Quantock Teaching Alliance
Physical Education (3B9P)

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.

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

We offer education, training and support of the very highest standard, delivered by a team of experienced and inspirational tutors who are experts in their field. We provide excellent opportunities for students to further their sport specialism in one of the finest universities for sport in the UK (Exeter is ranked 5th in the UK for British Universities & Colleges Sport).

Physical Education at Exeter is widely recognised as a leading PE course nationally. The PE cohort is an academically able group and employability rates are exceptionally high. Within the first 5 years of teaching, the majority of our trainees take on leadership roles, such as Head of Department or Head of Year and complete their Master’s Degree in Education.

The PE course is constantly evolving and changing to take account of: (a) the latest empirical research and government policy initiatives in teacher education both in PE and the wider educational landscape, (b) internal quality assurance measures such as trainee evaluations, school-based teachers’ evaluations, peer reviews and, (c) external quality assurance health checks, such as recent Ofsted inspection findings, external examiner’s reports to keep the course vital, stimulating and moving forward.

The PE course includes university taught lectures, practical/workshop-based sessions, directed study tasks, assignments and school experience to prepare traine.es to inform, inspire and engage the diverse needs of young people in the 21st century and withstand the demands of the modern day PE teacher.

The course is constantly evolving and changing to take account of: (a) the latest research both in PE and the wider educational landscape, (b) internal quality assurance mechanisms such as student teacher evaluations, school-based teachers’ evaluations, peer reviews and, (c) external quality assurance mechanisms such as recent Ofsted inspection findings, external examiner’s reports to keep the course vital, stimualting and moving forward.

Trainees will develop a secure knowledge and understanding of:

(a) Content: a wide variety of physical activities comprising the National Curriculum for PE (i.e. athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor & adventurous activities & swimming), including fitness, health, BTEC and GCSE and A level theory and practice.

(b) Pedagogy: how to transform this knowledge of activities and topics in ways that makes them comprehensible to learners

(c) Learners: different types of learners (e.g. gifted & talented, SEN/D, obese, reluctant/disengaged, EAL)

(d) Learning: theories of how learners learn (e.g. Vygotsky’s Social Constructivist theory)

(e) Curriculum: the National Curriculum for PE in England.

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.

How school placements work

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. All of our schools are within Somerset, including Bridgwater, Taunton and West Somerset.

Fees

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

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

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

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants are normally expected to have

  • a C/4 grade or above (or equivalent) in PE at GCSE and/or A level
  • a 2:1 Honours degree (or higher) in a sport-related undergraduate degree
  • a valid and current one-day first aid certificate (i.e. Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate)
  • a valid and current pool lifeguard qualification (i.e. National Pool Lifeguard Qualification).
  • At least one coaching course successfully completed in a game which you are weak/deficient in

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 PE. You will possess strong organisational skills, enthusiasm and resilience alongside a commitment to becoming a reflective practitioner. 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.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.

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

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 details

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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