CTSN - Cambridge Teaching Schools Network
Computing (3D72)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITT
Financial support
Scholarship, 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://CTSNSCITT.info

About the course

As a school based provider of initial teacher training, the CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers and, from the beginning of the course, trainees will spend four days a week (Monday – Thursday) in school and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with students in smaller groups, one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular (approx. monthly) subject afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In addition, each trainee will be assigned to one of the senior tutor team, who act as personal tutors throughout the course. This course leads to the awards of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus PGCE (with the University of Greenwich). For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a small group of students, most probably in Key Stage 3. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

How school placements work

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from the their home. You will spend the first term in one school and then, after Christmas, you would move to a different school for the rest of the course. This will allow you to build significant relationships in this extended placement.

Fees

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

£9,250, often covered with a student loan. For many subjects generous training bursaries are also available. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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

You would need a minimum of 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a relevant degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered. Also, you will need to have a GCSE Mathematics and English (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent .

Personal qualities

As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

About the training provider

CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region:

  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the University of Greenwich.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.

Please see ctsn.scitt.info for more information.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training with disabilities and other needs.

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website.

All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact details

Email
SCITT@catrust.co.uk
Telephone
01223262503
Website
http://CTSNSCITT.info
Address
Comberton Village College
West Street
Comberton
Cambridge
CB23 7DU

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: 1LK
  • Training programme code: 3D72

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
Bottisham Village College
Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge CB25 9DL
Yes M
King Edward VI School
Grove Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3BH
Yes G

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