Thinking Horizons (TSAT) Physics (R427)

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

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
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
September 2023
Website
https://www.kmtraining.org.uk/

Contents

Course summary

The training year begins at the beginning of the academic year through to middle of June the following year enabling you to take up employment from 1st July to schools that offer it.

This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based learning in a school to academic training on either generic “Professional Studies” lectures at a local KMT hub-training centre or “Subject Studies” training with the other Physics trainees at various locations across the partnership. The school that you are accepted to train in becomes your home school. Except for a short 6 week placement at a contrasting B placement school in the Spring term, you will remain at your home school for the duration of the course.

Your studies gradually build from observing teachers and lessons to working with your mentor starting with joint planning and teaching until by the end of the course, you are planning and teaching solo, 60% of a full timetable. At all times, there will be the classroom teacher available to support you nearby.

You will gain experience of parents evenings, clubs and many other after school events that make up the life of a teacher. The course focuses on the teaching and learning of KS3 and KS4 students and you will be assessed on your teaching of classes from these key stages. However, because of Kent and Medway’s unique education system, where possible, you will also be given the opportunity to experience KS5 teaching.

To aid your development, you will have one formal lesson observation and one dedicated mentor meeting each week. This is where you sit with your school mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. Their work is enhanced further by subject specialist KMT Lead Mentors and Course Directors who further oversee and support all aspects of your studies.

Throughout the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progress towards meeting the “Teachers’ Standards.” by the end of the course. Academic research is through the completion of Reflective, Practical essays and Evaluations and these are spread across the academic year.

In addition, for those wishing to top up their qualification to PGCE, you will have other assignment to complete at various times through the year as published by the University of Leeds Beckett. This course is delivered through a distance-learning package and training will take place in your local hub- training centre.

School placements

All applicants have the opportunity at application, to apply for the school of their choice. If appointed, that school becomes the trainee’s “home” school and is responsible for the majority of the training; subject to the course requirements and quality assurance of the accrediting provider, Kent and Medway Training (KMT). The training year is split into three placements: The course follows a core curriculum model that is supported by specific subject training.

  • Placement A is at your home school and runs from the beginning of the academic year until the end of January. You are in school for four days a week learning how to teach your subject through a mixture of practical classroom experience and school-led training sessions. Thursdays are your KMT academic days where you will have either Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists. We have a blended approach from face to face sessions to purely on-line.

  • Placement B is at a contrasting school. For example, if your home school is a non-selective school, you B-placement could be a Grammar school. Where possible, your B-placement school will be discussed with you in advance and you will be placed in the local Medway or Maidstone area. The placements runs from February to Easter where you continue to improve your teaching skills through teaching classes to school-led training sessions. Thursdays remain your KMT academic days.

  • Placement A2 is back at your home school where you remain from Easter until the completion of your course in June. You will be in school for the full 5-day week. Thursday Professional and Subjects studies will continue as evening, twilight sessions preparing you for your Early Careers Teacher years.

Throughout the course you will be assessed through lesson observation, assessments and the completion of an online portfolio to ensure that, by the end of the course, you have met the Teacher Standards’. Our assessments are then externally moderated and assuming all goes well, your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is confirmed and celebrated at a local hub- centred Awards Evening.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Goodwin Academy
Hamilton Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9BD
Yes
The Rochester Grammar School
Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3BY
Yes
The Victory Academy
Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 5JB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

you must have a UK honours degree or a statement of comparability from ENIC should you hold overseas qualifications.

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

Your degree subject should be in physics 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.

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. Externally sat equivalency tests must be recognised as the full equivalent of GCSE English Language, Mathematics. We also provide access to tests but, in the most case, these equivalencies will only be acceptable for courses run by our partner provider; Kent and Medway Training. They are not transferable to an alternative provider.

Personal qualities

  • Strong and dedicated professionals
  • Resilient
  • Proactive and creative
  • Open to feedback and guidance
  • Passionate about developing pupil learning and well being
  • Strong in their subject knowledge
  • Positive in their communication skills
  • Genuinely aiming to become an outstanding practitioner
  • Enjoy working with children and young adults

Other requirements

Before the course begins but definitely not necessarily at application, it is advisable to have:-

  • at least 10 experience days in a secondary school or academy
  • at least 2 experience days in a primary school or academy

and all will require a:-

  • DBS check
  • Health check declaration
  • Work History

It is useful to attend a school experience day before application so that you can get a feel for the chosen school and what it can offer as a training placement.

PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are subject to any future COVID restrictions.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,495.

The fee of £7,495 is the cost for all trainees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only. This fee is payable by all non-salaried trainees but payable by the home school for salaried trainees.

For those wishing to “top up” their qualification to the full Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1650* will be payable to the University of Leeds Beckett who are our PGCE accredited body. This fee is payable by both salaried and non-salaried trainees.

  • This is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Financial support from the training provider

Find out about any financial support in terms of tax-free bursaries, tuition-fee loans or maintenance loans at the Get Into Teaching Website: [Get Into Teaching] (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training

About the training provider

Thinking Horizons (TSAT) comprises schools and academies from Primary to Secondary level. Thinking Horizons (TSAT) co-ordinate the recruitment of trainee teachers onto suitable SCHOOL DIRECT teacher training programmes for our partner schools. For our partner schools these include high achieving grammar along with a range of non selective and primary schools working under the TSAT Academy structure. We offer a range of specialist secondary teacher-training courses alongside primary in a variety of school settings that will equip the successful trainee with the skills to be able to confidently teach anywhere in the country. Our unique position in Kent means that, where possible, trainees will experience not just Key Stage 3 and 4 GCSE training but also Key Stage 5, A -level. All of our School Direct teacher training courses are available at both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Post- Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

We have an excellent success rate with the vast majority of trainees completing the training course now employed in a school with over 90% in their home school or one of KMT’s other partnership schools or academies. All Thinking Horizons (TSAT) schools share one common goal; To train teachers to not just pass the course but in preparing them for a long and successful career.

About the accredited body

Kent and Medway Training is a Schools Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT) which has been successfully training teachers for over 25 years. Our reputation for quality of our training has seen us grow tremendously from training 30 students a year to over 260 across our Kent-wide partnership of 115 schools. KMT offer training which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and our partnership arrangement with The University of Leeds Beckett gives our trainees the opportunity to access a PGCE Top-Up qualification while they train or in the first two years of teaching. This offers Masters Level credits.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by the head of department for the subject you apply for, along with a representative from KMT.

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

We welcome applications from those with disabilities and regularly train and support students with dyslexia and mental health problems.

We, with our accreditation partners Kent and Medway Training, offer support and help with ensuring that you met the minimum standards required for Literacy and Numeracy. We teach strategies for ensuing that Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are accurate in, especially, work that is handed out to school pupils.

We have introduced a programme of support for those with mental health conditions and the programme includes that offer of free further independent advice from dedicated specialists should you need it

We are proud of the support and guidance that we give to ensure that you are able to give of your best during your training year and we provide an environment in which you can feel comfortable in seeking support should you need it.

Contact this training provider

Email
hello@thinking-horizons.com
Telephone
03333 602090
Website
https://www.kmtraining.org.uk/
Address
The Rochester Grammar School
Maidstone Road
Rochester
Kent
ME1 3BY

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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