Chiltern Training Group Primary (3CL3)

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.ctg.ac.uk

Contents

Course summary

You will be based in school and treated as a member of the teaching staff right at the start of the new school term in September. On Mondays weekly academic and professional lectures take place in our lead school Challney High School for Boys in Luton.

Classroom Practice will form part of your central training where we will take you through aspects of classroom focused learning that will impact on your practical delivery in school.

Professional Practice sessions are centrally delivered where professional aspect to teaching are taught. Sessions are led by excellent and proven staff from partner schools and a variety of other education experts and will provide an induction into the major dimensions of the education debate and foster a whole school/whole curriculum perspective on the role of the teacher.

Subject Practice strand focuses on learning how to teach subject content to pupils and to improve their subject knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. Sessions are led by expert practitioners. The format includes workshops, seminars, learning through case studies and practical work. These are run weekly after school.

The PGCE content for trainees who have opted to take the PGCE academic award will be run on the assignment focus areas. These will be useful to all trainees as the learning can be applied to teaching practice in general. Some sessions will be specifically about writing at level 7 and PGCE specific details. Three assignments are set across the year in November, March and May.

School placements

We work with many primary and middle schools across Luton and central Bedfordshire.

Our course is 40 weeks long. The Autumn Term is spent in your base school with a contrasting school placement in the Spring Term. You will then return to your base school for the Summer Term to complete the course. During this time you will have the opportunity to gain experience in primary and sixth form settings.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Stoneygate Rd, Luton , LU4 9TJ
Yes
The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership
Pix Brook Academy, Arlesey Road, Stotfold, SG5 4HB
Yes
The Shire Foundation
Hillborough Road, Luton, Befordshire, LU1 5EZ
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

  • A passion for working with children
  • Confidence
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Understanding
  • Enthusiasm
  • A sense of humour
  • Dedication to excellence
  • Strong command of English both orally and written
  • The ability to communicate in a range of different ways

Other requirements

  • Enhanced DBS Clearance with Update Service

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Chiltern Training Group (CTG) is an outstanding provider (Ofsted, 2014) of school centred initial teacher training based in Luton. It has a long heritage of training teachers and we have been at the forefront of school centred initial teacher training for over 25 years. We have a strong partnership with The Acorn Training Group and together with its’ family of schools, brings a wealth of expertise at primary level. We are part of the Chiltern Teaching School Hub.

We offer

  • Outstanding, personalised, high quality training
  • Training facilitated by experts in their subjects and chosen areas
  • Fantastic mentoring and school-based support
  • A blended learning experience where theory and practice merge
  • ‘Learning on the job’ to build skills and confidence
  • Excellent employment and professional development prospects

A full range of training routes are offered from primary aged 3 to secondary aged 18. We believe the best place to train teachers is in schools and have access to an incredible range of different settings. Lower and Primary schools in rural settings, primary multi-ethnic urban schools, middle schools, special schools, upper and secondary high schools as well as a dedicated sixth form college.

Interview process

Our interview process is designed to ensure that you have all the qualities that will be needed for us to train you to teach.

The first stage consists of a literacy and numeracy assessment, teaching task with self reflection and a discussion task.

If you are successful at the first stage then there will be a panel interview. At this stage secondary applicants may also sit a subject specific test to assess any need for subject knowledge enhancement.

We may also arrange for you to be interviewed in a school where you could be asked to teach a 20 minute lesson and have a brief panel interview.

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

We welcome applicants with disabilities and other needs and where possible reasonable adjustments will be made to carry out your duties and meet the standards of teaching effectively.

We pride ourselves in supporting trainees however small or large your concerns may be. Your teacher training programme will be personalised for you to reach your full potential. This includes a range of academic and professional support from the central team and your placement school as well as your mentor.

Contact this training provider

Email
recruitment@ctg.ac.uk
Telephone
01582 493 680
Website
https://www.ctg.ac.uk
Address
Company Secretary Chiltern Learning Trust c/o Denbigh High School
Alexandra Avenue
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU3 1HE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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