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Dorset Teaching School Alliance English (36YD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will be based at the main school all year, with a placement of 6 weeks straight after Christmas.
The school will organise a timetable that gives you access to KS3-5 classes - your commitment to teaching will increase as you progress through the course. You will be assigned a mentor within your department who will work closely with you on a day-to-day basis, meeting formally with you once a week.
Alongside your lessons you will complete three assignments for the University of Winchester (for the additional PGCE part of the qualification). These are focused around behaviour management, curriculum and inclusion and diversity. You will spend 6 days throughout the year at Winchester for subject knowledge sessions with a specialist teacher, alongside fellow trainees from your own subject across the area. In addition to this you will have weekly professional learning sessions at school focusing on educational pedagogy that will support you both in the classroom and in completing your assignments. We generally keep Fridays free from lessons for training and assignment purposes. The second placement school takes place in the first half of the spring term - we will work with you individually according to preferences. Winchester will allocate you a University mentor who will visit approximately once per half term to review progress - this will include a lesson observation and a look through your teaching files.

School placements

Your main school is called your ‘formative placement’. You will spend the majority of the year at your main school. In January you will spend 6 weeks in another school - it is likely to include years 7 and 8 because Thomas Hardye is an Upper School and so KS3 experience is limited.
We will discuss your placement early on, and we are very happy to consider your own personal requests. We fully appreciate that many trainees are keen to attend schools close to home to minimise travel commitments. We have strong relationships with many local upper, secondary and middle schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You will require a degree (2:2 classification minimum) in a related subject. If the subject of your degree is not relevant you must provide evidence of other qualifications/experience that would demonstrate your ability to teach your chosen subject at secondary level. GCSE Grade C/level 4 are required in Mathematics and English.

Personal qualities

You will be enthusiastic and passionate about your subject, and be able to convey this to others through a strong work ethic and the ability to form positive working relationships with others. You will be able to articulate clearly how your skills and qualities equip you for this role, and why you would like to train with us.

Other requirements

We would like you to have completed a minimum of 10 days work experience in schools (any phase) prior to starting your ITT programme - this does not have to be completed prior to applying.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Dorset Teaching School Alliance ITT partnership is designed and led by outstanding school practitioners, giving our trainee teachers practical training, support and advice, combined with classroom experience in a range of schools.

We are based at The Thomas Hardye School, an outstanding school which is committed to maximising the potential of every young person through inspirational teaching.

As a training provider we are committed to the following:

  • Ensuring a comprehensive network of support for trainees – we recognise the challenges that our trainees face and we place great emphasis on support provided both within and outside of the classroom.

  • Offering high quality training and development sessions – our weekly training sessions are delivered by expert practitioners across a wide range of topics. We also run regular reflective sessions whereby trainees can share their experiences in a coaching environment.

  • Ensuring a rich experience for trainees across the age range with partner schools – we work closely with a large number of local schools across all phases in both mainstream and special schools. In addition our trainees enjoy the challenge of working with Year 12 and 13 students in the highly regarded Thomas Hardye sixth-form

  • Developing a culture of reflection and continuous development for sustained learning beyond the first year – our trainees benefit hugely from the wide range of CPD opportunities available to all staff, and they are very well prepared for their NQT year.

About the accredited body

We work in conjunction with the University of Winchester which is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for their ITT programmes.

The latest inspection in 2018 praised the University for ‘producing highly professional, confident, enthusiastic teachers, who demonstrate exceptionally high levels of personal and professional conduct and have demanding expectations of themselves and of their pupils’ learning and behaviour’.

Our trainees will develop close relationships with their University tutors, receiving high levels of individual support and direction, including regular subject knowledge days with other trainees from across their partnership.

Interview process

Well done - you have been invited for interview!!

The interview panel will include the subject leader/Head of Curriculum Area, ITEC and a representative from the University of Winchester ITE Partnership. The day will include:

  • A tour of the school
  • A short written task (30 minutes)
  • Delivery of a lesson ‘episode’ (you will be given information prior to the day)
  • Observations in the classroom
  • A more formal interview

When invited to interview you will be asked to bring along some paperwork, including proof of address, proof of eligibility to work in the UK and examination certificates.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are able to provide extensive individual support to candidates with disabilities and other needs. As a relatively small training provider we pride ourselves on the quality of our provision which really is geared towards individual needs. Examples of support on offer include:

  • Specialist software to assist trainees with specific learning difficulties/conditions
  • Fully accessible school sites for those with physical disabilities
  • Access to a range of counselling services to support trainees with mental health conditions
  • One-to-one support outside of subject areas to support trainees experiencing emotional/social difficulties

Contact this training provider

Thomas Hardye School
Queen's Avenue

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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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