Loreto School Direct Alliance History (F588)

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

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.loretogrammar.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

Our School Direct course consists of a variety of learning experiences, focused on practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participant’s knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments.

This course will be delivered in partnership with The University of Manchester, who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters level credits as a PGCE on successful completion.

School placements

You will become part of your main placement school team from September. This is earlier than University led programmes. You will receive intensive support from our experienced team of teachers and mentors from the beginning of your placement. You will build your skills through observation, reflection, and attendance at both alliance training sessions and university led sessions. This will support you in building your skill set towards teaching whole class lessons, and then onto a significant timetable by the end of the year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in history 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Our strongest applicants have undertaken some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher.

Other requirements

We recommend you check the Department of Education website at (www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching) for the latest updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,000

About the training provider

Loreto Grammar is an all-girls, high-achieving Catholic grammar school with academy status in Altrincham, in the borough of Trafford. Pupils are from the top 50% of the ability range in and beyond Trafford. The school serves pupils from the dioceses of Shrewsbury and Salford from a wide range of social backgrounds. It is an outstanding Catholic school whose values are rooted in those of its founder, Mary Ward. Her words ‘Women in time to come will do much’ provide the motto of the school. The most recent Ofsted judged our school as ‘outstandingly effective’ and noted its ‘excellent atmosphere in which girls are challenged to think and learn’. The Loreto education nurtures the whole person, recognised in Ofsted’s comment that ‘the students’ enjoyment is palpable’. The Professional Mentor has many years’ experience in leading the School Direct programme. The Subject Mentors work as a team, resulting in an excellent, well-organised and supportive programme, as is evidenced in previous trainees’ evaluations.

Interview process

All programmes include a panel interview during which we will assess your skills, knowledge, experience and passion.

The interview process takes place at our lead School Loreto Grammar School.

  • a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching
  • you will teach a short lesson to a small group of pupils
  • a subject knowledge assessment
  • identity and qualification checks (please provide photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

All offers we make after interview will be conditional on satisfactory medical clearance; clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service; validation of any declared qualification and the acquisition of any pending qualifications. Individual offers may have additional recommendations and you are advised to carefully read these

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

At Loreto Grammar School, we take pride in the inclusive and supportive nature of our learning environment: there are no barriers to learning; each student is challenged and supported to achieve her personal best; different gifts are recognised and diversity is celebrated. Loreto Grammar School aims to provide an inclusive learning environment. We currently support girls with:

  • Cognition and learning needs, such as dyslexia;
  • Communication and interaction needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Condition;
  • Sensory needs, such as hearing or sight impairments;
  • Physical disabilities;
  • Social, emotional and mental health needs, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and anxiety;
  • Medical needs which may be considered SEND due to their impact on learning and provision, such as Type 1 Diabetes.

Contact this training provider

Email
abaker@loretogrammar.co.uk
Telephone
01619283703
Website
https://www.loretogrammar.co.uk/
Address
Dunham Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA14 4AH

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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