The University of Sheffield
Modern Languages (Urdu with French) (TX51)

PGDE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGDE with QTS

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/pgde

Contents

About the course

Our mission is to open minds to the realities and possibilities of teaching and learning by developing reflective, creative and inquiring teachers.

Our course prepares you to teach your specialist subject(s) to pupils in the 11-19 age range.

The course is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which offers exactly the same teaching experience as a PGCE, but with additional Masters credits, meaning that you will be able to complete your Masters with us as soon as you qualify as a teacher.

You will spend two thirds of the year in school, and one third at the University, giving an excellent blend of practical experience and also a chance to reflect and make use of the research expertise of University-based tutors.

To complement your development as a teacher you will complete four assignments at Masters level, exploring key issues relating to your subject and your role.

Key Features of the Sheffield course

  • A dedicated team of tutors who provide excellent support for all students.
  • Excellent school partnerships. Our longstanding relationships with schools enable us to ensure continuity for students, and many of our partnership schools are closely involved in the University-based parts of the course.
  • A strong subject-specific cohort. You will have the chance to develop working relationships with your peers whilst in the University, which provides you with a support network once out on placement.
  • The chance to reflect. Teaching is an intensive profession, and at the start of your career it is essential that you have the opportunity to develop skills as a reflective practitioner. During your first placement, for example, you will spend every Friday in the University sharing your experiences and considering ways in which you can develop your teaching.

Assessment Your progress in developing the skills of a teacher will be continually assessed throughout the year. You will always be kept aware of your progress and given opportunities to focus on specific areas where necessary.

Your academic work is carefully timed to ensure that you are able to manage your workload. Your Masters assignments are assessed by your university-based tutors, who offer extensive support and guidance to ensure that you are able to succeed.

Interview process

Once we receive your UCAS application we will consider a number of factors in making our decision about whether to interview you:

  • Do you demonstrate a clear interest in becoming a teacher?
  • Do you have strong references that suggest you have the capacity to train to be a teacher?
  • Do you have highly developed subject knowledge, or an awareness that you need to develop this?
  • Have you written a strong personal statement, demonstrating your commitment to teaching, your passion for your subject and an understanding of the realities of the profession?

Your selection day will take place remotely using Google Meet, and will consist of the following elements:

  • Introduction to the course
  • A task designed to ensure that your subject knowledge is strong
  • A chance to interact with other candidates (where possible), and to reflect on this experience
  • A written task
  • A formal interview, carried out by a University tutor and a school representative

You will be sent relevant materials for the day in advance.

How school placements work

You will undertake four periods of school experience:

  • One week in a primary school early in the programme
  • An eight-week placement between October and December
  • A 13-week placement between January and May
  • A 2-week enrichment/enhancement placement in June

In all curriculum areas you will also have the chance to visit a number of schools as a part of the University-centred parts of the PGDE. These visits will focus on specific themes such as working with pupils with EAL or supporting examination groups and will give you the opportunity to gain experience of schools beyond your main placements. Student teachers rate these visits very highly and appreciate the chance to develop a clear view of the kind of school in which they want to begin their careers.

We work with over 40 schools in Sheffield, Barnsley, Derbyshire, Doncaster, North Nottinghamshire and Rotherham. This range of inner-city, suburban and rural contexts provides rich opportunities for diverse and balanced experiences in schools, and we work hard to secure you two contrasting placements.

When tutors are arranging placements, personal circumstances such as child-care and additional needs are taken into account as much as possible.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,450

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment and complete Safeguarding training. The anticipated cost for these for 2021 entry is £67*. Student teachers who have already paid for a previous DBS Enhanced Disclosure and signed up to the DBS update service (Enhanced level - Children’s barred list) may pay a reduced fee (anticipated cost £27*).

  • Please note that as we use external companies to undertake training and checks these fees may be subject to change. Also, should you decide to withdraw your application or you do not meet the conditions of your UCAS offer, we are unable to offer a refund.

Additional costs to cover non-UK criminal clearance checks may be levied where necessary, and will be payable by the student. Further information can be found here

Students are responsible for the cost of travel to school placements.

Further information about fees and funding for the PGDE can be found here

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £10,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree class 2:2 or above in a relevant subject. If less than 50% of your degree is in your specialist subject you will be required to undertake an SKE course as a condition of entry.

As this is an 11-19 course we are preparing students to teach up to A-level and will normally take into account the balance of your degree content and profile of GCSE and A-level (or equivalent) subjects and results to assess your suitability for the programme.

If you have non-standard qualifications you are welcome to contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Personal qualities

We consider six key elements when selecting students for our PGDE programme:

  • Commitment to teaching
  • Insight into the realities of teaching
  • Resilience
  • An analytical approach to problem solving
  • Enthusiasm for your subject
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

We will consider your strengths in each area during the selection process, including when considering your application form.

Other requirements

Candidates for Mandarin/Russian/Japanese/Urdu courses should have competency in their second language to teach to at least Year 9 (14 years old) level. This is required as the listed languages are only taught in select schools across the country and finding placements and future employment can be difficult without the ability to offer a second language.

About the training provider

The University of Sheffield has a long-standing reputation in Initial Teacher Education; we’ve been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years. Our highly qualified team includes a blend of university-based tutors and seconded school-based staff, enabling us to offer outstanding teacher development. .

We focus on training student teachers to use their powerful subject knowledge to create interesting, relevant and innovative teaching. Our students will develop the skills to become transformative teachers who make a positive impact on the outcomes of pupils and have the capacity to become future leaders in the profession.

We currently have over 40 schools in our partnership enabling us to offer an excellent range of school experiences.

Our Initial Teacher Education course not only leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), but also awards the PGDE, which is professionally and academically recognised. We aim to develop the ability of student teachers to think and act reflectively to a high level with both a theoretical and practical knowledge of how to teach.

The University of Sheffield is a world top-100 university. As a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence. We’re second in the Russell Group for student satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2019, with our Students’ Union voted best in the UK for the fourth year in a row by the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017).

Find out more on our website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a student teacher at The University of Sheffield you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available here

Additionally, we work closely with all our school partners to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.

The more we know about your additional needs, the easier it is for us to support you to succeed in your development as a teacher.

Contact details

Email
education-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone
0114 222 8177
Website
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/pgde
Address
School of Education
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TN

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