PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship
- Accredited body
- The Pimlico-London SCITT
- Financial support
- Student finance if you’re eligible
PGCE with QTS
A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to
teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.
Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.
- Course length
- 1 year
- Date you can apply from
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- September 2020
About the course
Future Training at the Pimlico-London SCITT is based at our Teaching School, The Future Institute of Education, in the heart of London and we offer an academically rigorous and school-led ITT programme. Our SCITT programme was awarded ‘Outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted and ranked as the third best provider in the country (top in London) in The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
We believe in the primacy of knowledge and that teacher-led, school-based education can transform lives. Our trainee teachers learn to see themselves as the leaders of their pupils, as custodians of the best that has been thought, known, and created, and as a catalyst for innovation and transformation through the valuable knowledge and skills they will impart to those they teach.
We believe that as a student teacher you should be immersed in your host schools for the majority of the time so that you can benefit from the support and guidance of subject experts. Here you will benefit from a mentor who will observe your weekly progress against the Teachers’ Standards.
The majority of our schools are within Central London with one site in nearby Hertfordshire. During the week you will come to the SCITT Head office in Central London every Tuesday afternoon in term time for training. In addition, you have the opportunity to gain the PGCE through the Institute of Education at UCL or University of Sussex for Classics trainees.
Due to Covid-19, schools are closed and so interviews will be conducted by telephone conferencing. This will usually be with two members of the SCITT team, and you will be sent a link to this meeting on the day.
You will be asked to complete a series of tasks before the interview and send to us by email before the interview. This includes a short essay on what makes great teaching and a lesson plan document you will be asked to complete based on a set learning objective.
We will provide more details about the interview when we confirm this with you.
What will happen on the day of the interview?
The video Interview
The interview will last around 25-30 minutes.
We will ask you a series of questions about why you have chosen teaching as a career, and why you have chosen our route and us as a provider. There will also be the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have.
After the interview we will ask you to complete a subject-knowledge task. This will be a past paper GCSE-level question, for which no preparation is required.
How school placements work
We are part of Future Academies, a family of schools which has built a reputation for achieving the highest standards for all its pupils. We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a host school throughout the year.
To supplement this, trainee teachers will also participate in three focused placements. Trainee teachers do a three week placement in the second term, which will offer them a contrasting experience within our network of excellent schools. This network includes many independent, grammar and specialist schools.
Furthermore, trainee teachers will also benefit from a week’s placement in a primary (for secondary trainees), or a secondary (for primary trainees) and gain experience within the Tri Borough Alternative Provision.
A teaching apprentice will be paid the basic rate for an unqualified teacher. The salary will be paid by your employing school, and the £9,250 can be paid for through their apprenticeship levy.
It is essential that you are working in a school already that can employ you during your training year. Note, your placement will not be at our schools in Pimlico, but at your employing school.
This salary can not be used in conjunction with any other bursaries, or scholarships.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for a government bursary if you are applying to teach one of our secondary subjects. We also provide a highly-competitive bursary of £38,000 to exceptional candidates, which includes the payment of your £9,000 tuition fee. To apply for this route, you must send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com, in addition to applying through UCAS. We also can provide some candidates with accommodation at discounted rates.
This course is suitable for Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants and unqualified teachers who have not taught for more than 2 years. Applicants should obtain the support of their school, as they will need to employ you as an apprentice. This school should also be one of your referees. Please email the address below, or visit our website, if you need further assistance.
UK degree, at least 2:1 or above (or international equivalent)
At least grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science
This course is suitable for school support staff and unqualified teachers without much experience, who are looking to obtain the PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.
In addition to the required qualifications above, before the start of the course, you will need to:
• Have undergone an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
• Have passed the DfE Professional Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy. We advise that you book tests, and start preparing for these tests before the interview.
• Have undergone an occupational health assessment to assess fitness for teaching.
About the training provider
Future Training was founded by Future Academies in 2013 to recruit and train the highest calibre of new teachers. We are based at our Teaching School, The Future Institute of Education, in the heart of London and offer an academically rigorous and school-led ITT programme. We are judged ‘Outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted, and ranked third in the country (best in London) in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. We have been praised for our expert mentoring, wide variety of placements and network of expert speakers.
We are extremely proud of our excellent outcomes and almost perfect employment rates. Our alumni have experienced rapid career progression including many Heads of Departments, Heads of Years and Curriculum developers.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The needs of the candidates will be taken into account at interview. Trainee teachers benefit from a mentor who leads their support throughout their training. The central SCITT team meets with trainee teachers weekly through our Professional Studies programme. This allows us to regularly update our risk assessment of the trainee teacher and adapt the course accordingly.
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