Eastbourne Area School Direct Alliance
English (34ZJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sussex
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
September to June
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This course is run at Bowden House Residential School, Seaford which provides a nurturing, therapeutic environment over a 24 hour curriculum.

The school offers a curriculum which reflects that accessed in a mainstream school but is delivered by specialist teaching staff supported by Assistant Teachers. In September 2019 we introduced a ‘Stage not Age’ curriculum, meaning that every student is provided with a curriculum that provides challenges appropriate to their current level of attainment. Students are expected to make excellent progress every year – regardless of their starting point.

Candidates will be on a 50% timetable with 4 days in school and 1 day at Sussex University.

Candidates will be regularly watched by their mentor to ensure that they are succeeding on the course.

There will be a second, contrasting placement at a school which is mutually agreed.

Interview process

Candidates will be required to teach a small group of students for approximately 20 minutes, to judge their aptitude to teach. This will be followed by a formal interview.

How school placements work

The age range of students is 11 to 16 years

The candidate will have a total of two placements

The second placement is approx 6 weeks

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

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 - 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

Candidates must have 5 or more GCSEs in Grades A* to C (or equivalent), including Mathematics and English, and preferably a higher level honours English degree.

Personal qualities

The ITT placement at Bowden House will be for an English specialist with an interest in working with students with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. This involves teaching students of all ages and stages, from year 7 through to GCSE level. As a school we believe the wide-ranging needs of our students facilitate a necessity for a dynamic curriculum that meets the requirements of all students. Therefore the candidate will be keen to learn about a wide range of behavioural and learning needs and be willing to create and adapt resources and lessons to suit our individual students.

Other requirements

Satisfactorily pass DBS and Health checks

About the training provider

Eastbourne Area School Direct Alliance recruits ITT students for most of the schools in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas. We offer Primary places for Key Stage 1 and 2. We also offer Secondary places for most subjects in a variety of high achieving schools. As part of your training you will get experience of KS3, 4 and 5. In addition we represent Special Needs schools who require Primary and Secondary teachers. All the schools in the consortium are experienced at training teachers and we have been very successful in aiding our School Direct candidates to obtain jobs when they have completed their training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All of our sites meet the requirements for disabled access and we would work with any candidate to ensure they can succeed in their training without any impediment.

Contact details

Email
schooldirect@willingdonschool.org.uk
Telephone
01323 485254
Address
Willingdon Community School
Lower Willingdon
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20 9QX

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: 1J5
  • Training programme code: 34ZJ

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
Bowden House School
Firle Road, Seaford, East Sussex BN25 2JB
Yes F

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