University of Hertfordshire Physics (F3X2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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://go.herts.ac.uk/teachertraining

Contents

About the course

The PGCE Secondary course is a full time, one year Initial Teacher Education qualification introducing you to the requirements for teaching to the 11 – 16 age range. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post 16 provision will be available. It has been designed to enable you to demonstrate evidence of having met the Teachers’ Standards that lead to Qualified Teacher Status. Whilst undertaking the University-led PGCE route into teaching you will work towards securing 60 Master’s level credits. This is an integral part of the programme. We strongly believe that innovative and effective teaching and learning is made possible through a teacher’s full engagement with research informed practice and underpinning theories of learning. This is fostered in two modules and developed through School Based Training. You will be well supported in becoming a critically reflective teacher capable of inspiring pupils to learn, achieve and flourish.

You will be supported and taught by specialist tutors with excellent experience, knowledge and research informed expertise. Partnership schools provide opportunities for you to learn about pedagogical approaches relevant to your subject specialism and the professional responsibilities of all teachers.

You will have two School Based Training placements, where, with the support of a teacher mentor and a university subject tutor, you will develop your skills to become an excellent classroom teacher. Training to teach is exciting, rewarding and demanding. By the end of the course you will be well prepared for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

School placements

Schools in the University of Hertfordshire schools’ partnership have a proven track record of strong engagement with Initial Teacher Education. Schools are evaluated and monitored in relation to the quality and effectiveness of school based training provision. School’s commit to enact the terms of the University of Hertfordshire Partnership for Initial Teacher Education.

Your School Based Training will total a minimum of 120 days. In addition to the two main placements you will have an opportunity to engage with:

  • a primary school to consider Year 6 transition
  • a special school to explore effective differentiation and inclusion for pupils with complex learning needs
  • a school demonstrating excellent provision for pupils with English as an additional language

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Usually we would expect the degree to have a minimum 50% content of the subject in which the applicant is applying. However, applicants whose degree does not meet this requirement should contact us to discuss further at secondaryteam@herts.ac.uk.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

In your application and during the interview process, you will need to demonstrate an ability to train to teach through the following:

  • genuine care for children’s learning, progress and achievement
  • a commitment and passion for your subject specialism
  • your motivation and interest in training to teach
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • a commitment to working with children and adolescents and improving their educational outcomes
  • the ability to be organised, adaptable and resilient
  • a willingness to work and learn from others and to be responsive to feedback

Other requirements

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to respond to targeted and relevant health questions. Guidance will be provided after you have been offered a place.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Education. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections and in the Guardian and Times League tables, it is rightly proud of its excellent reputation with local and regional schools who often employ our student teachers.

The School of Education has an excellent record of employment for trainees on their Initial Teacher Education programmes, and those who actively seek a teaching post at the end of their programme are successful in joining the profession.

After completing Initial Teacher Education there are opportunities to continue your studies with the University through the MA Education Framework.

Interview process

The ability to train to teach is assessed first on application and then at interview. The interview day is a two-way process in which we encourage all applicants to ask questions to ensure that our PGCE course is suitable for them.

If invited to interview, you will be greeted by the Admissions Tutor and members of the PGCE team. Interviews will begin with a brief introductory talk on the PGCE programme, followed by the completion of a short written task. You will then deliver a 5 minute pre-prepared, micro-teaching activity from your subject specialism to other applicants and two members of the PGCE team. This will be followed by a one-to-one interview with the same two members of the PGCE team.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to ensure that it meets the needs of disabled people and has policies that are intended to support all students both in their studies and in developing their professional practice.

If you have a disability or other need we encourage you to disclose this and any other relevant information that could support your studies. The School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire provides both academic and practice placement support for teachers in training with disabilities and other needs.

One key aspect of the PGCE course is to raise awareness of mental health and well-being and to support the removal of unnecessary workload. University of Hertfordshire disability support University of Hertfordshire statement on disability disclosure by students

Contact this training provider

Email
admcom@herts.ac.uk
Telephone
01707 284800
Website
https://go.herts.ac.uk/teachertraining
Address
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL10 9AB

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).

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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