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Heronsgate Primary School Primary (247L)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk/teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

This modular programme runs for one year and is available to high quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The tuition fee programme offers:

  • full-time school-based training with University of Greenwich
  • placement in two Good or Outstanding local schools from the Heronsgate hub
  • approximately 20 weeks in school with remaining time at university
  • visits by your own personal tutor
  • choice to specialise in EYFS, KS1 or KS2
  • support by mentors and experienced teachers

School placements


There will be two teaching practices during your training year- an initial placement from November to February and a final placement from April to June. These will be in consecutive phases i.e. EYFS and KS1. 
 Trainees will normally be placed in two of the following Greenwich primary schools: Heronsgate, Ealdham, Bishop John Robinson, Plumcroft, James Wolfe or Wyborne.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

The University will accept equivalency tests from: https://astarequivalency.co.uk or https://www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a passion for learning
  • have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of children in our local area
  • can make a unique and positive contribution to the community
  • have an excellent ability to communicate with children and adults
  • possess excellent self organisational skills and ICT skills
  • have good written and spoken English

Other requirements

The University will ask you to fill out an occupational health screening and DBS check before commencing the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training. We host a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich. This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer the School Direct tuition-fee funded route into teaching.

Heronsgate are also now working with Royal Borough of Greenwich Apprenticeships Plus and the University of Greenwich to offer postgraduate teaching apprenticeships.

With our outcomes for children and young people improving each year, Royal Greenwich is a great place to grow up, work and visit. We know teachers can transform lives and whatever their background, we want every child, living in this Royal Borough in a fantastic capital city, to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities available on their doorstep. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career-long training opportunities.

About the accredited body

University of Greenwich programmes equip students with skills, knowledge and understanding to enter the profession with enthusiasm, confidence and the ability to motivate and inspire young learners.

The University has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus.  The University’s lecturers are all experienced classroom practitioners with an enviable record of success in teacher training.

In 2017, the University was rated Ofsted Outstanding for its Primary Partnership programme. The report said: “The extremely strong relationship between the university and its partner schools ensures that there is a shared vision for future developments.”

Interview process

The interview process is in two stages:

The first stage will involve an English task. The second stage will involve an interview with a panel.

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 disabled people and are committed to helping disabled trainees succeed. Advice and guidance is based on your individual needs and long-term medical conditions.

Our courses aim to remove all unnecessary barriers for trainees from recruitment, induction and throughout courses, trainees are encouraged to inform us of their needs and discuss any concerns so that reasonable adjustment can be put in place to ensure equality of access to learning and assessment.

All placements offer mentor support. Trainees employed in Royal Greenwich schools can access RBG staff support and can also access support through their university.

Contact this training provider

Email
ea@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk
Telephone
020 8317 0809
Website
https://www.heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk/teacher-training
Address
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
London
London
SE28 0EA

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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