Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust History (36XR)

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

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://gfmat.org/

Contents

Course summary

The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 11-16 and is structured around a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

You will undertake studies in all elements of secondary education; extend your knowledge of teaching and learning, as well as the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

Bay House School & Sixth Form is the lead school for Initial Teacher Training within the GFM. Trainees focus on the 11-16 age range, with opportunities to observe and facilitate KS2 and KS5 learning throughout the course.

The Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust also includes Brune Park Community School, an 11-16 school also within Gosport, Gomer Junior and Rowner Junior, primary schools within Gosport and Lord Wilson School, a specialist secondary provision on the outskirts of Fareham. This diversity offers a broad spectrum of experiences.

In addition to this, we partner with other schools in the area, to share resources and offer placements, allowing our trainees to gather an even wider and more diverse experience of a variety of schools.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bay House School and Sixth Form
Bay House School, Gomer Lane, Alverstoke, Gosport, PO12 2QP
Yes
Brune Park Community School
Military Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 3BU
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in history 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.

We work to the requirements of the University of Winchester.

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements and an awareness of current educational issues in an application.

Prior experience in a school is not essential, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining an insight into the classroom setting. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check.

If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,700

At time of publication, the tuition fees for September 2021 entry are £9,250 for UK and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) students. The tuition fee for International students is £14,700.

Please contact (studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk) in the autumn for confirmation of the fee. As the GFM Academy Trust work in partnership with the University of Winchester, you will not be employed by the school during your training year, so will be required to pay the fees specified by the University.

To see if you are eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships, please consult the DfE Get into Teaching website.

About the training provider

The Gosport & Fareham Multi-Academy Trust has a dedicated and experienced ITT team, through which we provide an exceptional standard (as recognised by Ofsted) of school-based Initial Teacher Training through a stimulating and supportive environment. Trainees are supported to become reflective, enthusiastic and knowledgeable practitioners; ready to enhance the learning of young people. An allocated mentor will work with you on a daily basis to develop the qualities needed to meet the Teacher Standards and support your passion to become an outstanding practitioner. A continuous programme of professional learning is part of a package of personal and professional support, tailored specifically to meet your individual needs. Our expectations are for high calibre trainees who are excited by our learning ethos and who feel that they could make a positive contribution to enhancing our offer to pupils. We welcome applications from ambitious trainees who are enthusiastic about training to teach, who are creative, imaginative and forward thinking, with high aspirations for learners. You need to be patient, resilient and adaptable, with good interpersonal skills, but also be approachable and passionate about your subject.

About the accredited body

The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential in a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires, in a beautiful, historic cathedral city. The city of Winchester has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture, so whether living here or commuting, there is plenty to enjoy in the city and surrounding area.

Interview process

If your DfE Apply application is selected, you will be contacted and invited to an interview. As part of the interview, candidates are normally expected to teach 30 minutes of a lesson. Candidates will be expected to submit a lesson plan for a teaching episode in order to demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge. In addition, all candidates will need to complete a written English task and a Maths skills test.

Candidates will then have the opportunity to participate in an interview (about half an hour) with the Initial Teacher Training Manager and the Department Lead. Under normal circumstances, candidates will also be offered an optional tour of the school. The interview process is complete within a half day.

Candidates will be notified of the interview decision via personal contact from the Initial Teacher Training Manager and the DfE Apply notification procedure.

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

Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs. The GFM have a culture of supporting you to ensure you are able to thrive in a school environment through our mentoring scheme and the continuous nurture of the Initial Teacher Training team.

Contact this training provider

Email
itt@gfmat.org
Telephone
02392505205
Website
https://gfmat.org/
Address
Bay House School
Gomer Lane
Alverstoke
Gosport
PO12 2QP

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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