TTTC (Thurrock Teacher Training Company) Business studies (A671)

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

Accredited body
Tes Institute
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://www.st-cleres.thurrock.sch.uk/198/teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

All of our schools have a track record with working with university PGCE providers and other ITT providers. St Clere’s has lead high quality teacher training for over 15 years which ensures that cooperation between the schools is established and remains a strength of the partnership. Each school provides a fully trained mentor for each trainee, support by a Pathway Tutor from TES institute who visits every half term to monitor progress and helps quality assure the programme. This route has provided consistent employment for trainees within the partnership on completion of their training. In 2021/22, all of the trainees had been employed before the end of the course, the majority in the schools where they had trained.

Successful applicants can choose to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or PGCE which costs a little more in fees

School placements

There are 17 schools in the partnership, including many outstanding or good features and managed by Thurrock Teacher Training. The unique blended learning programme combines the best of school based training, online learning materials, a network of experienced subject specialists to deliver pedagogy and subject knowledge and a number of off-site visits to special schools, primary schools and Leading Teacher days. Subject Knowledge enhancement is provided on-line as part of the course delivery. Several days will be spent in a local primary school to gain Key Stage 2 experience and there will be visits to a Special School of which we have two in our Alliance.
A dedicated Face to Face programme takes place each week at St Clere’s School. In the spring term, there is a 6 week second placement in a contrasting school setting usually one of the partnership schools. Some of the partnership schools have 11-18 intake and offer Key Stage 5 opportunities. All of the schools are fully comprehensive.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Brentwood County High School
Seven Arches Rd , Brentwood, essex , CM14 4JF
Yes
Gateway Academy
Marshfoot Rd, Tilbury, Essex , RM16 4LU
Yes
Grays Convent
college avenue, grays, essex, rm175UX
Yes
HATHAWAY ACADEMY
HATHAWAY ROAD, GRAYS, ESSEX, RM17 5LL
Yes
Marshalls Park Academy
Pettits Lane, Romford, Essex , RM1 4EH
Yes
ORMISTON PARK ACADEMY
NETHAN DRIVE, AVELEY, RM15 4RU
Yes
St Clere’s School
Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0NW
Yes
Thames Park Secondary
22 New Rd, grays, essex, RM17 6NG
Yes
WILLIAM EDWARDS SCHOOL
STIFFORD CLAYS ROAD, GRAYS, ESSEX, RM16 3NJ
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in business studies 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.

Fees and financial support

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

£9250 for the PGCE and £8625 for Qualified Teacher Status only.

About the training provider

St Clere’s has been a very successful Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider since 2004 and has an excellent success record that has enabled many candidates to successfully complete the ITT programme with the majority of trainees being good or outstanding. A large number of these trainees have been employed by their school and have gone on to start our Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)programme.

School Direct offers both a fee-funded and a salaried path. The salaried path is an employment-based route for high quality graduates who will be employed as an unqualified teacher for the duration of their training and receive a salary. The salary is expected to reflect subject priorities with Physics, Maths, Chemistry, MFL and Computing attracting the higher salaries. Other subjects which would attract a bursary are listed on the School Direct website below.

As well as a degree all ITT applicants must have English and Mathematics at GCSE Grade C or above (as well a grade C or above for Science for Primary Education trainees).

Getting classroom experience will help you decide whether teaching is right for you. We encourage applicants to visit our partnership schools to gain classroom experience. The experience will support your application but we must state that school experience is not essential and that we do welcome applications from all interested candidates.

Interview process

You will be trained in schools which have finely developed systems in place to nurture development of the whole teacher and equip that trainee teacher with the ‘tools of the trade’. St Clere’s will place you in one of our partnership schools. Each successful trainee is placed in a school for the majority of the placement and the training will be provided by expert practitioners.
During the interview process you will be asked to deliver an activity to a small group of pupils as well as a formal interview and a written English and numeracy task.

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

TES Institute and St Clere’s are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies.

TES Institute will:

  • Encourage applications from people with disabilities

  • Seek to provide information in suitable formats

  • Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential and suitability to train to teach

  • Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated

  • Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable

  • Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants

  • Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required

  • Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed

  • Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students

  • Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies

  • Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required

Contact this training provider

Email
thurrockteachertraining@osborne.coop
Telephone
01375641001
Website
https://www.st-cleres.thurrock.sch.uk/198/teacher-training
Address
Butts Lane
Stanford Le Hope
Thurrock
Essex
SS17 0NW

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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