ARK Teacher Training
Modern Languages (2DHG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.arkteachertraining.org

About the course

Ark Teacher Training’s purpose is to transform children’s lives through education, regardless of their circumstances or background. We are committed to providing the highest quality professional learning for trainee teachers, supporting them to have the biggest impact in the classroom and providing an excellent foundation for a successful career in education.

Ark Teacher Training gives you a firm foundation in how to teach Modern Foreign Languages (specifically French and Spanish). Over the year you will have regular sessions focused on not just how to be a great teacher, but also how to be a great teacher of languages.

Over the training course, you will cover the use of target language in the classroom and how to make languages exciting and relevant through the study and experiences of other cultures. We will also cover the development of skills and strategies central to language learning, giving our students an excellent foundation in grammar, reading and writing skills and, most importantly, we will get them using different languages confidently and effectively.

Interview process

Once you've checked that you're eligible, you can either submit your application directly through the UCAS portal or use our ‘Apply Now’ form, which is available on our website. We will then assess your application and let you know whether or not you meet our programme criteria. Applicants who meet our criteria will be sent two online tests to complete: a situational judgement assessment and a subject knowledge test.

Successful applicants after this stage will proceed to the final school-based assessment. Our team will use the information we have about you to match you to one of our training schools, and this final stage will take place there. It will involve you teaching a short lesson, a subject knowledge test and a final interview with senior staff and subject lead. We’ll let you know the outcome shortly after this date, and will ask you to complete your UCAS form if not already so we can finalise our decision through the UCAS portal.

How school placements work

Your training school, in London, Birmingham, Hastings or Portsmouth, will be matched to your particular profile as a candidate, while taking into account your commuting distance and funding/subject preferences (and availability on our programme).

The training programme is 100% school-based, but you will come out of school to spend a half day every week in a session with your Ark tutor and other trainees from the network.

You’ll also obtain experience in different schools throughout the year; you’ll have a contrasting school placement lasting 2 weeks, in a school very different to your own, and which you will have significant input into choosing (for example, it might be a Pupil Referral Unit, an independent school, etc). You’ll also get to participate in a series of visits to a range of educational settings.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
  • On the tuition fee route you will be responsible for paying your own tuition fee of £9,250 to Ark Teacher Training, whether or not you are eligible for a Department for Education bursary.
  • To see if you're eligible for a tax-free government bursary, click HERE.
  • As long as you're eligible, you can register with Student Finance to give you a a student loan to help you with payment of the tuition fee while you train, so that you don't have to worry about it during the training year. Click HERE to check if you are eligible.
  • Any questions relating to your tuition fee payment through the Student Finance should be directed to them, as Ark Teacher Training does not control this.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 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 also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Click here for a full overview of our qualification requirements.

  • If you studied overseas, consult NARIC before applying.
  • Certain entry requirements for teacher training are set by the government and all applicants must comply.
  • Others are specific to a training provider, and we have listed ours below.

Ark Teacher Training requirements:

  • a 2:2 degree or higher
  • good A-levels (B+ in 2 or more)
  • either your degree or an A-level in the subject you wish to train in (for subject knowledge purposes / your readiness to start!)

Personal qualities

Our applicants have a huge variety of experience between them, all of which can be used in the classroom.

However, there are some qualities we know all successful trainees have, regardless of their background or experience; we look for these at assessment:

  • Alignment with Ark’s values and ethos
  • Some experience with young people (doesn't have to be in a school)
  • Great communication skills
  • Resilience (teaching is hard!)
  • Curiosity and eagerness to learn
  • Self-awareness and keenness to hear/act on feedback (you'll receive a lot on our programme, every week!)

Other requirements

There's a lot to think about when you make the decision to train as a teacher: it's an intensive year, but on Ark Teacher Training you'll be well-supported and have plenty of time with your fellow trainees for moral support every week.

If you have questions about areas not covered in this search tool so far, our website covers a lot of specific information on our programme. Check out our 'Frequently Asked Questions' if you can't find what you're looking for!

About the training provider

Ark Teacher Training is an Outstanding programme that allows graduates and career changers to become highly-effective, inspiring teachers, learning from some of the best educators in the profession.

We work in low income areas with a history of academic underachievement, striving for the best outcomes for all our pupils, regardless of their background. According to the Department for Education, Ark makes the biggest difference in transforming the lives of disadvantaged students out of all the major school groups.

