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Goldsmiths, University of London English (QX31)

PGCE with QTS part 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 18
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/

Contents

Course summary

The Secondary PGCE (QTS) Part Time programme is designed to take place over two academic years and is comprised of three modules.

  • Subject Studies (English)
  • Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
  • School Experience

This programme offers a balance of theory and practice giving a thorough grounding in all aspects of the teaching of English. You will learn how to make use of a wide range of teaching approaches through practical workshop sessions and seminars, and also through your direct involvement with culturally diverse London schools. By the time you are awarded QTS you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a responsible professional who can make positive and informed contributions to educational policy. The subject studies module will be assessed in year 1.

In Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education sessions you will be asked to consider issues relating to education, engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you’ll choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply. The SPIRE module will be assessed in year 2.

You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school, divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. You will also spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you’ll have a mix of lectures and small group seminars designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area. School Experience will be assessed across years 1 and 2.

Professional Studies underpins the course and is designed to prepare you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs.

In addition to the award of QTS, if you pass all academic elements, you’ll leave with 60 master’s level credits, equivalent to one third of a master’s degree. Academic support is provided to ensure you are prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.

PGCE Part-time English

School placements

This programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-19 age range.

We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.

You will have two extended placements which will be divided across the two years. Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme.

  • Please note that the second school experience will need to be completed on a full time basis.

In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in English 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 maths.

We accept equivalency tests, please contact Goldsmiths directly to confirm if the test you are planning to take is acceptable. We may be able to offer equivalency tests dependent on regulations relating to Covid 19 and would communicate this if you are offered a place. GCSE equivalencies

Personal qualities

In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban setting and have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.

You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.

Other requirements

You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we will expect you to have a clear understanding of some of the realities you will face in the classroom.

You will also need to fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £4,625.

Part Time: £4625 each year.

Financial support from the training provider

Scholarships and bursaries

About the training provider

Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a student teacher at Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. In the most recent Ofsted report it recognised the contribution we make stating:

“Goldsmiths, University of London has worked in close partnership with schools over many years to help meet a local need for high-quality teachers able to contribute quickly to the education of pupils in a predominantly urban setting. Head teachers say that trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) need to be able to ‘hit the ground running’. This is an attribute that Goldsmiths’ NQTs have in abundance.”

The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:

  • Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
  • Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
  • Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
  • Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.

Interview process

Interviews take place either at Goldsmiths or in one of our partnership schools.

The interview will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.

Activities at interview will include:

  • A written English test;
  • An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
  • An individual interview;
  • You will also complete a specific task that connects to the Teaching of English.

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

The Disability Service can help you to arrange any reasonable adjustments, equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. See the Disability Service web pages for more information. Disability Service

Contact this training provider

Email
course-info@gold.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7078 5300
Website
https://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/
Address
New Cross
Lewisham
London
SE14 6NW

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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