The Compton School
Computing (3DQM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
16 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The course is based providing classroom based, practical training and underpinned by training sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), accredited by UCL, University College London. “UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in very criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.” All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.

All trainees become part of teaching staff from day one and spend a greater amount of time in school completing their training. You will join the School Direct training programme at UCL IOE and have full access to their academic and social facilities. The programme involves attending a programme of lectures and workshops at the IOE for approximately fifteen days spread across the year. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will help create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to schools and guidance with assignments. However, most of your training will take place in the school setting, focusing on your needs and the needs of each specific school.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Please see The Compton School website to view the schools and subjects on offer across our alliance this year. You can express a preference for a placement school in the alliance and we will very much try to meet your request.

Interview process

Applicants will be invited for interview on the basis of information provided on their application form. Candidates will be interviewed at the school selected on their UCAS application.

The interview will typically involve a half-day at the school. This will include a 20 minute lesson observation and a 15 minute written task. Candidates will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age range you will be teaching.

Candidates will be observed teaching by a member of senior staff and a subject specialist. If successful in the first part of the interview candidates will then be invited to the final panel interview including the Headteacher.

The interview process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

If successful at the school-based interview, candidates will then be invited for a second interview by UCL.

How school placements work

School Direct Salaried trainees will have timetabled lessons where they will be teaching independently from the start of term.

You will join the School Direct Salaried programme at UCL IOE and have full access to their academic and social facilities. The salaried programme involves attending a programme of lectures and workshops at the IOE for approximately fifteen days spread across the year. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will help create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to schools and guidance with assignments. However, most of your training will take place in the school setting, focusing on your needs and the needs of each specific school.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Training will be delivered by expert teachers within the alliance of schools. This will be enhanced by attendance at UCL IOE at certain times throughout the year. As well as completing your main placement in one of the schools in the alliance, you will also have the opportunity to teach in another partner school to enhance and broaden your experiences as a trainee.

All partner schools are graded either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Partner schools are based locally to The Compton School in North London and are easily accessible by public transport. All partner schools have experienced subject mentors and professional tutors who are committed to high expectations of the SCITT Partnership. Compton SCITT trainees enjoy being part of a vibrant professional community across all partnership schools.

Trainees will be awarded Secondary QTS (11-16) however, all partner schools ensure trainees have the opportunity to teach A-Level classes in preparation for their NQT year.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

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

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Maths (for Secondary programmes) plus Science (for Primary programmes) at grade C/5 or above.

UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

Applicants must provide evidence of an interest in working with young people, possess high quality communication skills. Speak fluently, clearly and grammatically. Be able to think analytically and possess personal qualities such as warmth, enthusiasm, self-motivation and resilience.

Other requirements

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.

About the training provider

The Compton School is the 'Lead School' for 28 excellent Primary and Secondary schools in North London. As a lead school, The Compton School work with The Compton SCITT and UCL Institute of Education to offer a full range of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses.

The Compton SCITT is an Outstanding ITT provider (Ofsted 2017) and based at The Compton School. The continuing professional development of staff has been at the heart of our sustained success as an Ofsted graded Outstanding Teaching School (2018). We have an excellent track record in training, retaining and developing staff as outstanding classroom practitioners, middle and senior leaders.

Our trainee teachers train alongside The Compton School's outstanding staff all year before qualifying as teachers. Senior teachers from The Compton School and across the partnership, who are working on national programmes of education and regularly training teachers from across the UK, deliver first class training in school each week. This ensures our trainee teachers are receiving the best and most current education and theory practice.

Our strap line states that “trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.”

We believe that our school based route to qualified teacher status will offer you an in-depth opportunity to work in a systematic, sustained way alongside outstanding teachers

Above all, we are committed to delivering a first class “hands on” training programme that will provide you with the foundations for an outstanding career in teaching.

About the accredited body

The Compton School is working alongside UCL Institute of Education Institute to offer teacher training through the School Direct tuition fee scheme in the following subjects:

  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Music
  • Business Studies
  • Art & Design

This provides a school based learning opportunity in partnership with the UCL IOE to develop fantastic teachers. The IOE's location in Bloomsbury means that you are in the heart of London for your central training days.

The London Underground station Russell Square is minutes from the main building and is in easy commuting distance from our alliance of schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All candidates regardless of disability are welcome to apply to The Compton School. Any access or special provisions will be catered for on a case-by-case basis.

Contact details

Email
stuart.merritt@thecompton.org.uk
Telephone
0208 368 1783
Address
The Compton School
Summers Lane
North Finchley
London
N12 0QG

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 19P
  • Training programme code: 3DQM

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Summers Lane, London N12 0QG
Yes -
Woodside High School
White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ
Yes W

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