Biddulph High School English (K011)

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

Accredited body
Staffordshire University
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://www.biddulphhigh.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

After an Induction Programme at the university, you will be in school on two block placements to gain a supported understanding of the role of the teacher. Within a school, you will receive expert support from a subject or class mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review lessons and develop your subject knowledge. Each school or college will have a professional mentor who will help you to understand the organisation of the school, pastoral care systems and the legal and social framework of school including supporting services. Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school. The University element of the course is designed to engage Associate Teachers in critical reflection on the nature of education. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.

School placements

The school experience is based in local, carefully selected partnership schools.

  • You will complete 2 placements, covering the age range 11-18.
  • The first placement will run from September to the end of January and the second from February to mid-June.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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 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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Biddulph High School offers high quality, school based, Initial Teacher Training. Our track record is impressive; we pride ourselves on our high levels of support, friendliness and on our commitment to helping you to reach your full teaching potential. We work in partnership with schools across Staffordshire and Cheshire and provide opportunities for you to teach across the full age range, including GCSE, BTEC and A-Level provision. We are currently recruiting for our eleventh year of trainees. The outcomes for trainees in our cohorts have been excellent. We have a strong reputation for nurturing talent, providing outstanding support and in-house professional learning for all of our staff. We all learn with each other and from each other and our staff are highly motivated, creative and resilient teachers. Trainee teachers are a central part of our community of learners and play a key role in the life of the school from the first day of training.

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

Biddulph High School is a single site, double storey building with lift access. Biddulph High School is accessible to all and fully inclusive.

Contact this training provider

Email
Tracey@biddulphhigh.co.uk
Telephone
01782523977
Website
http://www.biddulphhigh.co.uk
Address
Conway Road
Knypersley
Biddulph
Stoke-on-Trent
ST8 7AR

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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