Delivered by our partners at NITE (National Institute of Teaching and Education).
About this course
We believe that initial teacher training is best done in schools, supported by first-rate teachers and underpinned by the quality and standards expected from a university. PGCE with QTS is an Initial Teacher Training course, which certifies trainees to teach in state-maintained schools in England.
Applicants for the course can also teach in independent schools. The course is offered at Primary level (5-11 and 7-11 age ranges) and across a range of subjects at Secondary level (11-16, 11-18 age ranges). The course is also offered for the 14-19 age range in subjects, which are usually only taught in Key Stages 4 & 5.
We believe that initial teacher training is best done in schools, supported by first-rate teachers and underpinned by the quality and standards expected from a university. Our distinct course enables you to be based in a school for its duration, whilst following a university-led course, which has been designed and is delivered by experts in teacher training. A significant number of schools across the country can work with us, and so it is likely that you may be able to train to teach in a location to suit you.
Your own Personal University Tutor will work closely with you and your in-school mentor, to ensure you receive all the support you need to become a confident and highly-skilled teacher. Whilst in school, you will put into practice straightaway the learning from our course, which is delivered through online teaching, materials, webinars and live tutorials. You will be part of a cohort of fellow trainee teachers, with whom you will share experiences and learning online each week and in termly educational conferences.
What are the entry requirements?
Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a prerequisite of acceptance onto the course.
To apply to the course, all trainees must:
- Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 3-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required.
- Hold a UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.
- Take part in a rigorous selection process to assess their suitability to train to teach. This involves an application form, pre-interview tasks for subject knowledge, English and Maths, and an interview.
- Students must have undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including an enhanced DBS check. The DBS is paid for by the school for students on the employed route.
English as a Foreign Language
Participants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with no component less than 5.5, or TEFL 600. If you have IELTS 6.0 you may be eligible to study our online pre-sessional English course.