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Prendergast School Geography (HK22)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
King’s College London (University of London)
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
5 December 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.prendergast-school.com
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Contents

Course summary

The PGCE Geography at King’s prepares trainees to become thoughtful, creative and engaging teachers, through understanding both the research which underpins and advances Geography teaching. This is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience. One will be based at Prendergast school and the other will be based in another secondary schools in Lewisham. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school.

PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. One reason is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014

For further details about assessment, go to: KCL.ac.uk

School placements

You will complete two blocks of teaching experience. The first is for 4 days a week and lasts for 15 weeks (October - January) and the second is for 5 days a week and lasts for 13 weeks (February - June). One placement will be based at Prendergast School and the other will be based in another secondary school in Lewisham.

In each of your placements you will be supported by an experienced trained mentor and have the opportunity to attend in school professional study sessions.

Prendergast school is an 11-18 school so you may have the opportunity to teach post 16 students during your placement there.

Our partner schools are Prendergast Ladywell School, Prendergast Vale School and Addey and Stanhope School, Your second placement will be selected according to your individual training needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Geography 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.

Personal qualities

We will be looking for evidence that your Geography knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up to date. Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Other requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal conviction check) and Occupational Health check are required for the teacher training programmes. There is a fee of £46.55 for the DBS check

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 £21,000

Financial support from the training provider

King’s will automatically assess your eligibility for a bursary when a place on a PGCE course is offered. King’s will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course

About the training provider

Prendergast School and King’s College London are both recognised by OFSTED as outstanding providers. Training within a consortium of other Lewisham and Prendergast Federation schools you will have excellent career opportunities in education. To enhance your school direct experience Prendergast School is the lead, providing in school training to support your learning on Kings PGCE course.

Interview process

Before you can be offered a place on a the School Direct PGCE programme, you will need to attend an in-person interview at King’s College, usually within 40 days of your application submission date. You will also be invited to attend an interview at Prendergast School with the Head of ITT and the Head of Faculty.

Please ensure that you will be able to attend an interview during this time and are able to keep a full day free. Further information on PGCE interviews can be found on the UCAS website.

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 applicants with disabilities and have a track record of providing strong mentoring to support trainees with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

Email
j.white@prendergast-school.com
Telephone
02086903710
Website
http://www.prendergast-school.com
Address
Prendergast School
Adelaide Avenue
London
SE4 1LE

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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