Creative Education Trust Religious education (B498)

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

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
August 2023
Website
https://www.creativeeducationtrust.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

This course is supported by University of Warwick and prepares you to teach Religious Education to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Religious Education as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Religious Education teachers.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

School placements

You will work within the Creative Education Trust at one of our secondary schools in Coventry, Northamptonshire or Milton Keynes.

The School Direct route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (half a term) in a contrasting school.

This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing you to contribute significantly to the life of your main school.

We ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane, Coventry, CV7 9AH
Yes
Milton Keynes Academy
Fulwoods Drive, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 5LA
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Should your degree not be in the subject for which you are applying to teach, you will require a minimum of a Grade C at A level in that subject in order to meet the requirement for recommendation to a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Your degree subject should be in religious 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.

You may be asked to complete University of Warwick equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Other requirements

Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.

Applicants must also obtain:

An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.

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 £22,110

Fees are for 2023/24 academic year and subject to change.

Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

About the training provider

Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Our teacher training ethos echoes our commitment to the young people in our schools: to promote creative, integrated and pro-active thinking, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. We work in partnership with a number of ITE providers to ensure that we are able to offer opportunities in a broad range of subjects throughout our geographically diverse Trust schools.

Creative Education Trust is committed to offering trainee teachers the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues. Whilst we are unable to guarantee employment, historically 100% of our graduating School Direct trainees have been employed in Trust schools and continue to be supported in their development through the Early Career Framework.

If you would like to explore opportunities to join us, we currently offer School Direct training at the following schools:

Ash Green School (Coventry), Wrenn School (Wellingborough), Weavers Academy (Wellingborough), Abbeyfield School (Northampton), Milton Keynes Academy (MK), Ellis Guilford School (Nottingham), Bulwell Academy (Nottingham), Lynn Grove Academy (Great Yarmouth), and Caister Academy (Great Yarmouth).

Should you wish to spend a day in school prior to submitting your application, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

About the accredited body

The qualification gained on our School Direct programme is the same University of Warwick, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as that gained by students on the more traditional University-led teacher training programme and has judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted (2015) The University of Warwick has been placed 6th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and has been named by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 as the University of the year for Teaching Quality.

Interview process

Candidates will receive details of their interview directly from the school. Interviews typically consist of:

  • A short lesson on a topic relevant to the class group selected (details will be provided on invitation to interview).
  • A short test to assess the candidates competency to process data and ability to work to the level expected for PGCE.
  • An interview with the Head of Department & the Lead ITT Mentor

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@creativeeducationtrust.org.uk
Telephone
07842314726
Website
https://www.creativeeducationtrust.org.uk
Address
Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane
Coventry
West Midlands
CV7 9AH

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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