  • Classroom teaching: from day one, you’ll be in the classroom so you can have an impact straight away. Your tutor and coach will support you to build up your independent teaching time during the year.
  • School orientation experience: before your course starts, spend time in your school meeting your new colleagues and interacting with pupils so you can hit the ground running in September.
  • Summer School: all new trainees come together over two weeks in August for an introduction to the programme, our schools and the principles of great teaching. You’ll also cover the essential elements of behaviour management, so you are ready for day one.
  • Weekly coaching and learning to plan: every week you'll be observed by your in-school coach, so they can offer you positive feedback and bite-sized improvement targets.
  • Your trained lead planner will help you create effective lessons, developing your planning skills and giving you the opportunity to ask detailed subject -knowledge questions.
  • Weekly training: in-person training sessions with your tutors/peers.

About the accredited body

As well as Newly Qualified Teacher status, you will also finish the year having obtained a PGCE, which is an internationally recognised qualification and carries 60 Masters-level credits.

  • Ark Teacher Training is the accrediting provider of your QTS.
  • Goldsmiths University is the accrediting provider of your PGCE.

Training with disabilities and other needs

  • Disabled access

We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody, so if you have a disability we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme if you are offered a place.

Please provide us with details if you would like us to make any adjustments for you on the assessment day. This will in no way affect the outcome of your application.

Whenever we build new schools, we ensure they have wheelchair access to classrooms. However, when an existing school joins the network, we have to work with the existing buildings and these can sometimes have limited accessibility.

  • Study Facilities

Your PGCE qualification is accredited by Goldsmiths, University of London. The majority of your training sessions will take place in one of our schools, however, you will still have access to the online journals, library facilities and student support services provided by Goldsmiths.

Contact details

Email
teachertraining@arkonline.org
Telephone
02031166353
Website
http://www.arkteachertraining.org
Address
65 Kingsway
Holborn
London
London
WC2B 6TD

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Location Vacancies Code
Ark Academy
Ark Academy, Bridge Road, Wembley, London HA9 9JP
Yes E
Ark Acton Academy
Ark Acton Academy, Gunnersbury Lane, London W3 8EY
Yes X
Ark Alexandra Academy
Ark Alexandra Academy, Park Avenue , Hastings , East Sussex TN34 2PG
Yes Z
Ark All Saints Academy
Ark All Saints Academy, 140 Wyndham Road, Camberwell, London SE5 0UB
Yes A
Ark Bolingbroke Academy
Ark Bolingbroke Academy Wakehurst Road, London SW11 6BF
Yes 2
Ark Boulton Academy
Ark Boulton Academy, Golden Hillock Rd, Birmingham B11 2QG
Yes 3
Ark Burlington Danes Academy
Ark Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Ln, White City, London W12 0HR
Yes 4
Ark Charter Academy
Ark Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth PO5 4HL
Yes G
Ark Elvin Academy
Ark Elvin Academy, Cecil Avenue, Wembley, London HA9 7DU
Yes Y
Ark Evelyn Grace Academy
Ark Evelyn Grace Academy, 255 Shakespeare Rd, Brixton, London SE24 0QN
Yes C
Ark Globe Academy
Ark Globe Academy, Harper Rd, London SE1 6AF
Yes K
Ark Greenwich Free School
Ark Greenwich Free School, 403 Shooters Hill Road, London SE18 4LH
Yes F
Ark Isaac Newton Academy
Ark Isaac Newton Academy, Cricklefield Place, London IG1 1FY
Yes J
Ark John Keats Academy
Ark John Keats Academy, Bell Ln, Enfield , London EN3 5PA
Yes W
Ark King Solomon Academy
Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW1 6RX
Yes 7
Ark Kings Academy
Ark Kings Academy, Shannon Rd, Birmingham B38 9DE
Yes H
Ark Putney Academy
Ark Putney Academy, Pullman Gardens, London SW15 3DG
Yes 8
Ark St Albans Academy
Ark St Albans Academy, Conybere St, Birmingham B12 0YH
Yes 6
Ark Victoria Academy
Ark Victoria Academy, Talbot Way, Birmingham B10 0HJ
Yes M
Ark Walworth Academy
Ark Walworth Academy, Shorncliffe Road, London SE1 5UJ
Yes U
Main Site
65 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2B 6TD
Yes -

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