CTSN - Cambridge Teaching Schools Network
Primary (3FHS)

PGCE with QTS part time

Accredited body
The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITT
Financial support
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
Up to 2 years
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, CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are expert, practising teachers able to guide trainees into a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum and appropriate pedagogy, informed by both research and the tutors’ own practice. In Year 1, trainees will spend 1.5 days a week in school, and attend Core Training on Thursdays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds; in Year 2, trainees will be in school 2.5 days, and they wil also complete the PGCE. Whilst in school, trainees carry out specific teaching tasks, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing experienced teachers; working with children in smaller groups; one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment and planning; reading, writing and research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee has a mentor (usually the class teacher) with whom teaching and other tasks are planned and evaluated at fortnightly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. In addition, each trainee is assigned to one of the senior tutor team and each trainee also has a personal tutor. This provides a strong support network for the trainee throughout the course. Trainees have a choice of attending Core Training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. The course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE. For further details please follow the link to CTSNSCITT.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a Key Stage One or Key Stage Two class for around 20-30 minutes - you will be advised of the year group prior to interview. In addition, there will be a short written task, a maths test based on the Key Stage Two maths expectations 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 their home address. You will spend the first year (1.5 days per week) in one school and the second year in a contrasting school (2.5 days per week). This will allow you to build significant relationships in this extended placement, which would last for the entirety of the second year of the part time course. In Year Two, you would also complete the PGCE (The University of Greenwich).

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £11,000
EU students £11,000

£5.500 per year (total fee £11,000), often covered with a student loan. You might also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan, depending on any income from part time employment during your training year. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

Financial support

You may 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 a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK). Also, you would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification.

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 children 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: 3FHS

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
Abbots Green Community Primary School
18 Airfield Road, Bury Saint Edmunds IP32 7PJ
Yes I
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Avenue, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9EG
Yes H

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