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Postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Sheffield
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGDE with QTS

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://sheffieldtta.org/

Contents

Course summary

The Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance (STTA) was founded in 2012 and has, at its heart, outstanding schools and outstanding teaching. As one of the first teaching schools, STTA has honed best practice from our partner schools and provides an outstanding programme of teacher development for new teachers which combines the latest education theory with sustained, focused classroom led practice. Your journey will be led by outstanding practitioners who teach children every day and by experienced academics who are at the cutting edge of educational research. Year on year, our trainees achieve the very best provision and support and are amongst the highest performing in the city. We collaborate with all our educational partners and are proud of our close partnership with the University of Sheffield, ensuring you receive excellent support and provision from both an academic and practical stance.

You will have the best start to your teaching career with Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance and will benefit from a wealth of expertise within the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub to support you during teacher training and throughout your early career, induction and beyond.

When you join our course, you join a supportive family of educators, dedicated to giving our young people the very best provision and life chances we can.

School placements

As a trainee teacher, you will teach children in two contrasting school settings, this is part of DfE regulations for Initial Teacher Training but one we have always felt is important as it is the perfect introduction to our profession and its varying needs. Our job is to place you in two schools in our network of over 70 schools. The DfE ‘Find Postgraduate Teaching Training’ only allows us to list some of our schools as training locations so we have selected schools which show you the breadth of our network. Please select one of these locations but remember there are many other schools not on this list. We will do our best to place you in a school of your choice but can’t guarantee you will receive your first choice. Please discuss your preference with us at interview so we can assess your needs and how these can be met by our schools.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Ecclesfield School
Chapeltown Road, Sheffield, S35 9WD
Yes
Handsworth Grange Community Sports College
Handsworth Grange Road, Sheffield, S13 9HJ
Yes
High Storrs School
High Storrs Road, Sheffield, S11 7LH
Yes
Hope Valley College
Castleton Road, Hope, Hope Valley, S33 6SD
Yes
King Ecgberts School
Totley Brook Road, Sheffield, S17 3QU
Yes
Meadowhead School
Dyche Lane, Sheffield, S8 8BR
Yes
Sheffield
Sheffield, S1 1WB
Yes
Sheffield High School
10 Rutland Park, Sheffield, S10 2PE
Yes
Silverdale School (Lead School)
Bents Crescent, Sheffield, S11 9QH
Yes
Stocksbridge High School
Shay House Lane, Stocksbridge , Sheffield , S36 1FD
Yes
Westfield School
Eckington Road, Sheffield, S20 1HQ
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

If less than 50% of your degree is in your specialist subject you will be required to undertake an SKE course as a condition of entry.

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.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills or an equivalent qualification. Further details on equivalent qualifications can be found here.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have a passion for your subject and an understanding of the educational context in England. We also welcome applications that can demonstrate resilience, enthusiasm, and the ability to reflect. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and demonstrate your empathy and understanding when considering child development. Your application should also detail any experience you have gained in an educational setting.

Other requirements

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills or an equivalent qualification. Further details on equivalent qualifications can be found here.

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment. All Student teachers will also be required to complete Safeguarding training. Full information about how to undergo these checks will be provided once you accept your place on the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment and complete Safeguarding training. Information about how to undergo these checks will be provided once you accept your place on the course.

Additional costs to cover non-UK criminal clearance checks may be levied where necessary, and will be payable by the student. Further information can be found here

Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from school placements. However, financial support may be available to those students without a bursary, decisions are made on an individual basis.

The Geography field trip incurs costs for accommodation, travel and subsistence during the trip.

Further information about fees, funding and additional costs for the PGDE can be found here

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan to cover your fees from Student Finance England while you study. The application can be completed online here and will include a full assessment of your eligibility. If you’re from outside the UK, you may still be eligible for financial support, find out here.

About the training provider

The Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance (STTA) is led by Silverdale Secondary School (rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted) and is part of Chorus Education Trust. The alliance is part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub (SYTH) one of only 87 DfE designated national centres of excellence, supporting all schools and educational providers in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

Our 1-year School Direct courses run from September 2022 and provide comprehensive Initial Teacher Training. Places are available in an excellent and varied network of 70+ schools across Sheffield, Rotherham and the Peak District. The schools who are partnered with the Alliance offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in Primary or Secondary Phases and we also support colleagues wishing to work in special schools. As a well-established Teaching Hub, we have a strong track record of supporting our trainees through their course, into their first jobs and beyond. Now, as the training arm of the SYTH, we continue to offer professional development, advice and support throughout their career. Our destination data is very positive with between 80-100% securing their first teaching post during or shortly after completion of the course. Find out more at www.sheffieldtta.org

About the accredited body

The University of Sheffield has a long-standing reputation in Initial Teacher Education (ITE); we’ve been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years.

Students will develop the skills to become transformative teachers who make a positive impact on the outcomes of pupils and have the capacity to become future leaders in the profession.

The University of Sheffield is a world top-100 university (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2022). As a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence.

Interview process

Our interview process is designed to bring out the best in our future colleagues and allow us to assess your potential to be a great teacher. On the day, we ask you to prepare a short teaching task on a topic related to your subject specialism, take part in a discussion with our panel and complete some written work. Full details about the process will be communicated prior to your interview. We contact all our successful applicants quickly to make conditional offers. Once you have accepted our offer, we have a full programme of support to guide you towards your first day in school. Come and join a fantastic teacher training alliance with an outstanding track record.

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

As a training provider we will do everything we can to meet your needs. We work in full partnership with Sheffield Hallam University or The University of Sheffield where you are a fully enrolled student with access to all of their facilities. If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties or mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies with the university.

As a student with Sheffield Hallam University you will have access to an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments, they also run daily drop in sessions - no appointment needed. Further information can be found here

As a student at The University of Sheffield you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available here

Additionally, we work closely with all our school partners to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@sheffieldtta.org
Telephone
01142357980
Website
https://sheffieldtta.org/
Address
Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance, Silverdale School
Bents Crescent
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S11 9QH

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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