PGCE (Secondary): Media Studies with English

  • UCAS Teacher Training code
  • Length
    1 year full-time

Course overview

This programme offers you a balance of theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to more fully explore and understand the key concepts of Media Studies at secondary school and at post-16 level.

This programme offers you a route into teaching a subject that is dynamic and constantly changing. Our experts will teach you, through a diverse and integrated course, everything you need to know about the place of Media Studies within the school curriculum.

You’ll learn through a number of Subject Studies and School Experience modules in the areas of Media Studies (75%) and English teaching at Key Stage 3 (25%). You’ll learn hand-on media skills through a programme of practical media training sessions.

Elements of teaching and assessments will be shared with the highly regarded English and Media Centre.

You’ll gain an understanding of the place of Media Studies within the school curriculum, while exploring the key concepts involved in media studies including:

  • Media languages
  • Media audiences
  • Media institutions
  • Media representation

You’ll also develop your practical skills, gaining expertise in teaching pre-production, production and post-production.

With a focus on Key Stage 3, you’ll explore the teaching, learning and assessment of English.

To underpin your Media and English studies, you’ll gain an understanding of pedagogy including:

  • assessment and marking
  • public examinations
  • classroom organisation and management
  • inclusion
  • planning a rigorous and creative curriculum to meet the requirements of school and examination specifications
  • using social media in the classroom

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your PGCE fees, you will be expected to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Vicky Macleroy


Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established
a reputation for excellence in this field

Educational Studies

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups. 

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher. 

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms. 


We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring. 


Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.*

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Find out more about the Department of Educational Studies.

*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.