BHSSA
English (385M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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

About the course

A detailed exploration of literacy as a social practice ensures that graduates move beyond the minimum requirements of the Initial Teacher Training National Curriculum. The course, in content and methodology, highlights the importance of literature and drama in language, literacy and learning. Graduates are able, as they enter the profession, to contribute to innovative approaches in teaching English.

There are four strands to this course: subject study/subject education, education studies, school placements and professional development.

Course content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice.

The subject study/subject education strand builds upon your existing expertise in English and provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of English in the secondary school context. You will consider the learning and teaching strategies that are relevant to the specialist subject.

The subject education module is specifically related to teaching the specialist subject in school while the subject study module enables you to take your subject specialist studies to an increased depth. You can earn 20 masters-level credits through the assessment for the subject study module.

The education studies strand will give you a thorough understanding of the learning process itself, including an appreciation of individual differences. The study of the principles and practices of learning and teaching is through both school and university settings, allowing you to develop practical competencies, supported by analytical skills. By the end of the course you will:

-refine your understanding of pedagogy, including an appreciation of current and emerging educational theories and debate

-understand how to use and adapt a range of teaching, learning, management and assessment strategies in order to meet the varying needs of learners

-understand how the progress and well-being of learners is affected by a range of influences and know how to take account of the principles of equality, inclusion and diversity.

Students use an e-portfolio to record their achievements and this is reviewed throughout the course. An action plan is used to support professional development during placements and makes up a significant part of the improvement planning process.

At the end of the course, the e-portfolio provides evidence that you have met the Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

You will be required to attend two interviews one at the University and one at the school that you wish to apply for.

Below is an example of the University and School interview process-

University Interview

Arrival and document check

11.00 – 12.30 Welcome and overview of the programme with opportunity to ask questions. Writing task.

12.30- 13.25 Lunch Break

13.30 – 16.00 Presentations & individual interviews

School Interview

8.45 Arrival and document check

9.00 - 9.20 Teaching Task to a group of students

9.30-9.50 Interview

How school placements work

You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school.

Your school-based training will include observing teachers, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.

You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing.

Key aims of the school-based training:

-advance the development of your professional attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding

-provide practical and specific experiences that enable you to critically analyse your professional practice and take responsibility for your own professional development

-enable you to work collaboratively with colleagues in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which the attainment, development and well-being of all learners can be achieved with a unified support and teaching system

provide opportunities that enable you to adopt a creative and -constructively critical approach towards your practice, supported by appropriate reading and research.

During your school-based training, university tutors, school mentors and teachers will support you and take shared responsibility for your professional development.

Your progress will be observed and assessed throughout your school-based training by university and school staff, followed by feedback sessions to discuss your development. Your e-portfolio will also be evaluated as part of the overall assessment.

Through doing School Direct it allows you to have the choice of school you would like to be based in for your main placement, route you will be able to apply for the school you would like to teach in.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £14,460

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

Honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)

At least English language and mathematics. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.

About the training provider

The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area. As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.

•The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.

•Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.

• The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning.

•Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a partnership we do our best to cater for all individual needs. Applicants would need to be in contact with the schools directly to see what support they have in place.

Contact details

Email
schooldirect@hovepark.org.uk
Telephone
01273295003
Address
Hove Park School
Hangleton Way
Hove
BN3 8AA

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: 1KN
  • Training programme code: 385M

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
Patcham High School
Yes 3
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
Yes 2
Ratton School
Eastbourne
Yes Q
Varndean School
Yes V

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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