Surrey Downs Partnership Physical education (H187)

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

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.surreydownspartnership.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

About the course You will graduate from our Physical Education PGCE equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent secondary school teacher. Content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice. There are four strands to this course:

  • subject study/subject education
  • education studies
  • school-based training
  • professional development. Studying at our Eastbourne campus with us you will benefit from a range of features which include:
  • an alternative approach to teaching physical education, emphasising physical activities and non-traditional team games alongside the usual competitive team games
  • enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase
  • access to extensive sports facilities including six badminton court-sized sports halls, two gymnasiums, plus a fitness suite, Astro turf pitch and swimming pool
  • opportunities to be involved in inclusive sport festivals, outdoor adventure days and out-of-school-hours activities for local primary school pupils such as swimming, lifestyle activities, trampolining and gymnastics
  • the opportunity to organise group activities which reflect contemporary expectations of physical education teachers and the individual needs of pupils from diverse backgrounds. See full details of this course on the University of Brighton website.

School placements

There are two school placements. The main one at the host school until February half term, then the second school placement is 6 weeks at a partner school.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Carrington School
Noke Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4AD
Yes
Oxted School
Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0AB
Yes
Reigate College
Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SD
Yes
Royal Alexandra & Albert School
Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0TD
Yes
The Ashcombe School
The Ashcombe School, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1LY
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in physical education 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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
International students £14,000

About the training provider

The Surrey Downs Partnership is a group of 6 schools/colleges in South East Surrey working in collaboration with the Universities of Sussex and Brighton to provide high-quality teacher Initial Teacher Training. We provide excellent opportunities, offering placements in a range of subjects and across a number of phases in education; from primary right through to sixth form and post 16 education.

We have a very successful and long-standing tradition of working with these schools and universities and have been fortunate enough to offer permanent employment to many of our school direct trainees over some 8 years.

The model for training that we follow will primarily focus on training in the classroom, supplemented by regular focused training days delivered by outstanding practitioners. We believe it is important to be in an innovative environment where you are supported and challenged to reach your potential. We believe this will give a rich and varied experience to prepare you for a highly successful teaching career.

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

We welcome applications from people who consider themselves to be disabled.

Contact this training provider

Email
donaldson.juliette@surreydownspartnership.org.uk
Telephone
01306 886312
Website
http://www.surreydownspartnership.org.uk
Address
The Ashcombe School
Dorking
Surrey
RH4 1LY

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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