Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance Geography (2VTS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Portsmouth
Financial support
Bursaries and 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://ps-ta.net/
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About the course

Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory sessions and pedagogy either delivered at either the University of Portsmouth or at our dedicated alliance training centre. Typically you will be based in school four days a week and attend training on day five.

We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we host our interviews in school. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and feel part of their community before you officially start in September.

To ensure you have the best start in school we deliver pre-course training on 12 and 13 July and 31 August and 1 and 2 September 2022 before starting in school on 5 September. These training days are delivered in our dedicated training centre where you will meet fellow trainees, gain an understanding of the programme and receive the underpinning training that best prepares you for your first few days in school e.g. behaviour management, lesson observations, Teacher’s Standards etc. Our trainees say they really value these sessions.

Every trainee is allocated a mentor who is a highly-experienced teacher and will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year. Weekly mentor meetings will focus on setting short and long-term targets as well as reviewing your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. You will feel like a valued member of staff as you will attend staff meetings and school training sessions. Assessment takes place in a variety of forms e.g. weekly formal lesson observations, weekly review meetings, academic assignments and gathering evidence towards the Teachers Standards.

You will be assigned a host school for the autumn and summer term and in the spring term you will spend a minimum 6 weeks in another school to teach in another Key Stage. All school placements are discussed with you and organised by the Teaching School Alliance.

On successful completion you will achieve a PGCE with the option of 60 Masters Credits) and QTS. We are proud of our outstanding pass and employability results and in November 2018 our alliance training was graded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’.

If you want to be part of our success, then join us on your journey to teaching.

School placements

As we interview in school you will know your placement school early on. The advantage is that you will feel part of their community and can visit school before you start to meet your mentor and pupils.

We work with over 40 primary and secondary schools in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. When shortlisting for interview we select you based on your geographical area, skills and experience. The interview stage is an opportunity to select applicants who show great potential to teach.

You will spend the autumn and summer term in your host school and then in the spring term you will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in a different Key Stage or setting.

Our School Direct route has the advantage of 38 weeks in school so you experience the full academic year cycle which prepares you for your Early Career Teacher training year (ECT). You will spend four days in school and one day in training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

Please follow this link for the equivalency testing company. Cost for these will be covered by the applicant. https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident, enthusiastic, ambitious and talented graduates who are passionate about improving educational outcomes for children of all abilities. You should have some experience working with young people within the age group you wish to teach. This may be as little as a few days school experience or other work or voluntary work with young people. If you are a career changer then we know you will have many transferrable skills to share in the classroom. Most importantly you need to be a good communicator and someone who enjoys encouraging young people to learn.

Other requirements

You need to be a competent user of ICT.

Disclosure and Barring Service We have a duty to protect children and ensure that they are not put at risk. Successful completion of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS. This is free once you have enrolled.

Medical Fitness Teaching is physically and mentally demanding and there are fitness requirements set by the DfE for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Successful candidates will be sent a relevant health questionnaire to complete. Your GP may charge a fee.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,200

Some subject areas have a tax free bursary available and further information can be found at (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview)

There are three type of funding available for teacher training and depending on your circumstances you may receive all three: tax free bursary, tuition fee loan and maintenance loan and additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability.

Details of international and EU fees can be found at: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding

About the training provider

We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Provider and have been delivering excellent teacher training for the past 11 years. Our excellence in training leads to our School Direct trainees successfully passing the course and gaining employment. Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory sessions and pedagogy delivered both at our dedicated alliance training centre and, for secondary, University. Typically you will be based in school four days a week and attend training on day five. This is a full-time PGCE course; you will spend 80% of your time in local schools and 20% in training centre.
Our strong track record results in 100% of our trainees gain employment in schools. If you want to gain hands on experience then our School Direct teacher training route is for you. Our high-quality training and mentoring is at the heart of what we do. We will support you to become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner by providing excellent learning experiences matched by our support and guidance. Training in one of our alliance schools, gives you the opportunity to work with experienced teachers and mentors. We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so we host our interviews in school with senior members of staff. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and feel part of their community before you start. https://ps-ta.net/

Interview process

Your application is important to us and we will carefully consider you for interview. We host our interviews in school involving key staff throughout the process. This means that the school can select trainees who are ‘best fit’ for them.

Interview day schedule includes:Written task, group discussion, micro teach, interview and short teaching session

You will be given at least one week’s notice to prepare for your interview. We appreciate that you will feel a little nervous and we take that into account. We look for your potential to teach and how you engage with and interact with pupils. Feedback from applicants shows that they really value our interview days.

Once accepted you will be invited to our pre- course training days on July.

Selection criteria

We are looking for potential, not the finished article.

Applicant qualities:

Confident, articulate and who can communicate clearly in written and spoken English. Command the attention of young people and adults. Can demonstrate a passion for working with young people. Understand the importance of being professional and committed. Be open to learning and adaptable to changing situations.
Work collaboratively as a member of a team. A willingness to work beyond the ‘school day’. Have a good sense of humour and an ability to laugh at oneself. Be resilient and in good health. Be confident in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Have gained some school experience so you know that a school environment is for you.

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

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools on both the classroom and in shaping the wider culture. If you have a disability then that shouldn’t dissuade you from school. The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). It is helpful to let us know your requirements so we can consider your placement and any reasonable adjustments that may need to be considered. All partners within the alliance are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

Email
lynn.nicholls@ps-ta.net
Telephone
02392893702
Website
https://ps-ta.net/
Address
Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, Cowper Road
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 5LD

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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