Primary with AIM Alliance Schools Accredited provider: University of Hertfordshire

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.aimallianceschools.org

About the course

As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Hertfordshire University you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.

The School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University. These may include sessions which:

•Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.

•Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.

•Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.

Interview process

Three Headteachers form part of a panel interview. You will also be asked to provide a practice lesson on a subject related topic and sample literacy and numeracy tests.

The tests provide a benchmark for the skills tests you will be asked to take once you have received an offer of a place.

One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview will take place with the university.

How school placements work

When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your 'host' school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.

Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.

This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then be able to learn your new skills and experience back at your host school.

Fees

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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.

GCSE Maths,English and Science at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)

Equivalency tests are not accepted by Hertfordshire University.

Personal qualities

Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:

• like people and can interact with them appropriately

• are determined, trustworthy and resilient

• show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges

• can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold

You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.

Other requirements

You will need to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy. To prepare for and book your tests, visit the DFE’s website at: http://sta.education.gov.uk/ (you won’t be able to book your tests until you have applied for a course).

You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you on your offer.

About the training provider

Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of 20 schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University and Hertfordshire University.

We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support through out the year. We are small (a cohort of 20 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our universities to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.

You can find out lots of information from our Aim Alliance Schools website (https://www.aimallianceschools.org).

About the accredited provider

Hertfordshire University is a well established provider of quality teacher training. They provide a strong support network within the University and have long established rigorous selection criteria both for Schools and Alliances entitled to train and candidates who will succeed on their courses. Coupled with the Mentor network within the Alliance all candidates can be assured of a quality training programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.

Contact details

Email
a.phillips@londonacademy.org.uk
Telephone
07834 808621
Website
http://www.aimallianceschools.org
Address
London Academy
Spur Road
Edgware
Middlesex

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: 2FR
  • Training programme code: 3CVK

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
A London Academy Spur Road, Edgware, London HA8 8DE
O Barnfield Primary School Silkstream Road, Edgware HA8 0DA
E Broadfields Primary School Roseberry Drive, Edgware HA8 8JP
F Fairway Primary School and Children's Centre The Fairway, Mill Hill NW7 3HS
J Deansbrook Infant School 84 Hale Drive, Edgware NW7 3ED
L Watling Park Pavillion Way, Edgware HA8 9YR
P Hollickwood Primary School Sydney Road, London N10 2NL
G Deansbrook Junior School 13 Church Close, Edgware HA8 9NS

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