The Essential English for Teaching module

The Welsh Government has raised the entry requirements for GCSE English and Mathematics for applicants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses for September 2014 entry. You now need a minimum of B grades in GCSE English language and Mathematics before commencing ITT courses such as those offered at the University of South Wales in Primary and Secondary. This applies to courses studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 12 Weeks January Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 12 Weeks January Newport City C

A pre-requisite of the course is that students already have a GCSE grade C in English language; students need to be confident and competent at this level before starting the course; the course will build upon skills already gained in order to achieve a grade C for this subject.

It is recommended that students should actively engage with reading a range of fiction or non-fiction texts on a regular basis in order to extend their vocabulary and fluency in reading for pleasure and in order to locate information.

Lecture 1
Skills Review: to analyse and assess quality of written work, focusing on sentence structure, punctuation and spelling.
Key aspects of punctuation: using commas and semi-colons to structure complex sentences. Use of quotation marks and speech marks.

Lecture 2
Understanding Grammar: Simple, compound and complex sentences. Using a range of sentence structure for to create appropriate tone.

Lecture 3
Review Assignment Brief: introduction and preparation for assignment.**

Lecture 4
Reading for information / higher order reading skills: essential skills for locating information in texts. Using references.

Lecture 5
Writing: essay construction. The purpose and structure of openings and conclusions, effective paragraphing.

Lecture 6
Using appropriate language repertoires: standard versus non-standard English

Lecture 7
Non-fiction text types

Lecture 8
Open Book Examination – review resources

Lecture 9
Examination technique – interrogating titles and creating appropriate responses.

Lecture 10
Examination Preparation

**Submission Date for the English Assignment is 20th March 2014.

27.03.14 Revision Week
02.04.14 Examination Week

Teaching

Essential English for Teaching
This module will be delivered from 16 January 2014 for 10 weeks on Thursdays from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

It is recommended that students should actively engage with reading a range of fiction or non-fiction texts on a regular basis in order to extend their vocabulary and fluency in reading for pleasure and in order to locate information.

Assessment

Assessment will comprise of 50% assignment and 50% examination

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English language

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

On successful completion, students will gain 20 credits at Higher Education level 4 in English language.

Students are then eligible to progress onto one of the initial teacher training courses at the University of South Wales (subject to meeting the additional entry requirements of the course).

BA (Hons) Primary Studies with Qualified Teacher Status
BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics, Science, ICT with Qualified Teacher Status
BSc (Hons) Secondary Design & Technology with Qualified Teacher Status
PGCE Secondary Design & Technology

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