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Inspire and Bosco Sussex Art and design (AL07)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teach SouthEast
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
8 November 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course offers you a weekly General Professional Studies (GPS) session lasting 3 hours, which is held at SJB School in Woking. In these sessions you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom. Areas of pedagogy covered within these sessions include: assessment for learning, smart marking, lesson planning, behaviour management and differentiation. Our Non-Salaried and SCITT courses are awarded with QTS and PGCE carrying 60 masters credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex). Our salaried and apprenticeship courses lead to QTS only. Alongside your General Professional Studies, all trainees receive subject specific training, which is led by one of the schools within the partnership. All subject hubs within the partnership have been chosen for their renowned reputation as training centres and outstanding levels of learning and teaching as well as results. Art subject studies gives trainees a weekly dedicated session focusing on subject related topics, preparing you to teach art both as a practical and theoretical subject to a high level within the classroom. Areas of training include: developing students’ ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures, planning an effective scheme of work and differentiation. As a Teach SouthEast trainee you would spend the majority of time in your placement school with the weekly day of training delivered by the Teach SouthEast SCITT and their partnership of schools. The PGCE (60 masters credits) is delivered by and accredited by The University of Sussex, whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Trainees have the opportunity to go to The University of Sussex on a number of occasions throughout the year to access keynote lectures and the PGCE element of the course is delivered at one of the two lead schools within the SCITT

School placements

Teach SouthEast is a growing partnership, currently consisting of over 20 schools in the SouthEast of England. Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:

  • Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee in a particular subject

  • Selecting a mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee

  • We will establish at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport

  • We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 – 40 minutes

  • We always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them. All trainees will spend the first term in their Home School. After Christmas, trainees will be given a contrasting Away School placement for the duration of the Spring term, after which they will return to their Home School. Salaried and apprenticeship trainees will only have a half term (usually 6 weeks) away placement.

All of our Initial Teacher Training courses teach the age range 11-16 with post 16 enhancement so every trainee will get an exposure to teaching Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The only exceptions to this are Business Studies, Psychology and Media Studies which cover ages 14-19 as these subjects are not taught at Key Stage 3 in our partnership of schools.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Downlands Community School
Dale Ave, Hassocks, EAST SUSSEX, BN6 8LP
Felpham Community College
Felpham Way, Bognor Regis , West Sussex , PO22 8EL
Main Site
St. Paul’s Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8GA
Ormiston Six Villages Academy
Lime Ave, Westergate, Chichester, WEST SUSSEX, PO203UE
St Oscar Romero Catholic School
Goring Street, Worthing, WEST SUSSEX, BN12 5AF
St Paul’s Catholic College
Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 8GA
St Wilfrid s Catholic School
St Wilfrid s Way, Old Horsham Road, Crawley, WEST SUSSEX, RH11 8PG
St. Philip Howard Catholic High School
Elm Grove South, Barnham, WEST SUSSEX, PO22 0EN

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Degree - 2:2 or above

  • 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalent) – Grade A*- C (new gradings 4-9) which must include Maths & English

  • If your degree is not in the subject in which you train to teach, an A-Level in a related subject is required If your degree or high school education were undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC:

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen. These personal qualities include:

  • A friendly and approachable nature

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Organisation and time management

  • A passion for your subject

  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people

  • A positive outlook and resilient nature

  • A creative and innovative approach

  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice

  • Potential leadership capabilities

  • A passion and drive for delivering first class education

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession. Prior to the start of the course, all trainees are required to pass the government literacy and numeracy skills tests for teaching.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Inspire and Bosco have strong links to a range of different schools in the Sussex region. We are committed to providing an environment for teachers to thrive whether they are at the start of their training year or whether they aspire to be headteachers.

Our partnership of schools is not geographically rooted in one area of Sussex. The lead school for Inspire is St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill and the lead school for Bosco is St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham but our partnership is made up of faith schools, state comprehensives, primary and secondary schools, a special school and also independent schools. We are geographically spread from Brighton to Chichester and Crawley to Worthing. We believe we have a responsibility to make teaching an enriching, fulfilling and manageable career.

Interview process

Once we receive your application through UCAS we will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks. The interview day will consist of:

  • A tour of the school in which the interviews are being held

  • A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes

  • An exercise on resilience

  • Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes

  • An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools

  • A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if you currently meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching, and if not, to establish how we can support you

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to support all prospective teachers to ensure that our teaching workforce reflects the communities we serve.

Contact this training provider

Inspire and Bosco Sussex
C/O St Paul's Catholic College
Jane Murray Way
Burgess Hill
RH15 8GA

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