Design and Technology (Product Design) with Chellaston Academy Accredited provider: University of Derby

Course offered
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://chellaston.derby.sch.uk

About the course

You will spend most of your time in your main placement school, spending (on average) every other Wednesday in University. This will coincide with the days all other students following the University of Derby School Direct programme are in. This enables you to be part of a large group of beginning teachers, exploring the underpinning principles and philosophies of, and approaches to teaching.

You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. Your mentor will be supported in school by a coordinator, usually a senior member of staff. You will also be allocated a university link tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

Assessment

The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.

For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations.

Practical Teaching is assessed by the university tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school-based elements of the course and your own records of such work.

Interview process

The School Coordinator at the lead School screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the school you have applied for. If successful at this stage you will then be allocated a home school. This is not necessarily the lead school.

When you attend a School Direct interview, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants - in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

• an awareness of current educational issues

• a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling

• an open and enquiring mind

• clear reasons for wanting to teach

• motivation and commitment to teaching all pupils

• maturity and self confidence

• an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your subject

During the interview you will undertake the following tasks:

• a short presentation to students on a subject topic (details will be sent to you before the interview)

• complete a subject knowledge audit

• complete a self-evaluation test

• an individual interview

How school placements work

In our alliance there are 4 schools, 2 11-16 and 2 11-18 schools.

From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. An opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees. You will return to your ‘home’ school for the remained of the school academic year.

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during University based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,695

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.

Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.

Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.

They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.

The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees.

The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - 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.

Financial support from the training provider

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.

Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.

Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.

Requirements

Qualifications

All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.

As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Personal qualities

All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.

As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.

Other requirements

All trainee teachers have to take and successfully pass skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to the start of the course. You can get more information about the tests from http://sta.education.gov.uk/

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach'. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

Derby Teaching Schools Alliance is a broad and inclusive alliance of schools and other partners. We are part of a not for profit Charitable Trust. We are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers through the Schools Direct route. Every member of DTSA involved in Schools Direct is totally committed to giving student teachers the very best support and training.

The main advantage of applying to DTSA School Direct is that our close partnership with local universities offers a broad range of school experiences combined with high quality academic input and access to library resources.

Other benefits include:

• The possibility of beginning your teaching career in a school where career progression through ITT, as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) are well-developed

• Well-developed links between schools across the Alliance from all phases allowing you to experience a range of Key stages; Special School experience and Early Years experience

• Local professionally facilitated networking with other DTSA School Direct students; access to a range of local curriculum forums and links with Newly Qualified Teachers training and events.

About the accredited provider

With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, Derby University is a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands.

With a strong reputation for nurturing successful and forward-thinking teachers, our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We were ranked tenth in the country for undergraduate teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our partnership with the University of Nottingham means you will be joining a community committed to creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment to the benefit of all students.

Specialist services provide student-led support to enable disabled students to flourish as independent learners. Support is available from different teams depending on your need:

• Academic Support

• Disability Support

• Welfare support

• ACCESS Centre

You can meet with one of the university’s Accessibility Team to discuss your needs.

The University student welfare team meet all students at the beginning of the course, they can provide guidance, support and advice if you are experiencing difficulties.

Contact details

Email
clairesutton@chellaston.derby.sch.uk
Telephone
01332 702502
Website
http://chellaston.derby.sch.uk
Address
Chellaston Academy
Swarkestone Road
Chellaston
Derby

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: 1ED
  • Training programme code: 36WC

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
B Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy Duffield Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1JD
C Chellaston Academy Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby DE735UB

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