South East Learning Alliance English (2V4R)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://tct-academies.org/train-to-teach/

Contents

About the course

The School Direct package offered by the South East Learning Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting located across ten highly different, but successful schools. The Alliance comprises of four comprehensive secondary schools and six primary schools, all of whom are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well-trained teachers of the future. The South East Learning Alliance is very proud of the bespoke and personal training opportunities we offer our students, which we believe is paramount to successfully completing your teacher-training.

  • Trainees spend approximately 80% of their training in schools; across two diverse placements - ensuring our teachers graduate with the confidence to teach in any educational setting

  • The remaining 20% is spent at University; embarking on an academically rigorous study of pedagogy and education, which is assessed through the completion of three written assignments

  • In addition to the written assignments; trainees will also be assessed on their classroom practice; their ability to meet the Teaching Standards; their interactions with students and ability to plan and deliver high quality lessons

The in-school training students receive is complimented by our partner University, where the learning is subject-specific and helps to fully prepare you for delivery of the National Curriculum. Further details about the individual subject courses and programme of study can be found here: [https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/pgce-secondary-english-specialism/]

School placements

With our School Direct programme, you get practical, hands-on experience in two contrasting placement schools. The majority of your training will take place in your host school, where you will be fully supported by a subject specific Mentor and become a fully established member of the staffing body. This is in addition to benefiting from the wealth of expertise and experience our partner Universities offer our students, which fully compliments the training received in school.

You will also benefit from training in an alternative placement school for at least 5 weeks; where the South East Learning Alliance takes great time and care placing the trainees; ensuring the alternative setting fully supports the individual needs of each student, whilst still offering a diverse experience. All of our trainees will have an opportunity to teach across the age range.

The hands-on practice gained by completing a School Direct programme is complimented with the theoretical and academic rigour of our affiliated Universities. We offer full-time School Direct courses, which run from September – June and each course results in QTS (e-Qualitas), with many also awarding a PGCE and Master’s-level credits as well (Roehampton/Kings).

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
All Secondary schools
Honister Heights, Purley, South Croydon, Surrey, CR8 1EX
Yes
Archbishop Tenisons C of E HIgh School
Selborne Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5JQ
Yes
Riddlesdown Collegiate
Honister Heights, South Croydon, Surrey, CR8 1EX
Yes
The Quest Academy
Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 8HD
Yes
Thomas More Catholic School
Russell Hill Road, , Purley, , Surrey, , CR8 2XP
Yes
Warlingham High School
Tithe Pit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9YB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

  • Hold an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification (2:2 classification or better). Applicants should have a single subject degree in English or a joint degree in which English forms the major part. It is essential that all applicants have substantial study of literature.

  • Have achieved at least a grade C in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents).

  • Provide the details of 2 referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years; an academic reference must be provided. The other reference should be a school or employer’s reference.

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

  • A sense of humour
  • Genuine concern for others & a clear moral purpose
  • Resilient and determined
  • Integrity, trusted, honest and open
  • Approachable
  • Intellectual versatility
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Adaptable & a team-player
  • A willingness to participate in extra-curricular activities and evening events such as concerts, awards evening, extra-curricular clubs
  • A positive attitude

Other requirements

  • Observation before interview is not a requirement, however, many applicants do find observation before interview can be very helpful. Candidates should note that school placements will be in local state secondary schools, so observational experience outside of this sector might not provide an adequate understanding of the rewards and challenges presented to teachers in this sector.

  • If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests in both Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact them directly via their website [http://www.equivalencytesting.com]

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 £13,520

Students undertaking certain programmes and courses may be required to pay an additional fee to cover part or all the cost of special equipment, consumables or facilities over and above the tuition fee. Where applicable these mandatory course costs include field trips, travel costs and attendance at performances. We encourage you to check with the relevant course pages when you choose your programme of study so that you are aware of any extra costs you will incur.

About the training provider

Thank you for taking an interest in the South East Learning Alliance School Direct training programme we have been running our teacher development programme since September 2014 and therefore have a wealth of experience and expertise to fully nurture and support trainees. Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through Riddlesdown Collegiate in South London, which is an Outstanding school. We are an innovative partnership, which is continually developing its approaches to training and pedagogy. We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us.

The South East Learning Alliance is a relatively small Alliance, but we pride ourselves on ensuring personal and bespoke training opportunities for all our trainees, which is reflected in the excellent success and retention rates we have achieved over the last seven years. Our size has added to our ability to provide a full and comprehensive range of support and ensures a variety of opportunities to work across a wide plethora of demographics and institutions. Ensuring our trainees receive the right support; in the most appropriate setting possible, is at the forefront of our ethos.

About the accredited body

Roehampton has been at the forefront of education for over 100 years and has a long established reputation as one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. Members of the academic staff are at the cutting edge of research in education. The strengths of the partnership; as identified in the 2013 Ofsted inspection include:

  • the partnership’s strong reputation that helps to maintain high employment rates
  • outstanding training in subject teaching enabling trainees to apply the best practice in subject-specific pedagogy
  • the quality of training contributes to trainees’ strong professional skills.

Interview process

At interview applicants will be given the opportunity to visit one of our Alliance schools. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues; tour the facilities and to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities on offer as a result of choosing to train with the South East Learning Alliance. It also affords an opportunity for applicants to better understand the ethos and culture of the school you may be working in partnership with.

You will be expected to prepare for a formal interview panel; plan and deliver a 30-50 minute lesson; complete a subject-knowledge task and undertake a written communication task. The interview panel will consist of a subject-specialist from the host school; a representative from the South East Learning Alliance and often a University representative.

Whilst the interview process is both rigorous and robust - we have experienced great success with this practice; ensuring the right candidates progress onto the right courses - leading to excellent rates of retention.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will make every effort to support any disabilities or additional needs candidates may have. However, as we work with over 10 different partner-schools and Universities; we strongly advise you to check directly with the individual school/Higher Education Institute to discuss your needs in greater depth.

Contact this training provider

Email
schoolsdirect@riddlesdown.org
Telephone
02086685136
Website
https://tct-academies.org/train-to-teach/
Address
South East Learning Alliance
Riddlesdown Collegiate
South Croydon
Surrey
CR8 1EX

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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