Loughborough Learning Alliance Computing (AW61)

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

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
http://loughboroughlearningalliance.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

  • 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 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.

School placements

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

  • We organise 2 Secondary school placements to give you a range of experience over the year across Key Stage 3 - Key Stage 5.

  • You will be based for 4 days per week in your placement school, and the other day is spent at either Ashmount School or the University of Derby undertaking core training.

  • Key training is led by experienced and specialist leaders, including University staff, Headteachers, SLEs and successful teachers.

  • You will also spend 1 week in a SEND placement and 1 week in a Primary School.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in computing 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

If you have the motivation, commitment, resilience and ability to inspire a love of learning, then this is the course for you.

Other requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.

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

If you are successful, you will be invited to interview at Ashmount School in Loughborough.

You will be interviewed by the Learning Alliance Manager and another Senior Leader (i.e. Headteacher from a Member School).

There will be some activities to complete on the day but we will advise you what we would like you to prepare prior to your interview.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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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