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Royal Greenwich School Alliance English (25HS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
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://rgtsa.uk/teacher-training/

Contents

About the course

The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has three distinct modules. These are:

  • School Experience (Level 6)
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education (Level 7)
  • Subject Studies (Level 7)

School Experience During the programme you will spend a minimum of 120 days in school. These days are divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In addition to school placements you will spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you will have mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area.

Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This programme will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs. Assessment of this module is through a portfolio of evidence and will require you to demonstrate your engagement across all eight of the Teachers’ Standards.

The Secondary PGCE (QTS) Programme at Goldsmiths is taught and assessed at Masters Level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with 120 Masters level credits which is equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences. The academic element of your programme is made up of two modules.

English: This programme offers a balance of theory and practice to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the National Curriculum for English, including post-16 teaching. You will learn how to make use of a wide range of teaching approaches through practical workshop sessions and seminars with trained professionals, and also through your direct involvement with one or more culturally diverse London schools. Through practical and theoretical application, you will be taught all aspects of the planning and evaluation of lessons, assessment, marking and examination syllabuses. By the time you reach Qualified Teacher Status you will have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a responsible professional who can make positive and informed contributions to educational policy.

School placements

The Secondary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-18 age range.

We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.

You will have two extended placements during your programme during the Autumn and Spring/ Summer terms. Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme. In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Please refer to: https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/apply/entry-requirements/

Additional qualifications may be needed to qualify for the bursary for this PGCE programme.

Personal qualities

In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban settings and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.

Other requirements

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we do ask that you spend a minimum of 5 days in a school in the last 5 years to ensure that you are fully aware that the profession is right for you.

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 £14,600

About the training provider

The Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance is committed to providing world-class support for schools in Greenwich and beyond. We are an alliance of strong and innovative schools, highly focused local authority support and universities (including the University of Greenwich and Goldsmiths University), collaborating to deliver excellent teaching and embed outstanding practice at all levels. his programme is led by Thomas Tallis secondary school, will run for 36 weeks, and is available to high-quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). The programme comprises two elements; university-based teaching (with either the University of Greenwich or Goldsmiths University) and school-based experience. Practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools, where student teachers are allocated subject-specialist mentors who offer feedback and guidance. During both placements there is the opportunity to develop your subject teaching, supported by specialist teachers. As well as covering all aspects of the National Curriculum and addressing all relevant government standards, this programme helps trainee teachers to develop as effective teachers. Sessions with our University Partners cover a range of topics, including planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management.

We offer the following subjects: Biology, Maths, MFL, Chemistry, Art & Design, Drama, English & Media, Design Technology, P.E., Physics, and Music.

Interview process

Interviews take place either at Goldsmiths or in one of our partnership schools. All interviews will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.

Across all subject areas, activities at interview will include:

  • A written English test;
  • An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
  • An individual interview;
  • For certain subjects you may be required to provide a portfolio of work at interview to evidence your professional practice.

In addition, some subjects may include additional interview activities please see specific subject pages listed above.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from students with additional needs for further details of support you can expect to receive please refer to: https://www.gold.ac.uk/students/disability-support/

We welcome applications from students with additional needs for further details of support you can expect to receive please refer to: https://www.gold.ac.uk/students/disability-support/ .

Contact this training provider

Email
selliott@thomastallis.org.uk
Telephone
0208 856 0115
Website
https://rgtsa.uk/teacher-training/
Address
Kidbrooke Park Road
Kidbrooke
London
London
SE3 9PX

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