Redwell Primary School
PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship
- Accredited body
- London Metropolitan University
- Financial support
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
About the course
As an apprentice, you’ll work mostly in your own school (sponsor school), where you will be employed on the unqualified teacher rate (UQT).
The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching; an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering participants a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while they learn.
Our apprentices have achieved very achieve highly: in its first year of running, our trainees were all graded Outstanding in their teaching practice and almost all gained distinctions in the academic work. All have continued in employment in their schools. This exciting and challenging route is the perfect preparation for your teaching career.
You’ll work mostly in your own school and will undertake another placement in a contrasting setting and key stage, giving you a variety of hands-on experience. You will have 20% guaranteed off-the-job training, split between university days and school-based training tasks.
This is a Level 6 (degree level) course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our apprentices also undertake a Level 7 (Master’s Level) PGCE. This structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice and to examine the underlying principles and values around education. This course has two modules designed to help you develop an understanding of your future role as a primary school teacher:
The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.
The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module gives you an understanding of the broader contexts and a framework for meeting the needs of all the children you’ll teach, linking to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),
Throughout your year, your school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in in the classroom. The latter will also teach your university sessions, ensuring there is continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you will reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.
LMU training is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support apprentices receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)
Potential applicants are required to be employed as a full-time unqualified teacher (UQT) and paid according to the UQT scale at point 1 or higher. You may already be employed in the school in which you will train, or you may join the school deliberately because it is part of the Teacher Apprentice Scheme.
All applications are handled by LMU. Once received, your application will be checked and assessed to confirm your suitability.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview at 5 Wells Development Centre in Wellingborough.
Once you’re interviewed we will normally confirm the decision through UCAS within one week. If you’re offered a place we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.
If you’re unsuccessful at any stage the decision will be communicated through UCAS. We do try to indicate a reason in UCAS why we have not been able to offer a place.
If you have any queries relating to your application you should contact the Admissions Office at London
How school placements work
Apprentices will work with a variety of year groups ranging from Reception to Year 6 during the programme.
The majority placement will be within the apprentice’s own school with a 6 weeks element at another school in an alternative key stage.
Schools are required to provide 20% non teaching time to include PPA and professional development.
20 x face to face sessions with a university quality assured trainer will be held at 5 Wells Development Centre, usually on alternate Fridays.
Schools will be required to provide a mentor to support the apprentice for the duration of the programme.
Apprentices are employed on the Unqualified Teacher Scale, which is fixed according to where you live: Inner London, Outer London, London Fringe or National. The cost of training is met through the Apprenticeship Levy, leaving you with nothing to pay.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
The minimum entry requirements are as follows:
- UK degree (normally grade 2.2 or equivalent),
- GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent),
- GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent),
- GCSE Science grade C or above (or equivalent),
- Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate
- LMU Health Check and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach
- Literacy and Numeracy tests. These are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at interview.
If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.
We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring apprentices. As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work and your specialism. You will have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people’s lives and futures. Ideally, you:
- are able to express why you want to teach.
- have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised.
- have participated on the School Experience Programme.
- can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement.
The interview process will include a series of tasks aimed at assessing your ability and appropriateness for the course. This will include a presentation to other applicants, an individual interview and a series of online and hand-written tasks. Apprentices are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.
Please note, if you receive an offer, we will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. before you are able to enrol on the course. It is usually possible to order duplicates if these are lost.
About the training provider
5 Wells work collaboratively with schools enabling us to offer a broad variety of experience to our Apprentices.
High quality, value for money whole school training is at the core of our offer.
About the accredited body
LMU provide an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. Its innovative and inspiring courses are delivered by knowledgeable industry professionals - employment and completion rates above national average.
A recent Ofsted report (2016) acknowledged the “inclusive, welcoming and open ethos”, saying that the “culture created by leaders combined with the tailored and personalised, pastoral support enables trainees to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.”
“The strong moral imperative, instilled by leaders with passion in their work, permeates all aspects of the partnership.”
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to be inclusive in our practice and welcome applications from everyone. We can offer support both at interview stage and once students have enrolled. London Metropolitan University has a dedicated service to support students with disabilities, long-term medical or mental health conditions or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia.
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5 Wells Development Centre
Redwell Primary School, Barnwell Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 5LQ
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