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The Compton School Music (3DQS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.thecompton.org.uk/828/teacher-training-the-compton-scitt-partnership
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Contents

Course summary

The course is based providing classroom based, practical training and underpinned by training sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), accredited by UCL, University College London. “UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.” All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

All trainees become part of teaching staff from day one and spend a greater amount of time in school completing their training. You will join the School Direct training programme at UCL IOE and have full access to their academic and social facilities. The programme involves attending a programme of lectures and workshops at the IOE for approximately fifteen days spread across the year. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will help create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to schools and guidance with assignments. However, most of your training will take place in the school setting, focusing on your needs and the needs of each specific school.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Please see The Compton School website to view the schools and subjects on offer across our alliance this year. You can express a preference for a placement school in the alliance and we will very much try to meet your request.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training-programmes/music-pgce

School placements

You will join the School Direct programme at UCL IOE and have full access to their academic and social facilities. The programme involves attending a programme of lectures and workshops at the IOE for approximately fifteen days spread across the year. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will help create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to schools and guidance with assignments. However, most of your training will take place in the school setting, focusing on your needs and the needs of each specific school.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Training will be delivered by expert teachers within the alliance of schools. This will be enhanced by attendance at UCL IOE at certain times throughout the year. As well as completing your main placement in one of the schools in the alliance, you will also have the opportunity to teach in another partner school to enhance and broaden your experiences as a trainee.

All partner schools are graded either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Partner schools are based locally to The Compton School in North London and are easily accessible by public transport. All partner schools have experienced subject mentors and professional tutors who are committed to high expectations of the SCITT Partnership. Compton SCITT trainees enjoy being part of a vibrant professional community across all partnership schools.

Trainees will be awarded Secondary QTS (11-16) however, all partner schools ensure trainees have the opportunity to teach A-Level classes in preparation for their ECT years.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in Music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 5 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Applicants who do not hold the relevant GCSEs will need to demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing tests with either of the following testing organisations and achieving at least a grade 5.

http://www.equivalencytesting.com

https://astarequivalency.co.uk

Personal qualities

Applicants must provide evidence of an interest in working with young people, possess high quality communication skills. Speak fluently, clearly and grammatically. Be able to think analytically and possess personal qualities such as warmth, enthusiasm, self-motivation and resilience.

Other requirements

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Compton School is the ‘Lead School’ for a range of excellent Primary and Secondary schools in North London. As a lead school, The Compton School work with The Compton SCITT and UCL Institute of Education to offer a full range of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses.

The continuing professional development of staff has been at the heart of our sustained success as an Ofsted graded Outstanding School (2018). We have an excellent track record in training, retaining and developing staff as outstanding classroom practitioners, middle and senior leaders.

Our trainee teachers train alongside The Compton School’s outstanding staff all year before qualifying as teachers. Senior teachers from The Compton School and across the partnership, who are working on national programmes of education and regularly training teachers from across the UK, deliver first class training in school each week. This ensures our trainee teachers are receiving the best and most current education and theory practice.

Our strap line states that “trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.”

We believe that our school based route to qualified teacher status will offer you an in-depth opportunity to work in a systematic, sustained way alongside outstanding teachers.

Above all, we are committed to delivering a first class “hands on” training programme that will provide you with the foundations for an outstanding career in teaching.

Interview process

Applicants will be invited for interview on the basis of information provided on their application form. Candidates will be interviewed at the school selected on their application.

The interview will typically involve a half-day at the school. This will include a 20 minute lesson observation and a numeracy and literacy assessment. Candidates will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age range you will be teaching.

Candidates will be observed teaching by a member of senior staff and a subject specialist. If successful in the first part of the interview candidates will then be invited to the final panel interview including the Headteacher.

The interview process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

If you are successful at the school interview you will be invited to a second-stage interview at UCL Institute of Education. At your interview day you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a self-guided campus tour.

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

All candidates regardless of disability are welcome to apply to The Compton School. Any access or special provisions will be catered for on a case-by-case basis.

Contact this training provider

Email
stuart.merritt@thecompton.org.uk
Telephone
0208 368 1783
Website
http://www.thecompton.org.uk/828/teacher-training-the-compton-scitt-partnership
Address
The Compton School
Summers Lane
North Finchley
London
N12 0QG

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).

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