University of Chester Art and Design (W1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www1.chester.ac.uk/education-and-childrens-services/postgraduate-courses

Contents

About the course

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ status by Ofsted, credited with delivering “high levels of academic and pastoral care” - Ofsted Report 2016.

We offer two routes: the Core (University-led) Route, and the School Direct Route.

The Core (University-led) Route is a one-year, full-time course that leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary). Successful completion also results in the completion of three M level modules which may be used towards a Master’s degree.

For the School Direct Route, we work with a number of leading partnership schools to educate teachers. The professional aims of our School Direct courses are to produce high-quality teachers who are committed to learning, and are open-minded, creative and reflective in their practice. The course comprises two main elements:

  • 60 professional learning days
  • 120 (minimum) school-based learning days

The intention of School Direct is for leading schools to recruit and educate candidates in subject and age phases most in need of employment and choose how the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme should be delivered in partnership with the University.

During the Art and Design course (Core and School Direct routes), you will learn how to encourage young people’s understanding of art and design through your subject specialism. The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements.

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials, and is assessed through assignments and directed activities.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching, and is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

You will be expected to undertake 10 independent preparation and consolidation study hours (minimum) per week for the University course, in addition to full teaching days when on placement.

School placements

We have approximately 500 schools that we partner with. The schools you will be teaching in are selected on the basis of their ability to offer:

  • good support to trainee teachers; and
  • an Ofsted report that shows ‘Good’ teaching is in place.

The age range you will be teaching will be 11 to 18 years old.

You will have a minimum of two mainstream placements, as well as additional enrichment placements.

Your travel from home to your school will take no more (and usually less) than 1 hour 15 minutes.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Candidates must be able to show a broad range of artistic skills using a range of media. Candidates subject knowledge should incorporate critical, contextual awareness of contemporary artists.

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.

Personal qualities

We encourage Art and Design trainees to be:

  • enthusiastic and confident in the classroom
  • pedagogically skilful and adaptable
  • specialists in the teaching of Art and Design: demonstrating practical skills and a knowledge of subject history
  • able to see their subject in the context of the whole curriculum
  • competent in a number of areas that cross secondary school curriculum boundaries
  • able to work as part of a team.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The University of Chester is an outstanding provider of teacher education, and one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK. We started teacher training in 1839, and since then the University has developed and evolved to the modern, innovative institution it is today, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its education.

Our Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ status in its most recent Ofsted report (Ofsted Report 2016), for its secondary programmes and all 3-7 and 5-11 primary/primary-early years programmes. The Faculty has extensive links to schools within the region, and offer a huge range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses for those involved or interested in education, teaching and children’s services.

Students can benefit from a range of subject specific facilities designed to bring learning to life; high-quality learning facilities and an on-campus library, housing an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as computer suites and multi-media rooms.

Our experienced team of staff work hard to help you realise your potential through a variety of teaching methods, including practice placements. So whether you’re studying as part of your career development, or retraining towards a new career, our staff and on-campus facilities aim to provide you with a safe and professional environment to hone your skills.

Interview process

During the PGCE interview process, the course tutors will be looking for a wide range of qualities that would make you a good teacher. These qualities include a passion for teaching, confidence, resilience, adaptability and good communication skills to name just a few. In preparation for your interview, you may wish to develop your understanding of current educational issues as well as those relating specifically to your subject area. On the day we will be looking for your enthusiasm for teaching young people and your ability to reflect on your experiences of education.

The interview process will be used to determine your suitability for teaching and includes

  • an introduction to the course,
  • identity checks,
  • a short presentation of a teaching task relating to your subject,
  • a subject knowledge activity,
  • an individual interview.

You may also be asked to complete a group activity if applicable to your subject.

All candidates will be sent further information about what will be expected prior to the interview date.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability and Inclusion look to fully support all types of disabilities or impairments on a case by case basis to ensure the individual’s needs are reviewed accordingly. We endeavour to provide an inclusive learning and teaching environment, in which all students can achieve their potential. This inclusive environment looks at the way in which courses are run, the accessibility of resources and materials, assessment types and support available with professional placements. Examples of inclusive practice would include accessible buildings, lecture information being made available two days prior to learning, presentations being consistent and easy to follow (colours, text formats etc.) and optional study skills seminars or sessions that students can attend.

We are very aware of the complex needs some students may have, such as students with mobility difficulties or visual impairments. We are able to advise these students on the support available through government organisations and specific reasonable adjustments the University are able to put in place, if barriers to learning are still present. Examples could include accessible formats for reading materials, text to speech software, extra time in examinations, alternative seating, ground floor lectures or height adjustment desks.

Student Futures Support pride their selves on the quality of the support that they provide students.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@chester.ac.uk
Telephone
01244511000
Website
https://www1.chester.ac.uk/education-and-childrens-services/postgraduate-courses
Address
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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