Loughborough Learning Alliance PE (North Charnwood Learning Partnership) (3FQW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Loughborough 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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
http://loughboroughlearningalliance.org.uk
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Contents

Course summary

  • North Charnwood Learning Partnership (NCLP) is a well-established partnership of secondary schools based in Loughborough and the surrounding area.

  • Ashmount School is the lead school for the School Direct programme and there are eight Secondary Schools in the partnership – Limehurst Academy, Castle Donington College, Charnwood College, Humphrey Perkins, Iveshead School, Maplewell Hall School, Rawlins Academy and Woodbrook Vale. In addition, we have built strong links with specialist departments in schools outside of our partnership.

  • School Direct is an innovative training programme open to enthusiastic, high quality graduates or professionals who want to be part of a school team from day one whilst working alongside outstanding practitioners.

  • You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support you while you train, depending on your degree classification and the course you’re applying for.

  • We are passionate about teacher training and at the centre of our programme is a commitment to providing the best possible education for our pupils.

  • North Charnwood Learning Partnership (NCLP) has a 100% pass rate for students on our School Direct PGCE programme.

  • We have a strong track record of training and developing excellent teachers across KS3-5 in diverse teaching practice placements.

  • Our students attend weekly professional development programme (PDP) days, held within NCLP schools and run by outstanding practitioners.

  • We work alongside University of Derby and Loughborough University (Physical Education only) to enable trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 90 Credits towards a Master’s Degree too.

  • We will support you every step of the way, with your own personal mentor and academic support from our partner Universities.

School placements

  • Training lasts for one academic year starting at the end of August.

  • You have allocated weeks that you spend at University.

  • We organise placements in 2 NCLP schools offering KS3-5 experience, with outstanding support from mentors.

  • Phase A teaching practice lasts 7 weeks and you will be required to teach between 8-10 lessons per week.

  • You will be based in a primary school for a 1 week placement.

  • Phase B teaching practice lasts 12 weeks and you will be required to teach between 13-15 lessons per week.

  • Throughout the course, students will meet regularly with other NCLP trainees on our excellent Professional Development Programme.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in physical education 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

Ability to form relationships:

Developing positive relationships with both young people and adults lies at the heart of effective teaching.

Good communication skills:

Be able to present appropriately in small and large group situations with both adults and young people, both orally and in written communication.

Commitment to learning and teaching:

Be a positive role model who makes young people’s learning the first concern. Be able to understand the position of trust which this role places them in.

Reflective qualities:

Be able to analyse and reflect upon experiences.

Awareness of contemporary issues in education:

A commitment to on-going professional development.

Other requirements

We are initially looking for evidence across a range of areas, such as:

  • Experience (paid or voluntary) in maintained schools or educational-related settings, or in wider working with children or young people

  • A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on this experience

  • An awareness of contemporary issues both generally in education and subject specific

  • Two references that substantiate performance to date and indicate potential (if you are an undergraduate please be advised that one of your referees should be able to comment on your predicted degree class)

Fees and financial support

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

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.

Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.

The University of Derby postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.

The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.

Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.

Please visit our website for more information [www.derby.ac.uk] or call our helpline on 01332 592000

About the training provider

The Loughborough Learning Alliance is a Learning Alliance based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

We provide Primary, Special Educational Needs (SEND) and Secondary Teacher Training.

We work with a number of schools to provide high quality placements and we ensure that our trainees are well supported throughout their training year (and beyond).

Interview process

  • Successful candidates are invited to interview in Loughborough.

  • The school based interview involves a group activity, a student panel, spending time in a lesson, observing and interacting with students, a presentation and an interview.

  • You will also be required to attend a University based interview.

  • Successful applicants will need to pass the QTS skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to commencing the course.

  • For an informal chat or top find out a bit more, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

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

We would encourage applicants with any specific needs to talk to us so that we can plan accordingly to meet their requirements to support and accommodate.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@ashmount.leics.sch.uk
Telephone
01509 632911
Website
http://loughboroughlearningalliance.org.uk
Address
Ashmount School
Thorpe Hill
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 4SQ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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