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Quantock Teaching Alliance English (3B9F)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://quantockta.co.uk

Contents

About the course

Our Secondary English PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Our staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of English teaching. We train you to be critical and creative, and to become educational leaders in your own right! Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/english/#L8j45DyLERwEPp13.99 The programme has three fully integrated components:

Secondary Education and Professional Studies Module The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society.

Secondary Professional Learning Module Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the standards of professional competence which trainees must demonstrate in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.

Secondary English Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Module The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of English and Drama in the secondary school, and to enable them to achieve QTS. In addition, the module seeks to nurture reflective and autonomous professional practitioners who are able to identify strengths and areas for development in their subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory.

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/english/#L8j45DyLERwEPp13.99

School placements

We work with a variety of local secondary schools and an outstanding local college to provide placements that will give students a rounded, engaging and fulfilling experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Most successful applicants have 2:1 degrees in English (Literature or Language), Linguistics, Drama, Cultural/Media Studies, Film or Journalism. For Drama, Media Studies, Film and Journalism, we also require a good A-level English grade (or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applicants with other Humanities/Social Sciences degrees. It is helpful if several modules in that degree are strongly relevant to English. A high A-level English literature/language grade is required if the degree route is less conventional with a secure and broad knowledge of English literature and language. Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.

Personal qualities

Successful applicants will have a strong academic track record and will be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching English. You will possess a high level of individuality, independence and initiative alongside a commitment to developing learners who are creative and critical students of English. In addition, you will be able to build strong and effective relationships with students and professional colleagues and will have good interpersonal skills.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,500

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages

About the training provider

We are delighted to be working with the University of Exeter to offer School Direct training from our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater (https://www.haygroveschool.co.uk/)

Set in the heart of Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our training route provides a fantastic opportunity for students to study their taught PGCE programme as part of the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provision at St Luke’s Campus at the University of Exeter. The rest of the training takes place in the classroom, learning from teachers and working directly with pupils from the outset.

We work with a range of primary and secondary schools and a local ‘Outstanding’ college to ensure students have as diverse experience. Our schools range from urban (town) to rural (small church schools) as well contacts with special schools and a 6th form colleges.

Although our offer and our partnership with Exeter will remain the same, we may be proceeding in the 2021-2021 year under the name of Quantock Education Trust.

About the accredited body

The university of Exeter are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. They recruit excellent trainees who relish the opportunity to gain a strong grounding in the field of education to complement their knowledge of the subject/s they teach, whilst gaining substantial experience in the classroom via the Exeter Model of ITE

Interview process

Interviews take place at our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater, Somerset. Interview procedures have been amended to fit with covid 19 requirements.

As part of your interview you will be asked to

  1. Observe a recorded lesson episode and show the ability to reflect on those observations during a Teaching and Learning task.
  2. Undergo a formal interview with a section to deliver a pre-prepared presentation.
  3. Participate in a Teaching and Learning task with reflection on the observation clip as well as sharing a Teaching and Learning artefact.
  4. Completion of a Literacy task using google forms.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessaAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help. Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

Contact this training provider

Email
Mjfrost@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Telephone
01278455531
Website
http://quantockta.co.uk
Address
Quantock Teaching Alliance
Haygrove School
Durleigh Road
Bridgwater
TA6 7HW

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