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Watford Grammar School for Girls Computing (37N8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.watfordgirls.herts.sch.uk/

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022

Contents

Course summary

Spending four days a week in school and one day a week at the University of Hertfordshire this Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching this subject to the 11-16 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with Hertfordshire University. The programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by a teacher and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice. We pride ourselves in providing a stimulating and supportive environment. We have a very effective partnership with the University at all levels. A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions at University which will include lectures, seminars and workshops and where active participation is encouraged. In School trainees are supported by both a subject mentor and a professional mentor with weekly meetings to support the individual needs of the trainee. There are a wide range of opportunities for observation, training and complementary experiences within our consortium. You will be based for the majority of the time in a single, named school, but will also spend 6 weeks on a second placement to broaden school experience. Recommendation for QTS is based on continuing assessment of practice. For information on aspects of the masters credits please consult the University of Hertfordshire website.

This differs from our other course in the subject by being unsalaried but awarding a PGCE in addition to QTS.

School placements

All of the schools in our consortium offer training in the 11-16 age range, but in addition can offer experience of sixth form work. Schools are selected according to location and capacity to train in a particular subject. We have 7 schools in the consortium and trainees will experience 2 placements. The majority of time in their named training school and 6 weeks in the second school placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Computing or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

See University of Hertfordshire

About the training provider

Working in Partnership with 7 Schools in South West Hertfordshire and North London and with the Advanced Learning Partnership we offer training in a diverse range of schools including a number of schools listed in the top 100 best achieving state schools in the country. We can also offer experiences in single sex, mixed selective and community schools. As a consortium we have worked together for many years and have trained well over 100 teachers in partnership with Hertfordshire University. Our training is based on supporting trainees to develop their academic subject knowledge as well as their understanding of pedagogy in a supportive atmosphere tailoring experiences to the needs and prior experience of the individual. You will be based at school for 4 days a week and spend one day of the week at university.

Interview process

Applications will be invited to visit one of the schools in the consortium to discuss their application. Candidates will be observed teaching a short lesson. There will be an interview in the placement school and a Panel interview held at the Lead school, this will include a written test and an examination of qualifications.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are keen to support trainees with particular needs. There are some access issues on some of our sites; but we have supported trainees with hearing and sight impairment, dyslexia and long term illness. This is done in close association with and seeking the advice of Hertfordshire University.

Contact this training provider

Email
j.hart@watfordgirls.herts.sch.uk
Telephone
01923223403
Website
http://www.watfordgirls.herts.sch.uk/
Address
Lady's Close
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0AE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022