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Chellaston Academy Music (36W8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will spend most of your time in your main placement school, spending (on average) every other Wednesday in University. This will coincide with the days all other students following the University of Derby School Direct programme are in. This enables you to be part of a large group of beginning teachers, exploring the underpinning principles and philosophies of, and approaches to teaching. You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. Your mentor will be supported in school by a coordinator, usually a senior member of staff. You will also be allocated a university link tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities. In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees. Assessment The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work. For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations. Practical Teaching is assessed by the university tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school-based elements of the course and your own records of such work.

School placements

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during University based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach. In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Personal qualities

All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach. In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course.
You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check and required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,695

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs. Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included. They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities. The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees. The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary. Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back. Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.

About the training provider

Derby Teaching Schools Alliance (DTSA) is a broad and inclusive alliance of schools and other partners. We are a not for profit Charitable Trust. We work together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers through the Schools Direct route. Every member of DTSA involved in Schools Direct is totally committed to giving student teachers the very best support and training.

The main advantage of applying to DTSA School Direct is that our close partnership with the University of Derby and local schools in Derby and Derbyshire offer a broad range of experiences combined with high quality academic input and access to resources. Other benefits include:

  • Beginning your teaching career in a school where career progression through ITTE, as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) are well-developed
  • Great links between schools across the Alliance from all phases allowing you to experience a range of Key Stages; Special School experience and Early Years experience
  • Local professionally facilitated networking with other DTSA School Direct students; access to a range of local curriculum forums and links with Newly Qualified Teachers training and events.

About the accredited body

With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, the University of Derby is a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands. With a strong reputation for nurturing successful and forward-thinking teachers, our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We were ranked tenth in the country for undergraduate teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout.

Interview process

The School Coordinator at the lead School screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the school you have applied for. If successful at this stage you will then be allocated a home school. This is not necessarily the lead school. When you attend a School Direct interview, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants - in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach
  • motivation and commitment to teaching all pupils
  • maturity and self confidence
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your subject During the interview you will undertake the following tasks:
  • a short presentation to students on a subject topic (details will be sent to you before the interview)
  • complete a subject knowledge audit
  • complete a self-evaluation test
  • an individual interview

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our partnership with the University of Derby means you will be joining a community committed to creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment to the benefit of all students.

Specialist services provide student-led support to enable disabled students to flourish as independent learners. Support is available from different teams depending on your need:

  • Academic Support
  • Disability Support
  • Welfare support
  • Well-Being Centre

You can meet with staff from DTSA to ensure that your individual training needs are well-met, and you will be well-supported by DTSA staff; University Link Tutors and Mentors.

Contact this training provider

07712 674 474
DTSA c/o Chellaston Academy
Swarkestone Road
DE73 5UB

Support and advice

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