Eastgate Academy Primary (T408)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://eastgateacademy.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This PGCE course prepares you to teach children in the 3 to 7 age range as a primary teacher. It is a very practical course with around two-thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school.

Find out more on our website: https://www.bgu.ac.uk/courses/pgce-primary-3-7

This full-time, one-year course or, up to two-year part-time course includes both school-based experiences and sessions at the university with a strong focus on integrating theory and practice. At least 120 days will be based in schools. School placements are carefully structured to ensure the gradual development of your confidence as an effective teacher through building up experiences working with university-based mentors and school-based mentors. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards. The goal is that you should become a reflective practitioner – a teacher who thinks about their experiences and learns from them in order to improve their practice.

School placements

The School Direct Route generally involves working in a base school with an additional placement in an alternative school or setting, normally for at least six weeks, and in a different age phase. These placements take place alongside training which is based within the Cluster, together with regular University-based training across the year, including completion of academic modules. Trainees are supported through their journey by School Based Mentors and also by University Based Mentors, regularly discussing practice and monitoring progress through lesson observations and the collecting of evidence to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Tutors also offer pastoral support to help trainees manage their workload and wellbeing. Trainees should aim to develop strong subject knowledge of English, Phonics and mathematics, in particular, as well as all other areas of the primary curriculum. Trainees work alongside mentors in school developing confidence, knowledge and skills, gradually taking more responsibility for managing behaviour, planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum and assessing pupil progress.

Whilst on placement you will work closely with your School Based Mentor(SBM). Your SBM will observe your practice throughout the week and will also meet with you weekly to enable you to identify targets to further develop your professional practice. You will also attend a local training session one afternoon a week where senior staff will work with you and help you develop your classroom practice.

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

We are looking for someone who has a love of learning and who wishes to ensure that others do too. Besides academic qualifications we are looking for a confident communicator who has a passion for learning. We are looking for someone who is well organised and has the ability and desire to become a team player. Your interpersonal skills are important as is your curriculum knowledge. We want to work with people who want to make a difference to individuals’ lives.

Other requirements

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Any offers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check including the Children’s Barred List.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

Financial support from the training provider

(https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-support)

About the training provider

At Eastgate Academy we are committed to the academic, personal, social and emotional development of all of our pupils. We promote an engaging environment where successful and inspiring teaching and enthusiastic learning, tolerance and mutual respect towards others is valued above all else. Trainees at Eastgate Academy can look forward to a unique and enriching experience. All staff at our Outstanding Academy refer to their colleagues as ‘family’. You will find that staff are friendly, supportive, approachable and encouraging. We firmly believe that there is no ‘silly’ questions and enjoy the opportunities to use our experience and ability to reflect in order to foster professional dialogue. We also fully understand the personal and emotional stresses involved in teacher training and you will find us more than willing to listen and offer support should you need to share. In pursuit of excellence we will always endeavour to demonstrate best practice in order to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical developments of pupils in our school. We also aim to prepare pupils in our school to be well equipped to embrace the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of later life. All pupils will experience a broad and balanced curriculum, which supports, challenges and extends their self discipline, motivation and self esteem in order to achieve excellence in learning. In working closely with pupils, parents and the wider community we will encourage the children to develop into confident, successful, responsible, independent beings who have an appropriate sense of Citizenship.

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students in the historic heart of Lincoln for over 150 years. Our campus is located just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the old Roman city. Over the past 150 years, our commitment to first-class teacher training has remained consistent and we continue to provide schools across the country with highly-skilled graduates who are equipped to teach the next generation of young learners. Life after BGU is also extremely important to us, we offer many different methods of support for our trainees as they begin their teaching careers.

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Interview process

Interview details will be confirmed by the cluster lead who is based at Eastgate Academy. As part of the interview you will be asked to complete a range of tasks.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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 really care about all of our trainees and aim to support them all of the way through their studies, from application to graduation. Here at Eastgate Academy we recognise that trainees may require additional assistance to engage fully with their studies due to a range of access needs. Student Advice plays a key role in co-ordinating services available to BGU’s disabled and sensory impaired students, and/or with specific learning differences or other access needs before and during their studies. In order to assess the level of support trainees may require, we use the legal definition of disability, which is wide ranging but includes:

  • Specific learning differences including dyslexia
  • Physical mobility difficulties
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Persons requiring personal care
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma
  • Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – trainees may have access needs that are not listed above. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact Student Advice – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Contact this training provider

Email
kerensa.healy@ega.eastern-mat.co.uk
Telephone
01553773088
Website
https://eastgateacademy.co.uk/
Address
Eastgate Academy
Littleport Terrace
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE30 1QA

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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