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Academies Enterprise Trust: London Primary (K112)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London
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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://sites.google.com/aetinet.org/academies-enterprise-trust/work-at-aet/initial-teacher-training

Contents

About the course

Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils. This programme will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012). UCL works in partnership with around 200 primary schools to enable Primary PGCE students to fully prepare to be a primary teacher. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).

Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). The schools offer placements for teaching experience, and their teachers serve as tutors, mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers.

Primary PGCE students can gain experience of teaching across one or more key stages; the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; lower Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 9) and upper Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11). Students will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects. They will also select one subject for specialist study from the range that we offer (i.e. Literacy, MFL, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Computing, Science and Art & Design)

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s-level (level 7), a Teaching and Learning module and a specialism module, and one at Undergraduate-level (level 6), plus three school placements. The programme is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported though a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence including observations of teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.

As part of the programme students will spend time on placements at schools or Early Years settings, during which time their teaching experience will be supported by a tutor and mentor. Students will spend upto 120 days on placements.

School placements

You will spend the majority of time in your main placement school but will also be required to carry out a 2nd placement at another school which is usually for a period of 6 weeks.

Your 2nd placement will provide you with an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast different approaches to all aspects of teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Minimum 2.2 degree or above
  • GCSE Level 5 (Grade C) or above in English, Maths and Science

For equivalency testing: UCL will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com (where the pass grade for UCL is grade 5)

Personal qualities

We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their school phase and/or subject specialism and have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people’s lives and futures.

Other requirements

  • Satisfactory clearance fro​m the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
  • Completion of the Fitness to Teach requirement

Fees and financial support

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

Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government which you repay gradually through small monthly repayments.

About the training provider

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is an education trust with a national network of 58 academies across England.

At AET, our mission is pure and simple: to enable our pupils to lead remarkable lives. This is the golden thread that binds us all together – the reason that despite our very different paths to AET, we are all part of one family.

We passionately believe that every child can discover their own remarkable life. It’s what motivates us around here. We know this vision requires something extra. Which is why at AET, you’ll find more. More opportunities, so you can forge your own path. More care and support, so you can prioritise what matters most. More purpose, for you and for the children we’re inspiring. Come inspire their remarkable with us.

We are looking for individuals who identify with our values which are:

Be unusually brave Discover what’s possible Push the limits Be big hearted

In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in communities you work within inspiring their remarkable.

Whatever your area of expertise, if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your remarkable career.

To make your next move a career-defining opportunity, choose to train with us.

Interview process

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day.

The selection process will usually involve:

  • A classroom-based task
  • Time with staff/departments
  • A formal interview
  • A written task

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
recruitment@academiesenterprisetrust.org
Telephone
02039475689
Website
https://sites.google.com/aetinet.org/academies-enterprise-trust/work-at-aet/initial-teacher-training
Address
Academies Enterprise Trust
3rd Floor, 183 Eversholt Street
London
London
NW1 1BU

Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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