St Mary’s College Music (29G5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Hull SCITT
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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.schooldirecthull.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

This secondary teacher training programme provides an ideal balance of school-based experience with professional and subject-specific training. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option to complete a Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Hull.

You will be fully integrated into the Music department at your host schools where you will learn from experienced mentors and other host teachers. You will receive training in how to teach across the 11-16 age range, including techniques for managing classroom behaviour and ensuring pupils of all abilities and needs can learn and make good progress. You will be trained in all aspects of Music teaching including how to use current music software effectively, and how to develop students’ skills in listening, performance and composition.

You will not be “thrown in at the deep end”. Instead the course has a carefully phased approach which allows you to begin by observing lessons and participate in team-teaching before teaching full lessons. Typically, you would progress to teaching about 6 hours a week by Christmas, and 14 hours by July, as well as taking on increasing responsibility for form time and PSCHE. This helps to build your confidence within a manageable timetable so that, by the end of the course, you are able to make a smooth transition to the timetable expected in your first teaching year.

Each week you will receive high quality one-to-one mentoring from a subject specialist as well as core Professional Studies training delivered by Specialist leaders in Education (SLEs). There are also regular Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (SKAP) training sessions, and university-led tuition to support your PGCE assignments.

As well as your two main placements, we also arrange visits for you to spend time in a Primary school, Special School and Free School as part of your programme to enable you to gain further experience of the education sector.

You are assessed at half termly review points throughout the course by your mentor in conjunction with a Link Tutor. These assessments are based on reviewing the progress of the classes you have been teaching as well as your ‘evidence bundle’ of lesson plans, resources and observations which is kept electronically on a SharePoint Cloud system. At each review point, personalised targets will be set to help you progress towards meeting the Teacher Standards by the end of the course.

School placements

You will spend the majority of the academic year on your main placement in your host school, with a six week second placement in a contrasting secondary school. You will be fully integrated into your host school, so that you feel truly like a member of staff. You will be given responsibilities for morning registration time, your own personal academic tutees to mentor, and you will be invited to join in all relevant school events and activities.

Your two placements will be in high-achieving departments in successful schools so that you are guaranteed to be working alongside excellent classroom teachers, curriculum and pastoral leaders and learning from the best practice. You will have at least one placement in St Mary’s College - this could be the main placement or a second placement. Your other placement will be at one of our partner secondary schools - The Marvell College, Kelvin Hall School or the Boulevard Academy.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Music 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.

Personal qualities

A proactive mentality: you show initiative, are self-motivated and seek out useful learning experiences and opportunities.

A love for learning: you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve.

A ‘can do’ attitude: you are resilient, determined and flexible.

A collaborative worker: you work well in a team and engage with others to get the best out of situations.

Excellent communication skills, especially communicating with young people

Excellent organisational skills

Humility, empathy and respect

Professional appearance and manner

Other requirements

Recent experience in a Secondary school in the UK which allows candidates to have a clear understanding of the role of a teacher in terms of relevant skills and time commitments required for the profession.

A commitment to safeguarding young people, equal opportunities and raising standards

Following successful interview, all conditional offers will include:

Health and physical capacity to teach standards met (assessed through an occupational health questionnaire)

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Satisfactory criminal record check for overseas

Satisfactory check to ensure there is no prohibition order to teach in UK or European Economic Area (EEA)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,325.

QTS only programme = £8,325 Optional PGCE = £925 Therefore total QTS and PGCE = £9,250

About the training provider

St Mary’s College has been training outstanding teachers for many years. The college provides an ideal training environment thanks to our strong reputation for academic excellence, student achievement, quality pastoral care, and high standards of student behaviour. We are proud to have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and recognized as a Regional Teaching School Hub, National Support School and World-class school.

St Mary’s College is the lead secondary school for Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). Our partnership consists of other Hull secondary schools as well as the seven Catholic primary schools in Hull, which form St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust, so we are able to offer courses in Early Years and general Primary teacher training, as well as the full range of secondary subjects.

Our schools provide a supportive and caring environment in which to train. St Mary’s College and the other Trust schools have a Catholic ethos, and, whilst we welcome applications from people with any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.

We also offer excellent facilities. All four secondary schools in our partnership - St Mary’s College, The Marvell College, Kelvin Hall School and The Boulevard Academy - have benefited from multi-million-pound investment and boast state-of-the-art facilities which provide students and staff with excellent learning and working environments and access to the latest technology.

About the accredited body

St Mary’s College School Direct programme is quality assured and accredited by Hull SCITT, an ITE provider that, since its establishment in 2015, has established a strong reputation for “ensuring a high-quality, well-trained and effective workforce for the young people of Hull.” [Ofsted report, Feb 2022]

Led by the Hull Collaborative Academy Trust, Hull SCITT works in partnership with over 30 schools in the city with an absolute commitment from all partners to its mission to grow future teachers and leaders for Hull’s schools. The SCITT’s success is evident in the high employment rates for its trainees in the region.

Interview process

All short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview. The interview panel will seek to gauge your potential, motivation and suitability for the teacher training programme, and will ask about your previous school experience, subject/curriculum knowledge, as well as your understanding about education and the role of the teacher.

Candidates are also expected to deliver a mini lesson to some KS3 students and take a short literacy test as part of the interview. Further details about this will be included in the interview invitation letter.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

St Mary’s College and our St Cuthbert Trust primaries are fully accessible for wheelchair users with disabled parking bays, ramps, lifts and toilet facilities.

Reasonable adjustments to our internal literacy and numeracy tests for extra time or other adaptations will be made for applicants with identified needs. Further details will be provided on request.

We are fully committed to ensuring equal opportunities and have a successful track record of training previous applicants with dyslexia, or physical, medical and mental health conditions.

It is important to discuss your requirements with us so that we can best gauge how to support you during the application process.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@smchull.org
Telephone
01482 808830
Website
http://www.schooldirecthull.co.uk
Address
St Mary's College
Cranbrook Avenue
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU6 7TN

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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