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Landau Forte College Derby SCITT Design and technology (T578)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is for applications for Product Design with Food Technology. You will spend the majority of your week based in school, learning from outstanding teacher educators who will provide the mentoring, pastoral care and subject support you need on a daily basis.

You will have a one day induction in July and a week induction in September. Some of our partner schools may also invite you to join their July/September induction days. Following this induction you will start in your main placement school and meet the team, complete all compulsory safeguarding training, shadow and observe colleagues and start to immerse yourself in school life. In a short period you will begin to take on classes to teach by yourself, always with the support of other colleagues in your team and at a pace you are happy with depending upon your previous experience. You won’t begin to teach straight away but take the first few weeks to observe great teaching and get to know your base school and the students you will be teaching.

Throughout the course you will have weekly Education and Professional Studies sessions based at the SCITT hub at Landau Forte College. These sessions will provide a framework for you to develop as a teacher and support the practical side of your training with up to date academic research based input.

Trainees highly value our subject training. An experienced Subject Knowledge Tutor will support the development of your subject delivery and those areas which have been highlighted from your subject knowledge audit. Subject Knowledge sessions will deepen your subject knowledge in relation to curriculum needs and appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with a particular focus on how educational issues such as assessment, planning, and delivery can be most effectively achieved in the classroom. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure that you develop as a creative and reflective classroom practitioner.

School placements

Our partner schools are located in Derby, Derbyshire and Tamworth. Most of your school based training will take place in one school from September to July, with a shorter second placement in a contrasting school in January/February.

Trainees will be expected to be able to travel to locations up to a 30 minute drive so that we are able to give you a contrasting experience.

We also organise primary placements and a specialist placement to a local SEND school to develop your knowledge of transition to secondary and SEND. A placement is also available at a pupil referral behavioural unit for those trainees who wish to experience this. Throughout your placement, you will have the opportunity to take part in all aspects of life as a teacher. You will have a close team of people around you to support, guide and mentor you to achieve success as a trainee and feel ready to take up the challenge of being a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Training and teaching in Derby offers the best of both worlds - multicultural city life on the doorstep of a stunning rural environment. Derby is at the heart and centre of the country and has great transport links such as East Midlands Airport and train links to all areas of the country. It is home to global businesses like Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Toyota and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Derwent Valley Mills.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You need to have a pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE grade C/ grade 4 or above, or have a certification in a standard equivalent to Grade C/ grade 4 at GCSE. Applicants need a UK degree or equivalent qualification, which will be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline, at least 50% of your first degree should be directly relevant to the subject you want to teach.

Personal qualities

A genuine interest in young people and a passion for their development and well-being are key. We expect you to be resilient, work hard and be committed, but the work will be rewarding. Teaching is a job where you can really make a difference to young people’s lives. Teaching is about working with others - pupils, colleagues, parents and carers. By working in our schools we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with our teachers.

Other requirements

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All trainees will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check including a check of the children’s barred list.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

The fees are £9,250 for QTS with PGCE. If you are training to be a teacher, you can apply for finance to cover course fees.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be able to take out a student loan to pay for your tuition fees and living costs.

About the training provider

Landau Forte College Derby where our central SCITT hub is based, is rated ‘Outstanding’, has the leading Progress 8 and Attainment 8 results for GCSE in Derbyshire and is ranked first in the Good Schools Guide (2020). We are proud that many of our colleagues were trained via the SCITT route in our partner schools. Our staff work hard to support trainee teachers whilst making a difference to the outcomes of all the young people in our care. We are justifiably proud of our learning environment and the difference we make to disadvantaged students. We have a growing partnership of secondary schools across the local region and we take a lot of care to match you to a school and mentor where we think you will flourish.

At Landau Forte College Derby SCITT, we can recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status and, by working in partnership with the University of Derby, you will be awarded PGCE with 60 Master’s level credits.

We have a great record of achievement for those graduating into the profession and going on to achieve successful careers in education. 100% of our 2019/20 cohort completed their training and successfully gained employment, which was exceptional during a difficult lock-down period.

Interview process

It is important to take the time and care over your application to us. Whilst previous school experience is not required, we would expect you to show a passion for your subject, especially if you are applying for a subject which is not related to your degree discipline. Once you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the assessment process either online or face to face at our SCITT hub in Derby or at one of our partnership schools (COVID permitting).

We ask candidates to teach a short 15 minute lesson in your subject to a small group of students. An interview with a small panel will include some general teaching and subject specific questions which allows you to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for your subject and why you have decided to become a teacher. We want to get to know the person behind the application. You will also be expected to complete a number of other subject related tasks; a subject knowledge audit so we can review your level of subject knowledge prior to the course, a subject GCSE exam question, a literacy task based on a piece of reflective writing and a maths challenge.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Landau Forte College Derby has full disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

We will only ask questions about health that are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach. We have a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of trainees with special requirements and disabilities. Please discuss any requirements with us at any time.

As a training provider we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to fairness and equality of opportunity to all candidates and are committed to the principle that every member of the college community is entitled to equal opportunities irrespective of age, disability, race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.

Contact this training provider

01332 204040
Landau Forte College
Fox Street

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