Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle Art and Design (3CB5)

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

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
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
https://www.qegs.lincs.sch.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This PGCE course prepares you to teach Art & Design in either the 11-16 (with post-16 enhancement) or 14-19 age phases. It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

The BGU Secondary Art and Design PGCE will equip you to become an outstanding secondary school teacher. You will be encouraged to engage creatively and critically with a wide range of practices, debates, and current issues. Your school-based art mentor will provide ongoing developmental feedback, and help you to practically apply your thinking and learning about art and design pedagogy. You will have access to BGU’s dedicated art facilities, including kilns for glass and ceramics, printing press, metalworking, ICT, and studio space. You will develop your own practice as an artist/designer during the year, both through continued attention to your own specialism and by expanding your skills and experiences through a range of workshops.

You will consider the broader aspects of teaching, contexts for learning, the latest government initiatives and contemporary issues in teaching, learning and assessment. You will also work alongside trainee teachers of other subjects to consider cross-curricular aspects of education. These topics will introduce you to your career in the teaching profession. Throughout your year of study, you will explore all aspects of your subject. This includes those areas that are your strengths, as well as areas you may need to improve upon. You will study how pupils learn in your subject area, how you need to assess them and how to keep abreast of new developments within your subject.

Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 11-16-year-olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of the key stages before and after the ones in which you will qualify.

This course is demanding and stimulating. We aim for you to be prepared to take responsibility for your own learning, be open to creative and innovative ideas, and be competent, reflective practitioners both in your training year and beyond. Success on the course means you will have completed a postgraduate (with 60 credits at Masters level) or professional graduate qualification, have met all the Qualified Teacher Status Standards and be ready to start the next year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Find out more here: https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/course/pgcesecart/

School placements

You will spend a significant part of the year in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences. The School Direct Route generally involves working in a base school with an additional placement in an alternative school or setting, normally for at least six weeks.

These placements take place alongside training which is based within the Cluster, together with regular University-based training across the year, including completion of two academic modules.

You will be supported through your journey by School Based Mentors and also by University Based Mentors, regularly discussing your practice and monitoring progress through lesson observations and the collecting of evidence to demonstrate meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Tutors also offer pastoral support to help you manage your workload and well being.

You will work alongside mentors in school to develop confidence, knowledge and skills, gradually taking more responsibility for managing behaviour, planning and teaching lessons across the curriculum and assessing pupil progress.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in art and design 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.

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

Applicants should typically have 50% of their degree in the subject they intend to teach.

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.

For full details of the qualifications we accept as equivalent to GCSEs and details of the equivalency tests that we accept, please visit https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/apply-now/gcses-equivalency

Personal qualities

Applicants must show enthusiasm and confidence for the subject, a commitment to teaching and possess a genuine desire to enhance the learning experiences of all young people. Applicants must have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team, show good interpersonal skills and have a sense of humour. Good communication and organisational skills are essential.

Other requirements

Please note that prior School-based experience is not a statutory requirement for applicants but such school-based experience is of course welcomed and encouraged.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,280

About the training provider

We are an alliance of schools, and other partners, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. The School Direct teacher training route is led by Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, working in partnership with local schools and Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU).

The School Direct teacher training programme with Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School is an excellent opportunity for graduates and career changers to join the teaching profession. School Direct is a route into teaching that places school-led training at the heart of the experience.

The Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School programme is primary and secondary age focused with a 3-11 and 11-18 pathway. On our School Direct teacher training programme, you’ll be given in-depth experience in the classroom. You will be based in one of the schools in the partnership and you’ll also be taught by BGU, attending lectures and seminars to bolster your hands-on experience with theories. In addition, away from the classroom, you’ll receive practical training sessions from SLEs, experienced teachers and the teams across our alliance of schools.

We recommend that you train to teach with Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and partners as we provide opportunities for varied placements in great schools, we have a strong partnership with BGU, a university recognised for teaching excellence and we offer a wide range of experts to provide practical help and support.

About the accredited body

The accredited provider for the Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School School Direct programme is Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU).

BGU has been educating students in the historic heart of Lincoln for over 150 years. The beautiful campus is located just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the old Roman city.

BGU demonstrates a commitment to first-class teacher training and provides schools across the country with highly-skilled graduates who are equipped to teach the next generation of young learners.

The latest Graduate Outcomes survey shows that BGU is 3rd in the UK for graduate employability when compared to non-specialist universities.

Interview process

The majority of the School Direct Course is based in class, in school, learning alongside experienced mentors and outstanding teachers. Applicants for the School Direct Route apply directly to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. Whilst the process is overseen by the Admissions department at BGU, applicants are interviewed by Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. You will then be allocated placements in schools which are part of, or that work with, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. This means that schools within the cluster can be directly involved in selecting trainees who will become part of their staff team.

Once shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. The interview tasks include; an assessment of classroom proficiency through a short lesson observation, followed by a formal panel interview.

The purpose of the interview is for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. Once the interview has taken place the panel will discuss how they can best support you in becoming an outstanding teacher and which one of our schools are best placed to help you achieve.

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

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and partners believe that teachers with disabilities and other needs, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. The schools that we work with value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. Therefore, applicants with disabilities and other needs are encouraged to apply. The School Direct Route makes the most of in-school mentoring, offering close support for trainees.

We recognise that trainees may require additional assistance to engage fully with their studies due to a range of access needs. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact us – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Contact this training provider

Email
SAddisV@qegs.lincs.sch.uk
Telephone
01507522465
Website
https://www.qegs.lincs.sch.uk/
Address
West Street
Horncastle
Lincolnshire
LN9 5AD

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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