Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT Drama (Q144)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://ctsnscitt.info

Contents

Course summary

As a school based provider of initial teacher training, CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are experienced, practising teachers and, from the beginning of the course, in Year 1, trainees will spend 1.5 days a week in school and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing expert teachers; working with students in smaller groups, or in one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at fortnightly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular subject afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In Year 2, part time trainees spend 2.5 days in school, with only occasional Core Training (as they will have completed most of this part of the course in Year 1). In addition, part-time trainees will study the PGCE in Year 2. Each trainee will be assigned to one of the subject lead tutor team, who will act as a personal tutor throughout the course. This course leads to the awards of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus PGCE (with Anglia Ruskin University). For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT.

School placements

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home. Part time trainees usually will spend the first year (1.5 days per week) in one school, and the second year in a contrasting school (2.5 days per week).

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bottisham Village College
Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9DL
Yes
Sybil Andrews Academy
Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP32 7QB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

You need a degree, usually a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by ENIC UK). Typically, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject, but have significant experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach, may also be considered. In such cases a subject knowledge enhancement course may be added to the conditions of entry.

Your degree subject should be in drama 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.

In addition to the GCSE English requirement, if English is not your first language, the IELTS Academic test (International English Language Testing System, Academic Test) with overall score of 6.5 is also required. Please note that IELTS Academic certificates are valid for 2 years.

Personal qualities

As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £11,000.

£5,500 per year (total fee £11,000), often covered with a student loan. For many subjects generous training bursaries are also available. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

About the training provider

The Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT offers school-led, research engaged teacher training across Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk and Essex:

  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools across Cambridgeshire, West Suffolk and Essex.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS. We have been providing school based initial teacher training for many years with training hubs in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. Choosing to train with CTSN will introduce you to a network of training and support that might well continue way beyond your initial teacher training.

Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to plan and discuss how you might teach a topic to students in Key Stage 3. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

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

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website. All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN SCITT will endeavour to make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact this training provider

Email
scitt@catrust.co.uk
Telephone
01223 262503 x223
Website
https://ctsnscitt.info
Address
Comberton Village College
West Street
Comberton
Cambridgeshire
CB23 7DU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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