Developing Teachers, Schools and Academies (DTSA) Psychology (N104)

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

Accredited body
University of Derby
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.dtsa.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

You will spend most of your time in your main placement school, spending (on average) every other Wednesday in University. This will coincide with the days all other students following the University of Derby School Direct programme are in. This enables you to be part of a large group of beginning teachers, exploring the underpinning principles and philosophies of, and approaches to teaching. You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. Your mentor will be supported in school by a coordinator, usually a senior member of staff. You will also be allocated a university link tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities. In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees. Assessment The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work. For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations. Practical Teaching is assessed by the university tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school-based elements of the course and your own records of such work.

School placements

In our alliance there are 4 schools, 2 11-16 and 2 11-18 schools. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities. In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. An opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees. You will return to your ‘home’ school for the remained of the school academic year. The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during University based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Degree subject should match or be closely related to the subject you are applying for.

Your degree subject should be in psychology 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.

Equivalency tests must be taken with www.equivalencytesting.com to be accepted.

Personal qualities

All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach. In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course.
You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check and required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs. Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included. They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities. The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary. Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back. Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.

About the training provider

Developing Teachers, Schools and Academies (DTSA) offers Primary and Secondary School Direct places (with Chellaston Academy) for courses beginning in September every academic year. We are working in partnership with The University of Derby to deliver high quality training for all students. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by the University of Derby. Our particular specialisms are to train teachers for Derby and Derbyshire; to provide an understanding of STEM subjects; and to provide good levels of student support, both academically and practically.

Interview process

The School Coordinator at the lead School screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the school you have applied for. If successful at this stage you will then be allocated a home school. This is not necessarily the lead school. When you attend a School Direct interview, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants - in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach
  • motivation and commitment to teaching all pupils
  • maturity and self confidence
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your subject During the interview you will undertake the following tasks:
  • a short presentation to students on a subject topic (details will be sent to you before the interview)
  • complete a subject knowledge audit
  • complete a self-evaluation test
  • an individual interview

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Our facilities provide full disabled access as do many of the schools in the partnership. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

Email
Deborah.Outhwaite@dtsa.org.uk
Telephone
07712674474
Website
http://www.dtsa.org.uk
Address
PO Box 8540
Derby
Derbyshire
DE65 9EL

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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