Catholic Schools’ Partnership English (2HDH)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
King’s College London (University of London)
Financial support
Bursaries and 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk/

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Course summary

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2022 student survey, 99% of trainees rated the quality of their training as good, very good, or excellent.

This course aims to prepare students to:

  • become effective secondary school teachers
  • become knowledgeable subject specialists who can progress to take on responsibilities in curriculum development
  • become good classroom managers
  • become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.

The course encourages learning through critical reflection, making connections between the theory and practice of teaching, and continuing to self-evaluate and improve throughout a teaching career. We work to enable students to teach pupils to think, and to interpret pupils’ understanding, building their subsequent teaching on this.

Programme description

We adopt a variety of teaching and learning strategies during the year. Our aim is to use the sessions not only to give practical and theoretical ideas on the teaching of English but to model ways in which you might teach English in the classroom.

Sessions include:

  • opportunities to discuss and debate in small groups
  • interactive whole class teaching
  • trialling materials for use in schools
  • using drama, media and technology resources.
  • lectures
  • opportunities for students to develop their presentation skills.

We also make full use of the university’s unique location on the river Thames by providing opportunities throughout the year to visit places like the Globe, Tate Modern and the Poetry Library.

Course Information

School placements

All School Direct trainees start at their chosen school during the first week of the autumn term before attending university sessions the following week. School term dates will be confirmed once you have accepted an offer.

Around half of the schools within the Catholic Schools’ Partnership offer training placements. Those who are able to support the main placement are listed for each respective course.

Candidates tend to apply to schools that are located close to where they live and we are happy to arrange tours and an observation day in your preferred school prior to application.

At the point of application please select your first choice of school. Once your application has passed our vetting process you will be invited to interview at KCL and if successful at this stage this will be followed by an interview at the school.

We offer an ABA placement route with King’s College London. This involves one long placement with a 6-week placement at another school within the CSP in the spring term before you return to your original school for the remainder of the course.

At the start of the academic year we will contact all registered trainees to confirm the area where you are living and to ask about the type of school that you would like to be placed in for your second placement. Where possible, we will try to accommodate your request and placements are arranged with a maximum commuting distance of 1 hour 15 minutes based upon the address provided. Travel time is usually significantly less than this.

We are able to offer contrasting placements in single-sex or mixed schools and in schools with sixth forms where your main placement school is 11-16. Where you have completed a placement in a single-sex school your second placement will be in a mixed school or a school with students of the opposite sex.

Should you have any questions relating to the placement structure, please do not hesitate to email c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk for more information.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A variety of subjects will be acceptable:

  • Single honours English or joint honours (with English as half)
  • Academic theatre studies degrees (but candidates have to make up the gaps in subject knowledge during the course of the year)
  • Communications, media or linguistic degrees, depending on what the degree entailed (in particular, any substantial amount of textual examination).

Those candidates whose first degree is not in English will need to demonstrate significant literature subject knowledge within their application.

Your degree subject should be in English 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in maths.

A Star Equivalency, or Birmingham City University. Please note that the Birmingham City equivalency tests are currently being offered online.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for English
  • Commitment to working with young people
  • Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet
  • Evidence of good interpersonal skills
  • Awareness of current educational issues

Potential for Teaching Previous experience of teaching or voluntary work in a school is desirable. Spend at least one day observing your subject being taught in a secondary school and reference this in your application.

Demonstrate an awareness of what good teaching entails (or why some teaching you experienced was bad) and indicate a desire to teach.

Other requirements

You should provide:

  • a reference which identifies your academic strengths and personal qualities required for teaching
  • a reference with no reservations about suitability e.g. relating to academic achievement, effort, health, commitment, consistency, group working skills, communication skills

Police Clearance Candidates offered a place will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. Trainees who have lived or worked outside of the UK in the last five years are required to provide a certificate of good conduct from abroad.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

  • Tuition fees: Tuition fee loans are available for those who meet the Government’s criteria for this scheme. Further information is available at GOV.UK

  • Government Training Bursaries: Please note training bursaries are only available to students who have been classified as Home/EU for fee purposes.

  • International Applicants - Please note we are not able to accept applications from international candidates.

About the training provider

The Catholic Schools’ Partnership (CSP) is a strong and growing group of schools. It is a cross-phase partnership from primary, through to secondary and sixth form colleges. Our partner schools are based throughout South-East London and Kent covering Southwark, Greenwich Lewisham, Bromley and Bexleyheath. This diversity in type of school and location gives a richness to our shared work. Our shared vision is Growing Teachers, Growing Learners, Growing Schools.

Our schools have a long history of Initial Teacher Education and have offered School Direct places since the initiative began. We have selected several universities that match our ethos. By carefully selecting the right universities to work with we are able to offer you an excellent start to your career in education.

We offer Primary Tuition Fee School Direct places and are able to provide training in a range of secondary subjects. Some subjects are available with a choice of provider.

We run an extensive CPD programme for trainees and most secure an ECT position within the group of schools. We also provide flexibility as your career progresses, with opportunities to move between schools.

We would encourage applicants to contact us to arrange a school tour prior to application and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact the CSP Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay via email - c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk for more information or visit our website here to find out more about our schools and the career opportunities that we are able to offer.

About the accredited body

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2022 student survey, 99% of trainees rated the quality of their training as good, very good, or excellent.

Interview process

The King’s process includes: a group discussion, a written task and an individual interview.

Writing In your writing we will be looking for:

  • ability to express yourself clearly;
  • accurate grammar and spelling.

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

All School Direct trainees must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

The activities that a teacher must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003.

We welcome applications from people with additional needs and disabilities. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme.

Within our group of schools, we are able to provide support for a range of disabilities and other needs and are usually able to arrange appropriate school placements and additional support as required. We have trained applicants with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments, as well as students with mental health issues. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided or wish to discuss your own requirements further, please contact the CSP Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay, c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk.

For further information on the support provided by our university partners please see the links below.

Goldsmiths University Disability Service

King’s College London Disability Access:

St Mary’s University Student Services

University College London School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. You can find more information here

We also strongly welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

Contact this training provider

Email
c.barclay@catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk
Telephone
0207 232 4569
Website
http://catholicschoolspartnership.org.uk/
Address
St Michael's Catholic College
Llewellyn Street
Bermondsey
London
SE16 4UN

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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