Hales Valley Teaching Hub Primary (D658)

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

Accredited body
Haybridge Alliance SCITT
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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.hvts.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

The course will begin in September 2022 and last for one academic year with a trainees time being divided between school based placements (approximately 80%) and structured training days (approximately 20%) which will take place at either Hales Valley Teaching Hub or at one of our partner organisations (Haybridge Teaching School Alliance) and focus upon key educational theory and practice.

On the 44 week programme a trainee’s time is divided between Teaching Experiences and structured training sessions looking at subject delivery and wider professional issues. The teaching commitment will build up over the year: 30-40% in the Autumn term, 50% in the Spring and 75% in the Summer term. During the course trainees will be supported by their school-based practitioner who will be a good or outstanding teacher and leader within the school.

Trainees will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the teaching experiences, a range of tasks linked to Hales Valley/partnership workshops as well as three formal assignments that focus on key areas of teaching and learning.

School placements

SCITT is a school-led training course which gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, highly-skilled colleagues and you immediately put your new skills into practice. You spend on average 80% of the week in one of our 20 primary partnership schools teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1. We have worked very closely with our partnership schools over the last nine years and have excellent relationships with them. They share our ethos, understanding the importance and value of school led teacher training. You will have two school experiences throughout the year ensuring you gain experience in both Early Years and Key Stage 1 enabling you to teach 3-7 year olds. You spend your first and last school experience in the same class, in the same school. Your second school placement is in different school ensuring you gain a wider experience in your training. You also spend time in Key Stage 2 in order to gain further experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Other requirements

Successful candidates will be required to carry out an enhanced DBS check before commencing the programme.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Once individuals have accepted a place, they can then make applications for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, to cover the cost of their training.

About the training provider

School Direct and SCITT courses are school-led training which gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one learning from experienced, highly-skilled colleagues and immediately put your new skills into practice.

Here at Hales Valley Teaching Hub, we offer three different routes into teacher training.

The first route we offer which are validated by the University of Birmingham are:-

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7), 60 Masters level credits and QTS. You choose your specialism 3-7 or 5-11 year olds.

The second and third route we offer is in partnership with Haybridge School Centred Based Initial Teacher Training is:-

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7), 60 Masters level credits and QTS.
  • Primary (3 - 7 year old) Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7), 60 Masters level credits and QTS.

Why choose Hales Valley Teaching Hub?

  • Excellent support and bespoke provision to meet the individual needs of our trainees.
  • 22 primary partnership schools.
  • 100% pass rate at good or above and 100% employment rate once qualified since we began offering the programme.
  • Experienced Hales Valley mentor designated to each trainee throughout the year.

For more information on one of our three courses, please email hpickles1@lutley.dudley.sch.uk or bhale@lutley.dudley.sch.uk

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

Hales Valley Teaching Hub strives to be an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability, mental health or learning support needs, we’re here to help make sure you that you can access appropriate support to take advantage of the School Direct and SCITT experience.

How we support our teacher trainees depends on your condition and other circumstances. Support is individual and personalised to you and responsive to how your needs may change throughout your time with us.

Contact this training provider

Email
hpickles1@lutley.dudley.sch.uk
Telephone
01384 818220
Website
http://www.hvts.org.uk
Address
Lutley Primary School
Brookwillow Road
Halesowen
West Midlands
B63 1BU

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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