North Wiltshire SCITT Primary (2LLT)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.nwscitt.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

Course Awards:

  • QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters credits

Course Structure:

  • Your training will mainly be school-based, working with your school Mentor.
  • You will attend regular central training either at NWSCITT, one of our partnership schools or virtually.
  • You will have 2 main school placements.

Support:

  • You will be supervised by your school-based Mentor. They will organise your timetable, observe lessons, set targets and provide you with feedback at regular progress meetings.
  • Each school has an ITT Lead. They have responsibility for all trainees in school and are often the Headteacher or Deputy. They will support you and organise additional training on your placement where appropriate.
  • You will have a NWSCITT Primary ITT Lead. They will provide you with subject specific training, advice and guidance.
  • Additional support is available from the NWSCITT team.

Central Training: At the start of the year, you will spend 3 days in school and 2 days in central/subject training. After October half-term, you will spend 4 days in school and 1 day in training. From February you will be in school 5 days per week.

You will cover a wide range of subjects such as, but not limited to:

  • Safeguarding
  • Phonics
  • Maths
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • EAL
  • Being an inclusive teacher
  • Behaviour Management
  • Starters and plenaries
  • Behaviour management
  • SEND

QTS Award:

  • Upon successful completion, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), recommended by NWSCITT.
  • You must evidence that you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course to be awarded QTS.

PGCE:

  • The Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s credits is accredited by Bath Spa University.
  • You will need to pass three PGCE assignments set by Bath Spa University.
  • You do not need to travel to Bath Spa University. Lectures will be at NWSCITT, a partnership school or virtually.
  • All Bath Spa resources are available on line.
  • You will have a Bath Spa ID card and access to their facilities if you wish.

School placements

NWSCITT will organise your placement school for you. We work with over 40 Primary and Secondary Partnership schools across Wiltshire, Swindon and surrounding areas, including schools within Ascend Learning Trust.

Please note:

  • The school that you apply to on your application, is an Ascend Learning Trust school, and is for general location only. We cannot guarantee a placement at this school.
  • Placement schools will depend upon the capacity they have to support trainees and can vary each year.
  • We aim to place you in a school no more than 30-45 minutes commute, wherever possible.

Main Placements:

  • You will have 2 placement schools in different Key Stages.
  • Host Placement school: you will attend here between September - December and between Easter - June.
  • Complementary Placement school: you will attend here between January - Easter.
  • Your progress will be monitored throughout, with progress check points at the end of each placement.

We also aim to offer trainees:

  • Time in a Secondary school to experience an alternative phase provision and provide an understanding of the transition between Primary and Secondary schools.
  • Time in a specialist provision school.

Teaching Timetable:

  • You will be in your Host School placement from the first day of the school year.
  • You will initially observe classes and work alongside the class teacher.
  • This will increase to team-teaching, lesson planning and lesson sequencing.
  • You will build up to teach approximately 40% of the timetable by Christmas.
  • By the end of the year, you will be following a 70%-80% teaching timetable.
  • By the end of the course you will develop high level teaching skills and be able to demonstrate that you can meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Hours Worked:

  • Expect to be in school from approximately 08.15am until 4.00/5.00pm each day.
  • You may have to attend after-school meetings or extra-curricular clubs.
  • Expect to work at home in the evenings and weekends to prepare school work and PGCE assignments.
  • Central/Subject specific training times: Usually 09.30am - 4.30pm, and occasional ‘twilight’ virtual sessions.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Lime Kiln, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 7HF
Yes
Noremarsh Junior School
Clarendon Drive, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8BT
Yes
Wellington Eagles Primary
Wellesley Road, , Ludgershall,, Andover,, Wilts, SP11 9LT
Yes
Wellington Lions Primary
Oatway Road, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP9 7FP
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

NWSCITT only accept equivalency tests from:

  • Equivalency Testing
  • A Star Equivalency

  • If you have an equivalency test from another provider, you will be required to retake one of the above tests.

  • Equivalency tests are only suitable for someone who has previously taken a GCSE and not achieved grade C/4 or higher. If you have not attempted the GCSE, you will need to take a full GCSE in the required subject.

Personal qualities

We look for:

  • Inspirational trainees, with a passion for working with children in Primary education.
  • An understanding of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculums.
  • Flexibility, initiative, resilience.
  • Be a confident communicator.
  • Time management skills
  • The ability to remain calm and focused under pressure.
  • A team player.
  • Prepared to work hard and be organised.

School Experience:

  • Whilst not a requirement of the course, it is beneficial to gain some school experience to understand the role of a teacher in the classroom and breadth of knowledge required across a range of subjects.

Other requirements

Safeguarding Commitment:

  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced (DBS) and barred list check. We will check against the Teacher Regulation Agency.
  • If you have lived abroad in the last 10 years, you will be required to present a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Check from that country.
  • We reserve the right to check references/work history.
  • You will be subject to the Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006.

Fitness to teach:

  • You will be required to complete a satisfactory medical report to show you meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Who we are:

North Wiltshire SCITT provides Initial Teaching Training (ITT) for Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding areas. We are based in Royal Wootton Bassett and work with over 40 Partnership Schools based in Wiltshire, Swindon and surrounding areas, including those from the Ascend Learning Trust.

We are Outstanding Provider (Ofsted 2017).

Our vision is:

“To produce outstanding teachers who will ensure their students, whatever their starting point, thrive in all aspects of education. Our trainee teachers will value developing the whole person equally to the achievement of academic success.”

What we offer:

  • We provide high quality initial teacher training delivered by current practitioners across the Partnership.

  • Primary (5-11 years) ITT programme

  • Secondary (11-16 years and 14-19 years) ITT programmes

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by NWSCITT

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 with 60 Master’s credits, accredited by Bath Spa University.

  • Small co-horts to enable a personalised provision.

  • Each trainee will be challenged to become the best classroom practitioner they can possibly be.

  • Trainees should aim to become confident, competent and reflective practitioners who are capable of delivering consistently high quality lessons. In turn, they should want to produce the very best learning opportunities for all their students.

  • Guidance and support is available throughout the programme for all our trainees and we support individual needs where appropriate.

Interview process

  • Interviews start in November and take place at North Wiltshire SCITT. We can interview virtually if required.

Interviews will consist of, but not limited to:

  • Planning for a small teaching/story-time task for either KS1 or KS2.
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject leaders.
  • You may be asked to attend an additional meeting within a school environment. This may involve a further teaching activity.

  • You must present your original qualifications and identification at interview. Any outstanding qualification must be presented prior to starting the course.

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

We are an inclusive organisation. All potential applicants are considered on an equal basis.

We will ensure that all candidates applying and securing a place to train with us will be provided, wherever possible, with the means to do so. Reasonable adjustments can be made, such as:

  • Ensuring access to training venues and schools

  • Providing additional time where required e.g. for PGCE assignments

  • Providing larger print and/or coloured paper

  • Additional support from School-based mentor/ Subject Lead Tutors/Teaching and Learning tutors/Central SCITT staff

  • With your permission, we will ensure that your placement schools and venues are aware of any disabilities or health conditions

  • Ensuring that candidates with hearing and/or sight impairments are seated appropriately to facilitate access to presentation content and instructions

  • Supporting scribes if required, and ensuring that closed captions are available during virtual sessions.

Please make us aware of any disabilities or other needs. All information is treated in confidence.

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@nwscitt.org.uk
Telephone
01793 781511
Website
http://www.nwscitt.org.uk
Address
North Wiltshire SCITT, Teacher Education Centre
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, Lime Kiln
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
SN4 7HG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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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