This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by July 2022 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BA (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and English with QTS

Our BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and English combines a firm grounding in grammar, linguistics, literature, and educational theory with practical teaching skills. It offers a fast-track route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a rewarding career teaching in secondary education.

Secondary Education (11-16) and English with QTS

Key information


BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:



3 years


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Words are powerful. English lies at the heart of education, giving young people a voice and opening doors for their future. Our BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and English course is a three-year programme, leading to an honours degree and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It offers you a comprehensive programme of study in the concepts of English language and literature, including a focus on grammar and etymology, the study of prose, poetry, and drama, and practical teaching skills grounded in theory. It's ideal if you are looking to teach English at Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16).

During the first year of the course, our dedicated tutors will support you to consolidate and develop your knowledge of English beyond A-level. You'll also have the opportunity to gain valuable preparatory knowledge and understanding of your role as a teacher in secondary education and complete a short placement in one of our partner schools. In the second year, you'll focus on deepening your knowledge and understanding of English and begin to develop your teaching skills via further school-based experience. You'll start gathering evidence towards the Department for Education Teachers' Standards so that we can monitor your progress towards your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

At honours-level, you'll explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We'll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice and encourage you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students' performances and provide constructive feedback. Our supportive tutors and subject specialist school mentors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive mathematics teacher with high standards of professionalism and fulfil the requirements for your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

  • This programme offers you the opportunity to gain both an honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after just three years of study.
  • We'll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach English at Key Stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16) and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Work-based learning through a teaching placement is an essential part of the course and you'll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 120 days experience planning and delivering learning in schools.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated education team possess a wealth of experience in teacher training.
  • Our Education courses are ranked first in the UK for student experience and seventh in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, so you can be assured that we offer high standards of tuition and pastoral care.
  • Also, our Education courses are top in the UK for course and feedback satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2022.
Key Features
  • You'll have the chance to explore areas of English language and literature, including Shakespearean and modern drama, prose, and poetry, along with the study of grammar, linguistics, and etymology.
  • You don't need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners.
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranks our English department first in the UK for teaching quality and student experience, so you can expect enthusiastic teaching and support throughout your studies.
Professional recognition

On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Secondary Education and English degree, you'll receive a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools. QTS can only be granted by the UK government's Department for Education (DfE).

The University of Bolton will inform the DfE once you have successfully completed all areas of study and are eligible to receive the award of QTS. On our recommendation, the DfE will award QTS automatically and you will not need to undertake further tests or study to obtain QTS.

Please note that 'recommendation with QTS' will not be stated on your degree certificate.

  • Your Level 3 subjects must include English; for instance, A-level English Language or English Literature.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • You’ll need to satisfactorily pass a fitness to practice assessment.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • You'll need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and English degree is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in teaching English at Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16). The course offers a grounding in English and examines how this can support a career in education and school-based experience.

During this course, you'll have the opportunity to develop a high level of knowledge and skill in English language and literature. You'll also gain transferable skills such as planning, time management, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, critical literary and linguistic analysis, research and self-discipline.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree offers you an exciting opportunity to turn your passion for English into a career in teaching. As a graduate of this course, you'll be well equipped with both the subject knowledge and the necessary pedagogical skills for teaching English in secondary schools.

Some typical employers for teachers include state-maintained schools, where your employer will often be the local authority. However, you may be employed directly by the school; for example, if you're working for an academy or free school. Graduates working in independent schools or colleges are also employed directly by the institution.

Alternatively, after graduation, you may wish to take a master's degree in education or a related social science to develop your understanding of the theory, research and policy of education.

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

We take a blended approach to teaching and learning, using a combination of face-to-face sessions, electronic resources and communications, and school-based experience. You can expect timetabled lectures, along with tutorials and problem classes, seminars where we'll encourage you to present your ideas, and meetings with your personal tutor. Guided independent study and self-directed learning are equally essential to your success; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for practical activities and working on projects. As you progress, you'll be expected to demonstrate the ability to study independently and manage your own study.

Personal tutoring will help to support you throughout the course. We endeavour to be available and approachable, and encourage you to talk with us informally whenever you need support or guidance.

Formal assessment will be by examination, timed in-class tests, assignments, presentations, dissertation and oral viva. Additional formal assessment will be based on coursework. You'll be expected to produce written work that demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply the course content. You'll also receive informal peer and tutor feedback on individual and group activities. Your tutor will guide you towards areas of appropriate research and background reading.

We'll arrange school placements for you that will support you in meeting the requirements to become a qualified teacher in the secondary education sector. Your teaching practice will be assessed during your placement according to the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training, and the Professional Standards for Teachers set by the Department for Education (DfE) and documented through session planning, observation reports, and reflective journals. You'll receive informal feedback on your performance to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course. Your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status will be made when you have met all of the Teachers' Standards.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Joanne Hornby
Programme Co-leader, Education

+44 (0)1204 903342

Jill Marsden
Programme Co-leader, English

+44 (0)1204 903238

Initial Teacher Training and Qualified Teacher Status Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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