves around what they define as ‘criminal’ or ‘transgressive’. Question how societies and cultures enforce discipline upon ‘transgressive’ individuals and groups: what is a ‘crime’ and who effectively gets punished? Explore how societies respond to those who transgress against heteronormative relationships or those whose gender identities put them beyond their societies’ very narrow definitions.

Core20 credits

The second year of the programme continue the focus on reflective practice, providing opportunity to visit a range of settings and to meet expert practitioners.

It focusses on key contemporary issues and provides opportunity to develop the skills necessary to research an aspect of education about which you care passionately.

6 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Education Lecture Room

Study the theory in our lecture rooms – before you put your learning into practice in the classroom.

Forest School Training Centre

You could study for a Forest School certification within our outdoor classroom, gardens, wooded area and wildflower meadows.

Brynmor Jones Library

Our seven-storey library is a superb learning space. As well as more than a million books, there’s a variety of study areas, over 400 open-access PCs and one amazing view.

Group Lecture Room

Collaborate in group lecture rooms working as part of our vibrant community of students and staff who all share an interest in developing excellent learning opportunities for others.

See more in our virtual tour

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Brynmor Jones Library Observation Deck
Small Lecture Room
student on placement as trainee teacher at tollbar academy

Future prospects

After you graduate, you can go on to work in schools as an unqualified teacher, or start initial teacher training leading to Qualified Teacher Status (e.g. PGCE).

Graduates also pursue other postgraduate studies, work as home education tutors, education consultants, teach abroad, or take up educational roles in the arts, heritage or local government sectors. 90.5% of our students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating.2

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. The Guardian University Rankings 2024.
  2. (Teacher Education) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.

 

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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