Arden Alliance Primary (37QT)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022
Website
https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/home

Contents

About the course

Primary placements are available in all our Alliance primary schools.

One of the many reasons the school-direct route is so popular is that you decide where you want to train. Whilst all our primary partners offer the same quality training which is rigorously overseen by our own Quality Assurance Lead, applicants often choose a training location based on ease of travel, etc.

To learn more about each school, we recommend that you view the respective website of the school you wish to teach in. To access this information, you can go through our Alliance website: (https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/itt-school-direct/about/partner-schools)

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email on [traintoteach@arden.solihull.sch.uk]

School placements

Trainees spend 4 days a week in school and 1 day at The University of Warwick. You will train alongside a class teacher who will be your mentor, offering one-to-one bespoke training developed specifically to work with your own strengths and weaknesses. You will spend 1 whole term (spring term) in an alternative (complementary) primary school setting, training at a different key stage level to increase your knowledge and experience.
We have 4 primary schools within our Alliance and your complementary placement will be in one of our own partner schools. For information regarding our primary partners, please visit our website: (https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/itt-school-direct/about/partner-schools)

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Balsall Common Primary School
Balsall Street East, Balsall Common, CV7 7FS
No
Bentley Heath C of E Primary School
Widney Close, Bentley Heath, Solihull, B93 9AS
No
Coppice Junior School
Coppice Road, Birmingham, B92 9JY
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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

  • Dedication
  • Resilience
  • Strong communicator
  • Passion for your subject
  • Ability to inspire confidence
  • Patience
  • Excellent planning

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,110

About the training provider

Training To Teach with Arden Alliance…

  • Arden Alliance is a made up of a group of Primary and Secondary schools predominately based in and around Solihull
  • We work with the University of Warwick, a highly prestigious Russell Group University, who have been graded ‘Outstanding’ in all categories of their teacher training provision

Why Train With Us?

  • You will be trained by outstanding practitioners
  • We provide a highly personalised and targeted approach to draw upon your existing strengths and facilitate a plan to improve areas for development
  • There will be a focus on subject pedagogy which results in high-calibre trainees who are very well prepared to meet the learning needs of their students
  • You will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a requirement to teach in the state school system as an Early Career Teacher (ECT), along with the academic qualification of a PGCE
  • Our Alliance Days are designed to complement the training provided by the University of Warwick and are bespoke to the needs of all trainees year on year What sets the Arden Alliance apart is our commitment to rigorous and supportive training that develops you as an individual to be a well-rounded member of the teaching profession and enhances your future employability. Our delivery of subject specific pedagogy by outstanding teachers in their field is unique and research shows that this is the most effective form of professional development.

About the accredited body

(https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/)

Interview process

You will be asked to attend the school in which you plan to train for interview/assessment. The process takes a couple of hours and includes a 40 minute literacy/numeracy task; 20-25 minute “micro-lesson” and formal interview. The purpose of the micro-lesson is to see how you interact with students. The formal interview will be with a member of the Teaching School team and a member of the senior leadership team. If you are successful, a decision to recommend you for offer will be made within 24 hours and you should expect to hear from The University of Warwick within 1 week of your 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, 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

Arden Alliance and The University of Warwick welcomes candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act. Those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach.

Contact this training provider

Email
traintoteach@arden.solihull.sch.uk
Telephone
01564732610
Website
https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/home
Address
Arden Academy
Station Road
Solihull
West Midlands
B93 0PT

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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