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Taunton Teaching Alliance (Heathfield School) Primary (SEND) (2MKC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Trainees will study the following topic areas:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice.
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Subject Specialist Research
  • Global Dimensions
  • Foundation Studies As well as the above we offer the following conference themes:
  • Learning without Limits
  • Psychologies/EAL
  • Behaviour
  • Teaching cross curricular English with a global dimension.

Somerset SCITT is a forward-thinking provider. Our present focus is on student and trainee well-being, as part of this we have an emphasis on outdoor learning and music. All of our trainees have the opportunity to become singing Teachers with the necessary skills and repertoire to apply this across the curriculum. We believe that children that sing regularly are happier children. You do not need to be a music specialist to access this training.

School placements

Trainees will spend most of their time in one host school and a placement of at least 6 weeks in another school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

The mandatory entry requirements for this programme are:

  • A UK full degree or equivalent.

  • GCSE in English Language, Maths and Science Grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

We will require to see original certificates.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with a genuine interest in working with children.

You need to be adaptable and responsive, be able to multi task and be committed to the principles of life-long learning; at Somerset SCITT, we believe that the most effective teacher is someone who sees themselves as a learner too.

Experience of working in a school is essential for a school direct trainee with Somerset SCITT. Reading about child development, reflecting on the role of a teacher and finding out about current education developments both nationally and locally would be advisable preparation for the interview process.

Other requirements

Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • DBS Check
  • Health check
  • Proof of Identification

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Through our programme of Initial Teacher Training, Taunton Teaching Alliance aims to draw in and retain the best graduates and strongest aspiring teachers to train in schools within the partnership, including in shortage subject areas.

Working with our partner ITT providers – the Mid-Somerset Consortium, Exeter University and the Somerset Primary SCIL (Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning) – we provide School Direct courses leading to PGCE where trainee teachers are nurtured and supported across our partner schools.

About the accredited body

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in Somerset began in 1997 in partnership with the University of Worcester. Somerset SCITT has continued to grow from strength to strength, providing high quality, local teacher training to benefit the education of young people across Somerset and the Southwest.

In 2017 Somerset SCITT was awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (in all areas).

We currently offer the following School Direct routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • School Direct Non-Salaried
  • School Direct salaried
  • Teaching Apprenticeship

Interview process

The interview process is currently virtual and is made up of an interview with 2 or 3 members of the SCITT senior leadership team; a presentation; and a Book activity.

Applicants are asked to write a reflective account of the different aspects of the interview process.

Applicants will also need to undertake an English and maths audit.

More information is given about these activities when successful applicants are invited to interview.

Applicants are asked to provide proof of qualifications and proof of ID documentation. The duration of the interview is approximately 3 hours.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The TTA welcomes all candidates and trainees with disabilities, health conditions, metal health conditions or learning difficulties and aims to support all candidates and trainees throughout the recruitment process and training course.

We support trainees with their specific learning needs to achieve their dream of becoming a teacher and will ensure appropriate support throughout the recruitment process and training year.

As an experienced provider of Initial Teacher Training, we are proud to have supported students with a variety of additional needs to become fantastic and successful teachers. We will aim to tailor our support to make sure that the course is both accessible and achievable.

We encourage all candidates/trainees with any disability or health conditions to discuss this with the TTA/MSC. If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact the office.

We work closely with trainees and schools to ensure training is accessible and personalised to an individual’s needs.

Contact this training provider

School Road
Monkton Heathfield

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