All Saints RC School History (39MP)

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

Accredited body
The University of York
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.allsaints.york.sch.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This course will prepare you to teach effectively at KS3 and KS4 (11-16), specialising in your subject area. During your PGCE, you will get to grips with up-to-date thinking and the latest research in teaching and learning. You’ll benefit from our expertise as a leading centre for curriculum development, professional training and research.

Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work collaboratively, sharing your experience, knowledge and technical expertise. Activities emphasise teamwork and require you to share the responsibility for your learning.

Throughout the course, you will be guided by mentors in your placement schools and supported by your university tutors.

School experience forms the backbone of the PGCE course and a large proportion of the training year is spent in placement schools. Trainees will complete a two-week primary school placement at the start of the course, a two-day per week placement in the first term, plus two four week teaching placement blocks in their first placement school and a nine week block teaching placement in a second school.

Trainees complete three Masters-level written assignments (one per term) during the PGCE course on themes such as lesson observation and teaching evaluation. This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits (each module is worth 20 credits), which you can put towards a Masters degree through accreditation for prior credited learning (APCL). The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required Teachers’ Standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves. Assessment is continuous, across all aspects of the course.

Our secondary PGCE programmes prepare trainees to teach across the 11-16 age range. As part of the Post-16 Enhancement we offer trainees a range of experiences to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching at Post 16.

In its most recent evaluation, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) awarded our PGCE programme a Grade 2: Good.

School placements

Over the course of the year you will undertake two school placements. These offer opportunities to learn from experienced teachers and hone your professional skills. You’ll spend time observing and supporting lessons, before moving on to teach lessons by yourself, building up to a 50% teaching timetable by the end of your first placement.

In your second placement you’ll take responsibility for teaching classes, supervised by an experienced teacher. You’ll gain experience teaching students of different ages and abilities, helping with assessment, coursework and examinations, as well as parents’ evenings and school outings.

Over your two placements you’ll have opportunities to observe, plan, teach and assess pupils at a wide range of attainment in Key Stage 3 and 4. You’ll also get some experience teaching at post-16 level.

You’ll be expected to get involved in wider school life by, for example, working as a form tutor, taking part in meetings, contributing to extracurricular activities and communicating with parents and carers.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in history 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

During our recruitment of PGCE candidates, we are looking for applicants who demonstrate a genuine passion for entering the teaching profession, an awareness of current education issues and enthusiasm for their subject. We are also looking for people who have excellent communication skills (spoken and written) and who are organised, reflective and adaptable.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all PGCE candidates will be required to:

  • Obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks for any countries where 12 months or more have been spent in the last ten years)
  • Complete an occupational health check
  • Meet the Department of Education’s English Language requirements (international students only)

We may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of your offer.

Fees and financial support

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

Overseas / EU students are classified as international students for fee purposes, as per government regulations.

About the training provider

All Saints is a successful, popular, high achieving and happy school located in the heart of the historic City of York, our split site school offers excellence in education. Steeped in history, we are immensely proud that our school is unique in its learning environment, its people and its ethos.

All Saints is recognised by Ofsted as “Outstanding” status. We are always seeking ways to improve further and are a ‘go to’ school, both regionally and nationally, for sharing effective practice, professional development and leadership formation. Our GCSE results are well ‘above average’ (P8 of 0.79) and our thriving Sixth Form’s results are in the top 10% (ALPs of 2). We are proud to be a Strategic Lead for School Direct, working together with partner schools, the University of York and York St John University.

We offer high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession. As a trainee teacher with us, you will have access to specialist training and the school and classroom experience to equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to become an excellent teacher.

If you would like further information and support, including arranging a School Experience Visit please contact one of our team who will be pleased to help you.

Interview process

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection process.

The selection process comprises of a range of activities including:

  • a briefing on the course structure
  • a short presentation regarding how you would use an item or artefact to enhance learning in a secondary classroom
  • a written task to test your subject knowledge
  • an individual panel interview

You will be interviewed by members of the PGCE team from the University and colleagues from partner organisations (e.g. current and former teachers, local authority partners, etc.) Full details of the selection arrangements will be supplied to all candidates invited to interview.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Our partners actively promote inclusivity and have a dedicated team who can advise and support students with a disability or long-term health condition. If you disclose any individual requirements, they will do their utmost to ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made so you can feel supported and able to fully engage with your PGCE course.

Examples of how they can offer support include:

  • working with you to find suitable school placements.
  • ensuring that you have a ‘Student Support Plan’ in place, if necessary, which will include any assessment requirements you may have (e.g. extra time in examinations).
  • providing learning materials and resources in accessible formats.
  • signposting to specialist colleagues who can advise about funding support for students with a disability.

Contact this training provider

Email
ITT@allsaints.york.sch.uk
Telephone
(01904) 545258
Website
http://www.allsaints.york.sch.uk/
Address
All Saints RC School
Mill Mount Lane
York
North Yorkshire
YO24 1BJ

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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