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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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About the course

This is an excellent course where the majority of your time is spent in the main school and department area that you have applied for. Collingwood College is a very high performing school with excellent GCSE and A Level results and so you will be developed by experienced practitioners. An additional 30 days are spent at the University of Reading and there will be a five week placement in one of our partner schools.

You will have a subject mentor who will meet with you weekly to review your progress. You will also have an ITTCO who you will also meet with weekly where you will have a seminar style discussion on issues to do with pedagogy and applying the theory to the classroom.

You will be assessed against the teaching standards termly, by way of a formal lesson observation and a review of your best evidence. This is a supportive process and prepares you effectively for your NQT year.

We also arrange for you to spend some time in a Primary school and support the University’s Enrichment programme.

School placements

In most cases you will select your main school from a choice of the five in our partnership - Collingwood College, Kings International, The Bishop David Brown School, The Magna Carta School and The Winston Churchill School. Your second placement will also be from a choice of one of these and wherever possible we try to accommodate your preferences and take into account any geographical/travel issues.

At Collingwood College you will teach across KS3, KS4 and KS5. The other schools in our partnership are 11-16.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

Above all else, we are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching and working with young people. Whilst subject knowledge is important, for us we are looking for someone who is confident, dynamic and someone who can inspire young people. A sense of humour is also vital!

Fees and financial support

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

Please check the University’s website for the latest information on fees.

About the training provider

Collingwood College is Surrey Heath’s first high-performing Academy. Collingwood is one of Surrey’s largest and most successful secondary schools for students aged 11-19. We have more than 1700 students, including a Sixth Form of well over 250 and 150 teaching and support staff, all of whom are dedicated to ensuring that all our students fulfil their potential and enjoy to the full their secondary education.

As a comprehensive school specialising in Technology, we welcome students of all abilities. The College offers an outstanding range of educational and extra-curricular opportunities, which few other schools can match.

The College’s very successful OFSTED inspection in January 2017 confirmed it to be a good school with outstanding leadership and management. Collingwood’s breadth of curriculum and the quality of the Sixth Form received particular praise. Academic performance at GCSE and A Level is impressive. Our relentless focus on English and Maths ensures results at GCSE are consistently high. Able students are stretched with, on average, 20% of the cohort achieving 5 or more Grade 7-9 each year.

The diverse talents of our students supported by committed and highly experienced staff are key factors in the success of the College. All Collingwood students are offered a wide range of personal development and leadership opportunities within their curriculum.
We have a thriving Sixth Form based in a purpose-built teaching centre. The majority of our students progress into our Sixth Form and from there into higher education. We offer extensive academic and vocational programmes of study.

About the accredited body

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022).

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

We like to keep the interview process as informal as possible and we recognise that you are applying to train to teach and so we therefore do not ask you to “teach” part of a lesson as part of the process.

Instead, we ask you to come in for half a day where you will have a tour of the site, meet with the department and have an Interview with the Assistant Principal in charge of Learning and Teaching and the Head of Department. In some instances we ask for the subject leader from the University to attend as well in order to quality assure our work.

We also ask you to prepare a short presentation on an issue that will be given to you on the day. In addition you will be required to complete a written task.

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

Just as we are an inclusive secondary school, so too are we inclusive with staff and trainees. In the past we have been able to accommodate trainees who had to access the site in a wheelchair and we are very happy to accommodate where we can.

Contact this training provider

01276 457600
Collingwood College
Kingston Road
GU15 4AE

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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