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 developing needs of the schools in which they work . This programme aims to build on excellence in your practice as a primary teacher of English and the skills you need to lead and develop the subject across your whole school. The programme enables you to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers to help you develop critical approaches and strategies for teaching English in a primary context.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary English is for qualified teachers who wish to transform their own teaching practice and make an impact on the English teaching and learning within their own school. During the course we focus on areas of the English curriculum such as poetry, drama, use of film and technology as well as key areas such as phonics, grammar and spelling. You will enhance your own subject knowledge in these areas through relating this to effective teaching in the classroom. We support you in your developing role of English subject leader, through exploring strategies of working alongside colleagues using professional strategies such as mentoring and coaching. In this way, the programme encourages you to strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development. Through this programme you will attain professional recognition as a primary English specialist teacher, giving you the confidence to teach and lead in this subject.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
This Masters’ level professional development course is for primary English teachers. It focuses on the development of the English curriculum in relation to your setting as well as considering what mastery in English might look like. It therefore remains current and reflects prevailing government agendas.
You will have the opportunity to:
- improve your English subject and teaching knowledge
- further understand how your pupils learn in English
- evaluate your own learning to improve your teaching practice
- build your collaborative and leadership skills through peer coaching
- support the development of your schools’ approach to English teaching and learning
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 using a variety of methods including face to face seminars and workshops, online blended activities as well as the opportunity for one to one tutorials with your tutor. For those joining the 2018-19 cohort, there will be four compulsory Saturday Conferences of face to face sessions as well as twilight sessions for each of the two modules. The Saturday Conferences are held at a Conference Centre, starting at 9am and usually finishing around 6pm with lunch and refreshments included. These Conferences are arranged jointly with the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics, so although the workshops are subject based, you will have the opportunity to network with a larger range of teachers working on similar overall themes. Dates for each of these Saturday Conferences have yet to be confirmed, but for each module will be in:
- Module 1: October 2018, November 2018, January 2019 and February 2019
- Module 2: May 2019, June 2019, September 2019 and December 2019
Twilight meetings are arranged with group tutors nearer the time. Further tuition on the course is arranged through blended learning approaches on our dedicated online NILE course site. Our library is stocked with a very large range of e-resources that will facilitate your independent learning at a distance.
Contact hours : 30 hours
Independent study hours: 195 hours
Assessment hourse: 75 hours
There are face-to-face session for each of the two cohorts:
Teaching will be delivered over two weekends: 29 and 30 September 2018, and 26 and 27 January 2019.
Teaching will be delivered on Saturdays in October and November 2018, January and February 2019 for module one. For module two, teaching will be delivered on Saturdays in May, June, September and December 2019. Dates to be confirmed.
You will complete two written tasks for each module, based on linking your own classroom experience with theory and research.
The first module requires you to complete a poster and presentation which acts as a proposal for your first small scale research project, followed by a small scale research project focusing on an aspect of your own English teaching that you would like to develop.
The second module requires a poster and presentation focusing upon the leadership strategies of coaching and mentoring, followed by a slightly larger research project which has an impact on the teaching and learning of English at a wider school level.
Metcalfe, J. Simpson, D. Toyn, M. and Todd, I. (2013) Thinking Through New Literacies for Primary and Early Years. London: Learning Matters
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, impacting directly on the teaching and learning of English across your whole school.
Teachers who have completed this course have gone onto lead English successfully in their school, have gain confidence in applying and obtaining senior leadership positions as well as becoming trainers of English for local teaching schools as well as presenting the findings of their research projects at Head Teacher conferences.
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 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,100 (Year One 30 Credits) £1,100 (Year Two 30 Credits)|
Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase.