The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership
Design and technology (X568)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://beauchampteach.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

This highly practical course enables you to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience needed to build on a degree and teach at secondary level. The course will equip you to respond effectively to the issues currently affecting schools. We place a strong emphasis on developing your individual strengths and skills within the content of the contemporary education environment. The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education; and
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained. Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry onto a Masters course. Successful completion of the PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in schools or colleges. This practical teaching is supported by University-based lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials exploring learning and teaching in your subject and in the wider context. Trainees also engage in an independent research project that draws together academic and professional practice.

Interview process

The interview day - what to expect

  • Introduction to the Design and Technology PGCE Your interviewing tutor will give a short presentation on aspects of the course. The selection process may be attended by another Institute of Education tutor, or, in some cases, a subject teacher from one of our partnership schools.
  • Group discussion As a group, we will explore a series of questions relating to aspects of design and technology education.
  • Teaching activity You will asked to prepare and deliver a short teaching activity.
  • Written tasks You will be asked to write a short response to an article on an issue schools face: this allows us be certain that you can write fluently and accurately in Standard English.
  • Individual portfolio presentation You will also be asked to bring along, up to three, examples of your practical work in an aspect of design and technology. You will be asked to use these examples to self-assess your readiness to teach in areas of the design and technology curriculum, and to answer a number of design and technology questions. This allows us to understand something of your approach to the subject.

How school placements work

School or college experience is central to the Secondary PGCE at NTU. At least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least two secondary schools or colleges. For both placements, training is planned by mentors to enable students to attain QTS. This practical teaching element is assessed on a regular basis via formal observation by a subject mentor and University tutors, enabling us to monitor each individual trainee’s progress and effectively support their development. As a School Direct partnership your placements will be in two contrasting schools within the Lionheart Academies Trust and may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations. This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.

Fees

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

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • A UK honours degree or equivalent with a 2:2 - at least 50% of which is in the subject you wish to teach or in a closely related subject.

  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent, We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via [equivalencytesting.com]. Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered.

Other requirements

  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling.

  • Two references - one academic and one vocational.

  • An interview with both the training school and NTU is part of the selection process.

About the training provider

Beauchamp College is an outstanding 11-19 school with a 6th form of over 1000 students. We have a strong tradition of supporting young people in gaining the highest GCSE and A’ Level results through high quality teaching and subject specialism.

Our educational mission is simple: ANY young person from ANY background deserves an EQUAL chance to be successful in whatever they choose to do. The trust is committed to supporting young people to open doors to their futures and to feel confident that they can thrive in a competitive world.

All schools in the partnership will be part of the same Multi-Academy Trust. The Lionheart Academies Trust seeks to develop teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development.

We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching in collaboration with an expert team.

Our Schools:

  • Beauchamp College, an 11-19 school in Oadby (Lead School)
  • The Cedars Academy, an 11-19 school in Birstall
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, an 11-16 girls’ school based in Leicester
  • Judgemeadow Community College, and 11-16 school in Evington
  • The Martin High School, an 11-19 school in Anstey
  • Beauchamp City Sixth Form, a 16-18 college in Leicester City Centre

There are 4 primary schools in The Trust:

  • Brockshill
  • Riverside
  • Hallam Fields
  • Highcliffe Academy

Find out more here: BeauchampTeach

About the accredited body

Nottingham Institute of Education at NTU is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning and development professionals. With extensive partnership links with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and academies across the East Midlands. We recognise the strength of our links with local schools and the range of specialist placements for trainee teachers, giving them access to high-quality training. We have a growing international reputation, but still retain a strong local presence: our staff work regularly with children and teachers in schools across the Midlands, helping to improve practice, raise standards, and change lives.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Definition of Disability A person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Equality Act 2010)

Reasonable Adjustments: To achieve this level playing field the concept of reasonable adjustment has been established. Please contact as at info@beauchampteach.org.uk to talk about how we can support you.

A vitally important aspect of providing a reasonable adjustment is that the dignity of individuals is paramount. This point is relevant to all of us whatever our role. Disabled people do not want favours and do not want to stand out as special cases. They simply want the same level of opportunity to achieve and to live.

In addition to support available from The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership, as a University of Leicester Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University PGCE student you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

Contact details

Email
info@beauchampteach.org.uk
Telephone
01162729100
Website
https://beauchampteach.org.uk/
Address
Ridge Way
Oadby
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE2 5TP

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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Beauchamp College
Beauchamp College, Ridgeway, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5TP
Yes -
Humphrey Perkins School
74-78 Cotes Rd , Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8JU
Yes Q
Judgemeadow Community College
Marydene Dr , Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 6HP
Yes 4
Sir Jonathan North College
183 Knighton Ln E, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 6FU
Yes 9
The Cedars Academy
Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 4GH
Yes F
The Martin High School
Link Rd , Anstey, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 7EB
Yes R

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