University of Brighton Dance (W5X1)

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

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.brighton.ac.uk

Contents

Course summary

Learn about this course at our online event on 23 November. Find out more and book your place.

You will graduate from our Dance 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 you will benefit from a range of course features which include:

  • access to our two dance studios one of which seats an audience of 150
  • enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase
  • opportunities to work with and choreograph for the universities undergraduate all male and all female dance groups
  • take part in our Inclusive Sports Day and teach dance to children with special education needs
  • be partnered with a mentor in school who is an expert in dance
  • a small cohort with round the clock support!

See full details of this course on the University of Brighton website.

School placements

As a trainee teacher on our initial teacher training courses you will have multiple opportunities to put your teaching theory into practice.

You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based training during your course. For secondary courses this is split into two phases approximately 16 weeks and 11 weeks long.

You will spend time in two contrasting schools to ensure you gain varied and valuable experiences. We have partnerships with over 600 schools and colleges in the South East offering opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings.

School-based training is organised on your behalf by our Partnership Office. At the start of your course you will complete a placement information form which will help us match you with suitable school settings. We will take into account your previous experience, the distance from your home and any individual needs such as caring responsibilities. We aim to minimise your travelling time to placement and wherever possible keep it under 40 minutes.

Our staff will ensure that you are well prepared for each phase of school-based training, and that you have all the support and guidance you need to make the most of these opportunities. We run bespoke sessions to guide you through the expectations of school-based training and provide thorough guidance in handbooks.

Trainees consistently evaluate their school-based training highly and Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of our courses, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.

You can find out more about school-based training on our website.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

We require an Honours degree in a relevant subject. 50% of your modules must be in dance.

Your degree subject should be in dance 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.

Please refer to our website for up to date information on accepted providers and qualifications.

(https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/applying-to-brighton/undergraduate/entry-requirements/gcse-equivalence-tests/index.aspx)

Other requirements

As part of our commitment to safer recruitment, all firm offer holders will be required to complete a satisfactory Suitability Declaration, DBS and Overseas Police check plus Occupational Health Questionnaire.

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 £14,748

About the training provider

The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of education and teacher training. We have a long-established reputation for high quality courses and have been educating teachers and other professionals for over 100 years. We were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018 for early years, primary and secondary initial teacher training.

As one of the leading initial teacher training providers in the country, our strength lies with our school-led partnership, one that works to ensure trainee teachers receive the best possible support and education. Through our partnership we work closely with over 600 schools and colleges in the region who provide high quality school-based training opportunities.

Our specialist facilities include the Curriculum Centre which houses more than 30,000 specialist resources for trainee teachers.

We’re in the in the top 15 in the UK for education courses, The Times League Tables 2022, and top 20 in England, Complete University Guide 2022.

Our students develop the skills and knowledge needed to be great educators, able to change our societies for the better. Employment rates for our students are consistently above the sector average and they are highly sought by our partner schools.

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

If you have a disability, long-term health condition or a specific learning difficulty, we will do everything we can to make sure you have equal opportunities to learn and take part in all aspects of student life.

We have a dedicated team who will support you, and facilities and equipment to help you make the most of university.

You can find out more about how we can support you on our website. You can also email us: disability@brighton.ac.uk or call us: 01273 643799.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@brighton.ac.uk
Telephone
01273 644644
Website
https://www.brighton.ac.uk
Address
Mithras House
Lewes Road
Brighton
Brighton and Hove
BN2 4AT

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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