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Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT) Primary (2WT9)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.cornwallscitt.org
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Contents

Course summary

The course is a one year full-time course, which runs from September through to July, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees will also complete a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). This is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University, and is assessed by the submission of 3 assignments. The final award is equal to 60 credits at Level 7 (masters level). The course covers the age range 3 to 7 years although trainees also spend a short time in a Key Stage 2 class.

Trainees are assigned a trained school based trainer within each school that they are placed. This person is responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need within the school.

A trainee’s progress is assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching and written work.

Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class during the academic year. The course will produce qualified teachers who are competent and reflective across Early Years and Key Stage 1.

School placements

We work with over 70 schools across the county. This usually enables us to place trainees within a 30 minute drive from home.

Trainees on this course complete their Autumn term placement in a Foundation Stage class and their Spring term placement in a Key Stage 1 class in a different school. During the Summer term, trainees usually return to the same Foundation Stage class as they were placed in during the Autumn term.

During Spring trainees can apply to take part in an enhanced placement. These take place in special schools, area resource bases, pupil referral units and nursery schools. Enhanced placements aim to extend a trainee’s experience in a particular area of interest or need. Applications are carefully considered by the Course Leaders.

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.

Candidates will be expected to use a third party and pay any fees liable.

Personal qualities

  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm to teaching in the primary age range.
  • Be able to clearly articulate appropriate reasons for wanting to teach primary children.
  • High level of motivation and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

Other requirements

As part of our commitment to safer recruitment, all successful candidates will undergo the full range of safeguarding checks, including their health & physical capacity to teach.

For those who have spent more than 3 months working or living abroad you may be required to gain a letter of good conduct or a workplace reference.

We are expected to make an assessment of fundamental English and mathematics knowledge before QTS is awarded. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support from the training provider

Cornwall SCITT trainees are highly likely to be eligible for Student Finance support. As part of our access to learning fund, we may be able to support those in financial hardship with course-related costs incurred during training. We also offer a termly contribution to all trainees with a household income lower than £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance.

About the training provider

Cornwall SCITT is an outstanding provider of teacher training for Primary and Secondary teaching routes.

We are deeply committed to ensuring the very best outcome for our student teachers and for the young people of Cornwall. Our training programmes reflect the unique needs of young people at all stages of their educational development, and value the importance of bespoke training to ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to successfully embark on a career in education. Central training for our Primary Course is delivered at Heartlands, near Redruth, and for our Secondary Course at Truro College. Most of the year is spent in schools, gaining first-hand experience with the support of experienced school-based trainers.

Cornwall SCITT was graded as outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection. Embedded in our approach is a strong relationship with local schools, and our reputation for providing outstanding training endorses our graduates to local employers. We are supported by specialists working within our partnership schools to ensure that our training reflects current best practice and continues to be innovative.

Visit the Cornwall SCITT Website

Interview process

During interview day candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of their potential to become an effective primary teacher and have an awareness of current issues in education.

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

Cornwall SCITT is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our management team, academic tutors, subject leaders and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a health and physical capacity to teach check.

For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Students can also access additional support through Student Finance’s Disabled Learning Allowance Scheme.

We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders can provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.

Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer an empathetic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.

Contact this training provider

Email
scitt@truro-penwith.ac.uk
Telephone
01872 305728
Website
http://www.cornwallscitt.org
Address
Truro College
College Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 3XX

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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