The Millais Alliance
Primary (226R)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
Financial support
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.millaisalliance.org.uk
Vacancies
No

About the course

This is an intensive year, with two-thirds of the course based in partnership schools and the remainder in lectures, seminars and independent study. Inherent to this programme are the government's national priorities and we will give you support while thoroughly addressing these issues.

In line with government requirements, you will spend the majority of your course gaining experience in schools, where you will spend 24 weeks teaching under supervision. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. We will give you plenty of comprehensive feedback during this time, which will enable you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

You will benefit from experiencing school-based training in two different schools and age-phases. The first phase of school-based training runs simultaneously to the University-based programme, which ensures that teaching theory is effectively integrated with practice.

We believe in nurturing and facilitating your opportunities to discuss and critically evaluate effective teaching practices through small interactive seminar groups, which complement larger-group lectures.

All students are enrolled onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education but an alternative exit award, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which also includes QTS, is available if you do not achieve the masters-level elements of the postgraduate programme.

Interview process

If you have applied for a School Direct place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.

The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then mot the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning.

If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which may take two to three hours.

If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.

How school placements work

On the School Direct route, you have applied to train at a specific school and, following interview, have been offered and accepted a place at that school. You therefore know where your first school will be, unlike those on the PGCE route.

You will start at your school in mid-late September and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You'll stay at this school the beginning of the Spring term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training days at university. You'll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you'll get out.

A couple of weeks into the Spring term, you will move to another school for your second placement which lasts for most of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.

If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn't be placed there, so please make this known early on.

You will return to your host school for the first half of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.

Fees

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

Please refer to the University of Brighton website for further details about fees.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

The Millais Alliance does not offer any further financial support to that offered by DfE.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • For secondary, a degree in a relevant or related subject. The majority of the content should reflect the subject you are applying for.

Applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.

  • For primary, a degree in any subject.
  • GCSE Maths and English
  • For Primary, GCSE Science
  • A pass in the professional skills tests

Please also check the entry requirements page on the University of Brighton website.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.

You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.

Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.

Other requirements

DBS checks will be carried out by the university for those on the SD tuition route.

Contact details

Email
caroline.carroll@millais.org.uk
Telephone
01403 267890
Website
http://www.millaisalliance.org.uk
Address
The Millais Alliance
Depot Road
Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 5HR

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