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The Learning Institute South West Primary (W580)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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.learninginstitute.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

The WeST Learning Institute in partnership with the University of Worcester offers trainee teachers:

  • High-quality programmes and excellent innovative, research-informed teaching
  • 60 credits at Masters level
  • An internationally-respected route into a career in teaching
  • Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors
  • Academic staff with excellent research/publication profiles

The course offers:

  • School experience in a wide variety of primary settings
  • Excellent preparation to teach all National Curriculum subjects
  • Opportunity to train as a teacher in the primary phase
  • A grounding in primary pedagogy across the whole curriculum
  • Research-informed teaching

During the course, you will:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in classroom settings
  • Manage different patterns of organisation and styles of teaching to best support effective learning and provide equality of opportunity for all children
  • Develop an understanding of SEND through the application of inclusive teaching practices
  • Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and teaching competence which will enable you to observe, plan, teach, organise and assess children’s progress and learning across the full primary range
  • Develop a clear framework for your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice
  • Evaluate sequences of learning and their impact on pupil progress, linking it to current education research

Indicative course structure (subject to adaptation):

  • The Developing Teacher: Covers a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding required to be an effective, self-evaluating practitioner

  • The Learning Child: Covers learning theories, child development and subject pedagogies within the primary curriculum including English, mathematics, science and computing, art, design and technology, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE and PSHE & RSE

  • Life In School: School Experience with 120-days minimum in school in line with current Department for Education guidance to achieve Qualified Teacher Status

  • Assessment: In addition to the module assignments and individual subject tasks, you demonstrate competency against the Teachers’ Standards during your school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

School placements

You’ll be placed in schools for most of your course. Your school placements will be within commuting distance. You can’t pick which school you want to be in.

We work with a range of school within Westcountry Schools Trust and other high quality partnership schools. We work very closely with our extensive range of partnership schools, to provide you with high quality, carefully chosen placements that, alongside your taught programme, prepare you for your first teaching post and Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction period.

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.

University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact admissionsb@worc.ac.uk or visit https://www.worcester.ac.uk/study/find-a-course/how-to-apply/equivalency-tests.aspx for further information.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who are:

  • Resilient, supportive professionals with strong values and high standards of personal conduct.
  • Effective communicators who collaborate to support wider educational opportunities.
  • Ambitious participants who are creative and informed intellectuals and promote a love of learning.
  • Confident and critically reflective practitioners motivated to continuingly improve practice.
  • Highly-skilled and inspirational subject/phase specialists committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and educational progress of all learners.

Other requirements

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the Regulatory Body requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

School experience is desirable, but not essential.

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 £14,400

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

About the training provider

The Learning Institute is an outreach arm of WeST (Westcountry Schools Trust). We work in partnership with The University of Worcester, a provider with a long-standing reputation for training excellent and highly employable teachers. You will be supported throughout your course with personalised academic and professional tutoring. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher.

Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

Interview process

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process that includes an initial check to ensure that all entry requirements are met. At interview, you may be asked to:

  • Complete tasks to establish subject knowledge in English and maths Engage in observed professional discussions on a current educational topic
  • Engage in discussion with primary lecturers/school partners on a range of education-related questions
  • You will be encouraged to discuss current issues in primary and/or early years education, policy and practice
  • Applicants invited for interview will receive a comprehensive interview pack with detailed information about the day. We want all our applicants to feel prepared and ready for the interview process.

Interviews will take place online.

Applicants will be informed of the interview panel’s decision once all the necessary paperwork has been processed. Applicants can track their progress through the UCAS website.

References: For your application, you will need two references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and you are therefore required to disclose all criminal convictions, including any which may be ‘spent’. You should also include details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings at the time of 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 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 University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips.--- This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact this training provider

Email
itt@learninginstitute.co.uk
Telephone
01726891745
Website
http://www.learninginstitute.co.uk
Address
Rm B304, Beacon Place, Station Approach
Roche
Cornwall
PL26 8LG

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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