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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
Financial support
Student finance 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.csp-itt.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

You will be teaching groups and classes across the school from Year 7 to Year 11. Depending on your subject background, you may also work with Year 12 & 13.

You will attend training at Leeds Trinity as well as receiving weekly bespoke on the job training from teachers and leaders in each placement school. This training will stand you in good stead to be the teacher you’ve always wanted to be. The training you receive is in addition to the CPD each school will offer you as part of their whole staff team.

You will be teaching groups and classes across the keystages and, sometimes, supporting KS5.

Assessment is based on written assignments and teaching performance.

Following qualification, you will most likely be offered an opportunity to teach in one of your placement schools and so begin the career of a lifetime!

School placements

You will have 2 placements, 1 in St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College (Bradford) and 1 in Holy Family Catholic High School (Keighley). Stage A placements are in 1 school, with Stage B placements taking place in the alternative school. You will generally be in your first school with all other School Direct trainees and again in your second school. This is to give you more opportunities to network and support each other.

Stage A begins with serial days in September moving on to being in school full-time, finishing in December. Stage B begins in January and runs through to May.

Full support will be given to you at each placement with a department mentor, a school lead mentor, the Director of the CSPTSA and a link tutor from Leeds Trinity University.

If there is any impact on school placements as a result of Covid 19, we will inform you before the course starts.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College
Cunliffe Road, Bradford, BD8 7AP
No
The Holy Family Catholic High School
Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

English GCSE ‘C’ or above, Maths GCSE ‘C’ or above, History GCSE ‘C’ or above, 3rd Class Degree or higher.

Personal qualities

Training with the CSPTSA requires you to be:

  • Committed
  • Creative
  • Engaging
  • Confident
  • Hard-working
  • A people person
  • Resilient
  • Happy

Other requirements

If your degree does not directly relate to the subject you have chosen, you will be required to take a SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course.

Whilst not a requirement, we look for our applicants to have shown commitment to teaching by having experience of working with children in a range of contexts.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

Financial support from the training provider

The CSPTSA can provide:

  • A laptop for your year of training (if you do not have your own device)
  • Re-imbursement any parking costs incurred when training at Leeds Trinity University.

About the training provider

We are The Catholic Schools Partnership of Bradford & Keighley, a Teaching School Alliance from 2014 to 2021 and now an exclusive ITT provider – we are a passionate partnership of 19 Catholic schools committed to sharing talent, faith, experience, leadership and excellent teaching to improve achievement in schools across Bradford, Keighley and beyond. We are key part of the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust (BCWCAT). We have a hugely successful Schools Direct Programme, working closely with Leeds Trinity University to provide high quality, authentic and bespoke training alongside teaching experience in a diverse range of Catholic schools across Bradford and Keighley. We grow our own teachers to make a difference to the lives of children in our care. “Training with the CSP has allowed me to experience teaching in amazing schools containing brilliant children. The support I received was outstanding and continuous. Working in a Catholic School provides an extremely supportive network within a family. The support continues from the CSP as an NQT through into an RQT development programme. The CSP give me support and allow me to ask for training in areas I feel I require to improve my career.” Julie McGovern - School Direct Trainee 2017

Interview process

Once your application is uploaded to UCAS, it is checked to ensure it meets our entry requirements (Maths & English GCSEs, Appropriate A-Levels and Degree study) If it does meet our requirements, it will then be read by the Director of the Teaching School and Secondary School Lead Mentors, who will decide whether to put you through to interview. You will be given a Subject Knowledge Audit to complete and return. You will be interviewed by 2 senior leaders and it will be in 3 parts - a short teaching session with a group of children / supporting a teacher within a lesson; a subject knowledge test (COVID dependent) and a formal interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive partnership and welcome children and staff with a range of disabilities and additional needs.

If you would like to discuss your needs, please contact us directly.

Contact this training provider

Email
simon.gallacher@bcwcat.co.uk
Telephone
07738127652
Website
https://www.csp-itt.co.uk/
Address
BCWCAT
St Bede's & St Joseph's Catholic College
Cunliffe Road
Bradford
BD8 7AP

Support and advice

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