Invictus Education Trust Social sciences (M711)

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

Accredited body
Haybridge Alliance SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
14 to 19 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Social Sciences is an exciting and varied subject area that might include teaching a combination of the following: Sociology: Sociology involves the study of society and the influences it has in shaping us as individuals. Psychology: The scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Health and Social Care: The study of health and well-being that supports students in understanding how physical, intellectual, emotional and social development can influence an individual’s health. Criminology: The study of criminal behaviour on an individual and social level, how it can be managed and potentially prevented. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PHSE): Focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep children and young people healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work. Applicants will gain experience of teaching throughout the Key Stages and will need to be able to deliver lessons that are relevant and engaging.

This course will allow you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). QTS is awarded by Invictus Education Trust in collaboration with Haybridge Alliance SCITT and involves you gathering evidence against each of the Teacher Standards. The PGCE is awarded by Birmingham City University (BCU) upon successful completion of 3 assignments. Trainees will spend a minimum of 120 days in school working towards the award of QTS. Trainees will also benefit from the Central Education Programme Pedagogy sessions that are led by a Subject Specialist. It is your responsibility to secure the required fundamental English and Mathematics skills and we will support you in this process to ensure you can demonstrate competence in the required fundamental English and Mathematics to gain QTS.

School placements

You will undertake a placement close to where you live during the Autumn and Summer terms in one of our partner schools. Your second placement close to where you live will take place in the Spring term and will be in a contrasting school to your first placement. You will gain experience of working with a range of young people with differing backgrounds, abilities and needs. You will have a professional mentor as well as a school mentor in each placement school.

Most subjects involve teaching across the 14-19 age range and trainees will gain experience of teaching across Key Stage 4 and 5. Other experiences include a three-day placement in a primary school and one-day placements in a special school, a school deemed to require improvement and a school that offers alternative provision. Trainees will also gain experience of working with young people for whom English is an additional language.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

Your degree subject should be in social sciences 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

The Invictus and Haybridge SCITT Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training and have clear potential to become a teacher. High levels of resilience and self discipline are of paramount importance for successful completion of the programme. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you begin your training year.

Other requirements

International If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree. You will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country or countries that they have lived in for the past five years in order to satisfy the DBS checks.

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees are £9250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and/or a means tested maintenance grant via the Student Loan Company. There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website:-

About the training provider

Invictus Education is a well regarded value driven Trust located in the heart of the West Midlands, holding young people at the centre of everything that we do. Our Trust is made up of six secondary schools, one primary school with nursery provision, a sixth form and two alternative provisions. In all of our educational settings, our value one prevails: ‘Every day, in every way, our students come first’. All of our schools will provide school-based placements for the training year recruited. We exist through our mission to provide our schools with the resources to offer independent minded education to our communities. Our academic focus is on progress which is achievable through exceptional teaching delivered by outstanding teachers, supported by outstanding teams. In every step of our journey, we identify our aspiration and put processes in place to exceed expectations ‘starting with the end in mind’, our value number six. At Invictus we encourage our staff and students to ‘seek and seize opportunities’. Training teachers is imperative to our success. We focus on subject knowledge and pedagogy, expert mentorship and offer enriched pathways through our Trust people development programme, allowing us ‘to grow our own’ Throughout the course a weekly programme of professional studies workshops are delivered by experts at Haybridge SCITT. The programme addresses the development needs each trainee. This stimulating programme of professional and subject studies explores the philosophy of education and the pedagogy associated with the teaching of a subject. We look forward to meeting you.

Interview process

During the day, we assess different skills via various tasks. Skills assessed through individual tasks:

Time management and organisation Subject Knowledge Learners and their progress Articulacy Core Skills

Skills are graded 1, 2, 3 or 4 with 1 being the highest. Scores are examined as part of the decision process and used to identify areas where candidates offered a place may need additional support.

Formal interview: 30 minutes with SCITT Director/Assistant Director To evaluate applicants’ rationale for wanting to become a teacher and suitability to carry out the role. Skills being assessed: resilience/flexibility/articulacy/core skills.

Planning and Teaching Activity: Applicants prepare and deliver a 20 minute activity on a specific topic to a subject specialist. Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/would learners make sufficient progress within the lesson, articulate/core skills

Subject knowledge interview: Focuses on applicants’ subject knowledge together with the ability to engage and inspire. Skills being assessed: subject knowledge/articulacy. 20 minutes

Presentation: To undertake a ten minute presentation with a member of Staff on the subject of “What makes an outstanding Teacher?” Skills being assessed: time management and organisation/articulacy/core skills.

English Task: To assess applicants’ fundamental literacy skills and ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information. Skills being assessed: time management/articulacy/core skills. 40 minutes

Mathematics Task: To assess applicants’ fundamental numeracy skills and ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information. Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/core skills 30 minutes

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 strive to promote equal opportunities within Invictus Education Trust and we have full access for people with all types of disabilities.

As a Trust we are committed to ensuring that throughout our recruitment and selection process, no applicant will be disadvantaged or discriminated against because of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

We offer bespoke support to cater for any physical, mental or learning disabilities dependent upon the needs of each trainee.

Accommodation is not available through Invictus Education Trust and trainees will be expected to find their own accommodation for the duration of the course.

Invictus Education Trust does not have child care facilities.

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Support and advice

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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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