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St Ninian Catholic Federation Primary (325Z)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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
September 2022
Website
https://www.smmcatholicprimary.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

Our Primary PGCE with QTS programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. During this course, as well as based training, you will undertake two 30-credit masters level modules to gain a PGCE. These modules are practically focused and titled ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and ‘High Quality Learning and Teaching’. Both are designed to focus on your priorities and interests as you develop your teaching skills. They involve a total of 3 written assessments, one of which is a formative piece to support your academic development. The modules are taught by University of Cumbria lecturers who work closely with our school direct programme team to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.

School placements

All placements take place within the alliance. The St Ninian Catholic Federation Teacher Training route is one that guarantees at least two placements in Catholic Primary schools in North Cumbria.

Further information about placements can be found at (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/partnerships/placements/education/placement-travel-accommodation-policy/)

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.

We accept equivalency tests from: Equivalency Testing A Star Equivalency

Personal qualities

  • The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study.

  • Satisfactory completion of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and occupational health checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The St Ninian Teacher Training route is one that guarantees at least two placements in Catholic Primary schools in Cumbria.

The course runs in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and the newly formed Mater Christi Multi Academy Trust that ensures a working partnership between a selection of Catholic schools in the county whilst allowing access to the the first 2 units of the CCRS.

Our core principles are: Prayer, Service, Knowledge and Aspiration; therefore our PGCE students work hard to ensure the best for all our children whilst gaining valuable experience in a variety of settings enabling themselves to develop professionally. We are always trying to find smarter ways to do our work with much of our practice being research driven.

We only recruit people who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives; people who challenge themselves to keep on improving and people whom hold high expectations whilst seeing the importance of developing the whole child.

If you want to train in a forward thinking environment then this may well be the course for you.

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

All sites are DDA compliant and have good accessibility.

All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so accessible at a distance.

Contact this training provider

Email
head@stmmary.cumbria.sch.uk
Telephone
01228401800
Website
https://www.smmcatholicprimary.co.uk/
Address
Kirklands Road
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA2 4JD

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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