Valentines High School Business Studies (2MT3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London
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
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.valentines-sch.org.uk/school-direct

Contents

About the course

The School Direct Programme is designed to ensure that the trainee has a diverse school based experience that allows them to develop their skills in school based settings. You will be placed in schools within the Teaching School Alliance for your main and second placements.

As part of the SD programme you will join a highly successful secondary PGCE course at a leading London university and have full access to the University’s facilities. During the PGCE you will work with national and international experts in secondary education and in the teaching of your subject, and draw on the results of research studies in education. Successfully completing all aspects of the course will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M level credits that may be used towards a subsequent master’s degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

School placements

For the majority of your time with us you will be in school for four days a week with a day spent at university. You will be assigned an experienced mentor in school who will support you by meeting with you weekly, by observing lessons, by drawing up a suitable timetable that will develop your skills and broaden your experience. You will be placed in a school within the Teaching School Alliance for your main placement. In addition to the main placement you will also be placed in a second school in the Spring term. This will enable you to experience a different environment and work with different pupils. We aim to ensure that student teachers have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 range at some point within their two placements. You will have the opportunity to spend a day or a short placement at a special school to learn about behaviour management strategies with more challenging students.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 5 (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.

The equivalence of all overseas degrees is verified by UCL according to their requirements. This is in addition to any assessment of equivalence by NARIC. Applicants who do not hold the relevant GCSEs will need to demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing tests with either of the following testing organisations:-

http://www.equivalencytesting.com https://astarequivalency.co.uk

UCL requires **at least grade 5** and does not accept equivalency tests from any other testing organisations.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the following qualities and attributes:

  • enjoyment of your subject and the ability to communicate this to young people to stimulate interest in lessons and promote learning

  • the capacity to be reflective and evaluate your teaching and students’ learning

  • adaptability and the ability to work under pressure

  • good inter-personal and team working skills

  • good attendance, punctuality and professionalism

  • good spoken and written English

  • previous experience of working with children and young people

  • familiarity with recent educational developments and trends

Other requirements

Please ensure you have at least observed lessons in secondary schools before interview.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

As a Teaching School and Leading Edge School, Valentines High School places quality professional development at the centre of its work. We were among the first ten schools in London to be awarded the Pan London Quality Mark for CPD, achieving the highest ‘Gold’ Level for the quality of our work. We were also one of the first 100 Teaching Schools. Valentines is an “outstanding” school with GCSE results consistently in the top 5% of national schools for progress. We lead an alliance of high performing, welcoming and highly successful schools in East London, all of whom have considerable experience in developing the skills of trainee teachers across a range of initial teacher training programmes. Our partnership of schools comprises a range of primary and secondary schools including a faith school. They are conveniently located, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences. We work with a range of leading London universities and all our School Direct programmes lead to PGCE qualifications.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by two members of the Valentines Teaching School team.

The interview process may include some or all of the following activities:

Subject knowledge activity

Delivery of a half hour teaching activity to students

Written task

Interview by panel

You may be asked to attend a follow up interview at the partner university

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 are an equal opportunities employer, and we seek to accommodate all needs. Please contact us if you would like to discuss arrangements.

Contact this training provider

Email
swo@valentines-sch.org.uk
Telephone
02085543608
Website
https://www.valentines-sch.org.uk/school-direct
Address
Cranbrook Road
Gants Hill
Ilford
IG26HX

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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