Alliance for Learning SCITT
Design and Technology (H522)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of design and technology. The SCITT offers trainees the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and experienced practitioners from day one of the course. Over 150 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training and audits will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the design and technology curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4. Trainee timetables are designed to increase in size and complexity over the training year, but trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support is met.

All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).

Trainees are assessed through their mentor and by SCITT staff. Observations of teaching form a large portion of the assessment process, with a range of opportunities for trainees to reflect on their progress against the teachers’ standards (2012). Trainees reflect on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. This process is summarised through a moderation interview at the end of the course. Throughout the course trainees receive face to face training in pedagogy and subject knowledge. This training is delivered by current practitioners and takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning, enabling trainees to adapt their own learning for the context of their placement schools. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Applicants undertaking the PGCE programme are expected to compete four written assignments leading to 60 M level credits. “The high quality face-to-face training, assignments and placements combine to give trainees a firm basis on which to develop their skills and knowledge” Ofsted 2017 “Employers of trainees comment very favourably on the significant improvements in trainees’ expertise and knowledge, brought about by their training” Ofsted 2017

Interview process

Following an application that meets our criteria, the SCITT will arrange an interview, this could in person within a partner setting, or via an on-line platform.

Format for the interview- you will asked to prepare and or or complete:

  • A short activity, which you will talk through/ teach lasting around 15 minutes
  • An formal interview with staff from the SCITT
  • A written communication task

You may also be asked to complete a subject knowledge audit.

How school placements work

This course leads to qualified teacher status (11-16). All secondary placements are arranged through an A-B-A model. This means that trainees will be placed at their teaching practice one school for the winter term, and then teach in a contrasting school from January to April. Following Easter, trainees will return to their main placement school until the end of June. Placement schools are chosen through a number of factors, including prior experience, training needs and location We do not expect anyone to be traveling for more than an hour to their placement schools, and usually it is much less. SCITT training takes place on Fridays. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

A UK degree of classification 2.2 or higher (we may consider experience applicants with a 3rd class degree for a QTS only programme).

You should be able to demonstrate how approximately 50% of your degree course is relevant to the subject you wish to teach.

At least 3 GCSEs grade A*-C (4 or better) with GCSE grade C or above in both English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications)

Personal qualities

  • A passion for the subject you wish to teach
  • The potential to train to teach
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • Resilience
  • Enthusiasm

Applicants must produce a well written and clear personal statement that sets out how they meet the course requirements. The personal statement is part of the application process.

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Some applicants may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.

Full admissions policy

About the training provider

The Alliance for Learning Teaching School is a partnership of primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and organisations from across the North-West, who share their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to achieve a common goal of continuous educational improvement. The Alliance for Learning SCITT aims to promote excellence in all aspects of education through focused, central and school-based training activities. Trainees are based in our partner schools for the duration of the programme. We believe that every child deserves the very best start in life, irrespective of background or circumstance. We are committed to training teachers who can provide the next generation with the opportunity to develop happy, successful futures. Trainees who complete our programme are “regarded as an asset by employing schools because they are well prepared to begin their career in teaching” (Ofsted 2017). On average 95% of trainees gain employment at the end of the programme and are able to make a difference to young people in schools across the country. Key elements of our training programme

  • Training in schools from the first day
  • Two contrasting schools experiences to prepare you for employment
  • A trained, dedicated mentor
  • Face to face subject knowledge training
  • Leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education delivered by our partner, the University of Manchester

Find out more about the Alliance for Learning SCITT

Training with disabilities and other needs

It is the goal of the Alliance for Learning SCITT to recruit people of outstanding potential, irrespective of their background and to ensure that the admission process is transparent, has minimal barriers to entry, is based on merit and potential, is fair with regard to diversity, professional in its nature and reliable. The Alliance for Learning SCITT will not discriminate against a disabled person on the grounds of disability -

  • in the arrangements i.e. application form, interview or arrangements for selection for determining to whom a place should be offered; or
  • by refusing to offer, or deliberately not offering the disabled person a place for reasons connected with their disability.

Wherever possible The Alliance for Learning SCITT will make reasonable adjustments to hallways, passages and doors in order to provide and improve means of access for disabled candidates. However, this may not always be feasible, if circumstances render such adjustments as being beyond what is reasonable. We are committed to taking positive action to welcome persons with disabilities who have met the requirements, and to enable them to meet their full potential Consideration will be given to all planned activities, resource allocation and procedures to ensure that we can enable disabled trainees full participation in all aspects of the academic, work-based and social activities of the course. Read our Equal Opportunities Policy

Contact details

Email
admin@allianceforlearning.co.uk
Telephone
0161 912 5912
Website
http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/
Address
c/o AGGS
Cavendish Road
Bowdon
Altrincham
WA14 2NL

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