Quantock Teaching Alliance
Religious Education (3B9R)

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

Our Secondary RE PGCE course is highly respected nationally and is led by tutors who are experienced practitioners with international research profiles. We offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. We train you to be critical and creative, and to become educational leaders in your own right!

The Secondary PGCE RE course at the University of Exeter is one of the largest in the country. The course is highly respected nationally and is led by tutors who are experienced practitioners with international research profiles.

Key features include:

high employment rates access to outstanding practitioners (including Heads of RE in partner schools) research led teaching opportunities to enhance subject knowledge a strong focus on the relationship between theory and practice practical tasks designed to develop classroom practice

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/re/#CF2ib8kIkfBUtoWh.99

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

The usual entry requirement for this course is an Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Theology and/or Religious Studies. Applicants with different degrees and relevant professional experience are considered, particularly if those degrees are in Philosophy or Sociology and applicants are willing to extend their subject knowledge by attending a subject knowledge booster course or completing additional modules in Theology or Religious Studies at HE level as required. Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.

Personal qualities

A passion for teaching and learning and inspiring young people.

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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Location Vacancies Code
Quantock Education Trust
Quantock Teaching Alliance, Haygrove School, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 7HW
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