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Valentines High School Mathematics (2MT9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of East London
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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

Good Honours degree (2:1 or above) from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification from abroad.

GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Alternatively, we will accept equivalency tests from only in the above subjects.

Please note that the science equivalency test MUST be in combined science. All equivalency tests must be passed by 1st September 2019. QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be passed before 1st September 2019 or you will not be able to commence on the programme.

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 2021 to 2022 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.

About the accredited body

The University of East London is based in Stratford and is an internationally respected teacher training institution with high student satisfaction ratings.

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

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

Cranbrook Road
Gants Hill

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021