This secondary teacher training course leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It prepares and equips you to teach your subject in secondary schools (11-16) and gives you experience of post-16 colleges. School and university training is integrated throughout the course and Sheffield Hallam and the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub work closely together to identify your individual capabilities and needs and to enable you to make progress in your development as a teacher.
This PGCE course comprises of 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at level 6 plus the recommendation for the award of QTS.
On the course you enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills, learn how to teach your subject, learn about the wider role of teachers in school, gain knowledge about schools and the education system, apply your skills and knowledge on school placements, gain experience of working alongside other professionals who support the care and development of individual pupils in schools.
We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach your subject.
This course begins in early September and finishes by the end of June in the following year. The Pathfinder Teaching School Hub will offer places in Physical Education through the unsalaried route.
The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills. Over the course of the year trainees will gain experience in two contrasting schools.
University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in physical education 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Good verbal communication skills.
Good interpersonal skills.
The ability to be reflective.
Interact well with children.
Good written communication skills.
Committed to the well-being and development of children.
Applicants must possess the following:
Good subject knowledge in the area they wish to teach.
An understanding of how children learn.
Familiarity with issues in education.
Participation in the course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars, and school and classroom activities. Activities emphasise team work, and require trainees to share the responsibility for their learning.
In addition to the academic entry requirements, all PGCE candidates will be required to:
Obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks for any countries where 12 months or more have been spent in the last ten years)
complete an occupational health check
meet the Department of Education’s English Language requirements (international students only)
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Pathfinder Teaching School Hub is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York which is an Ofsted Outstanding (2021) school with a proven track record as being one of the highest performing schools in the North of England. Our Teaching School Hub works with a range of schools in York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Leeds. Our aim is to provide the highest quality initial teacher training programme possible. We have over 20 years’ experience of training teachers and pride ourselves on our innovative and forward thinking programme. We have outstanding outcomes and believe we prepare our trainees for the demand and rigour of the teaching profession.
Our mentors are extremely experienced and will ensure you receive the appropriate support and guidance to become a successful teacher.
At Archbishop Holgate’s School we have a specialist Teaching and Learning Team who will be on hand to offer additional support and advice should you need it.
We pride ourselves on the Values, Care and Achievement which we provide for both our staff and students and hope you will consider training with us. Visits to the teaching school or inquiries are warmly welcomed.
About the accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University are one of our two accredited ITT partners. They support us in the design and delivery of our ITT course for a selection of the secondary subjects that we offer. You will receive 50% of your out of placement training from the University and 50% from Pathfinder Teaching School Hub. Both Sheffield Hallam University and The University of York hold an excellent reputation for ITT and a strong track-record of evidence-informed practice.
Candidates who are invited to interview will be expected to undertake a teaching activity as well as a formal interview and other tasks related to teaching in their specific subject. Interviews will take place at the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub. Prior notification of interview tasks will be provided to candidates in advance of the interview date.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Archbishop Holgate's School Hull Road York North Yorkshire YO10 5ZA
Support and advice
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