The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary English is an innovative and flexible course that caters to the needs of teachers in primary schools and to the development needs of the schools that they work in.
You will study two modules, building excellence in your practice as a primary teacher of English and developing the skills you need to lead and develop the subject across your whole school. Both of the modules enable you to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers to help you develop critical approaches and strategies for teaching English in a primary context.
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This course enables professionals to extend knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching primary English. You will study two modules. Developing Primary English focuses on your individual classroom practice, while Leading Primary English looks at leading the subject at a whole-school level, to develop concrete strategies grounded in an understanding of theory and research.
All of our teaching staff are active researchers who are involved in publication and continuing professional development. We also sometimes host visiting lecturers from other institutions. Underpinning everything that we teach is the drive to demonstrate the on-going links between theory and practice.
Course modules (17/18)
Developing Primary English (30 credits)
- Module code: EDUM125
- Core module Y
This module is taught over two compulsory residential weekends plus up to six twilight sessions via webinar. Assignments consist of a 1500 word (equivalent) poster and presentation, followed by a 3500 word small scale research project, focusing on an area of development within your own classroom setting, which is then analysed and critiqued against academic reading, drawing conclusions as to how best to develop the teaching of English. This is a compulsory module.
Leading Primary English (30 credits)
- Module code: EDUM126
- Core module Y
This module is taught over two compulsory residential weekends plus up to six twilight sessions via webinar. Assignments consist of a 1000 word (equivalent) poster and presentation, followed by a 4000 word small scale research project, focusing on an area of development across the whole setting in which you are teaching. This is then analysed and critiqued against academic reading, drawing conclusions as to how best to develop the teaching of English in a whole school context. This is a compulsory module.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
You will be taught through a series of lectures, online seminars and workshops, with additional small group and individual tutorials. These will all be held on two residential weekends during the academic year. The costs for this are covered by the course fees. You will also get continual support online, throughout your studies.
We use a variety of teaching styles, allowing you to engage in discussion and debate with your lecturers and peers. In addition to the main programme, you will also be able to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities hosted by the Faculty of Education and Humanities. There will be approximately 12 hours of teaching over each weekend.
Dates for the two modules are as follows:
Module 1 (Developing Primary English) 2017/18: 11 and 12 Novemeber 2017 and 24 and 25 February 2018 plus additional webinars to be held during evening ‘Twilight’ sessions (dates TBC)
Module 2 (Leading primary English) 2017/18: 30 September and 1 October 2017 and 20 and 21 January 2018 plus additional webinars to be held during evening ‘Twilight’ sessions (dates TBC)
All residential weekends will be held at the Marriott Hotel Huntingdon, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Kingfisher Way, Huntingdon PE29 6FL.
You will complete two written tasks for each module, based on linking your own classroom experience with theory and research.
When you have completed this course you will be an expert in the field of primary English, enabling you to lead this subject successfully in a primary education setting.
It takes two years to complete the entire certificate. However, each module carries 30 level 7 (master’s level) credits. If you complete this certificate, you will be several steps towards gaining an MA in Education. If you have studied other credit bearing courses previously, you may have up to 120 credits, which means that you would only have to complete the thesis to gain an MA.
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How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
All participants must be practising teachers in a primary setting.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,380 (Year One 30 Credits) £1,380 (Year Two 30 Credits)|
Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase in 18/19.