The Wonder Institute of Education English (3B86)

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

Accredited body
Leeds Beckett University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://learningpartnership.education

Contents

Course summary

Our School Direct Secondary English course is all about turning your passion for English texts, language and drama into a rewarding career as a teacher. The extensive school-based experience will help you develop your understanding of practical teaching strategies to inspire your pupils by bringing English to life. This classroom learning is combined with a wide range of theoretical techniques explored with academic tutors, giving you the skills to manage a variety of teaching scenarios.

You will learn to ignite your pupils’ interest in the English language and great literary works by using drama and technology. You will become a storyteller in your lessons, developing pupils’ understanding of fiction, non-fiction and media texts and their cultural importance. You will also learn how to select appropriate materials to match the different abilities and level of understanding of your class and how to use creative techniques so pupils understand how to write for a specific audience to have the maximum impact on the reader.

Our School Direct course is a school-led training programme which combines practical in-school training with theoretical research-based studies undertaken at Leeds Beckett University. We are convinced that the supportive, personalised in-school training delivered by our partnership schools, combined with the academic challenge provided by experienced university tutors, nurtures excellent new teachers who are ready and eager for the excitement of a fulfilling teaching career.

For the vast majority of the course, you will be based in a partnership school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will usually attend the Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus one day a week for key module seminars.

School placements

The course requires you to go to two contrasting schools, we offer a placement at Woldgate School, which is rurally located and Longcroft School located in the more urban area of Beverley.

The school based element of this course is split into three placements, these placements range in time from between 7 to 9 weeks.

Placement one : Woldgate School or Longcroft School

Placement two: You will switch schools, so if you were in Woldgate School during your first placement, you will switch to Longcroft School for your second placement. Whereas if you were in Longcroft School for your first placement you will go to Woldgate School for your second placment.

Placement three: You will switch back to the school you were with during placement one. So if you started in Longcroft School, you will return there during your final placement. Similarly, if you started your first placement at Woldgate School, this is where you will return to for your third placement.

We will endeavour to place you in the school closest to your home for two placements, if places in this school are still available.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are keen to hear from prospective trainees who share our people-centred approach and we will be looking for these qualities:

  • Enthusiasm for your subject and for working with young people
  • A genuine love of learning that you want to share with others
  • Initiative and creativity
  • A clear desire to help children grow intellectually and as individuals
  • Resilience
  • Strong communication skills

Other requirements

The Learning Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for all posts.

Fees and financial support

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

This is not a confirmed fee.

About the training provider

At the Learning Partnership Teaching School Alliance our aim is simple: we want to inspire our teachers, trainees and children with a love of learning that lasts for life. Our people-centred approach to teacher training means that, like our pupils, you will be known and cared for as an individual. We are passionate about providing a high-quality, innovative programme that will inspire and fully equip trainees to become outstanding teachers. Training with us means you will benefit from the combination of excellent teacher-mentors, substantial school-based experience in outstanding classrooms, and high quality professional studies sessions led by a team of experienced academics at Leeds Beckett University. Throughout your time with us, you will be supported and challenged to achieve your best by caring mentors who have a wealth of experience of outstanding practice. In addition you will receive have access to the full CPD programme offered by the Trust and dedicated Trust Training Days with the Directors of Education. Our Partnership prides itself on its holistic approach to the development and education of young people and teachers alike. If you share our vision and people-centred focus, we’d love to hear from you. Placements are across our Partnership including in Pocklington, Melbourne, Stamford Bridge and Beverley.

Interview process

The interview process will consist of a short presentation, a written task and a panel interview. The panel will be made up of three Partnership members of staff.

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 have supported many teachers and trainees with disabilities or other needs in the past. Please get in touch to find out more about how we can support your particular needs.

Contact this training provider

Email
krussell@WLP.education
Telephone
01759302395
Website
http://learningpartnership.education
Address
School House
92 Kilnwick Road
Pocklington
East Yorkshire
YO42 2LL

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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