PGCE with QTS (Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

Primary - TT001QTSP Secondary - TT001QTSS

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

In schools

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022
April 2022

Fees:

£6,500 (Employment Based Route)
£7,500 (Tuition fee route)

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Faculty:

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The National School of Education and Teaching 

+44 (0)2477 650660


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Course code:

Primary - TT001QTSP Secondary - TT001QTSS

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

In schools

Starting:

September 2021
January 2022
April 2022

Fees:

£6,500 employment based route

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

The National School of Education and Teaching 

+44 (0)2477 650660


Enquire online

Overview

PGCE with QTS is an Initial Teacher Training course, which certifies trainees to teach in state-maintained schools in England.

Applicants for the course can also teach in independent schools. The course is offered at Primary level (5-11 and 7-11 age ranges) and across a range of subjects at Secondary level (11-16, 11-18 age ranges). The course is also offered for the 14-19 age range in subjects, which are usually only taught in Key Stages 4 & 5.

We believe that initial teacher training is best done in schools, supported by first-rate teachers and underpinned by the quality and standards expected from a university.

Our distinct course enables you to be based in a school for its duration, whilst following a university-led course, which has been designed and is delivered by experts in teacher training.

A significant number of schools across the country can work with us, and so it is likely that you may be able to train to teach in a location to suit you.

Your own Personal University Tutor will work closely with you and your in-school mentor, to ensure you receive all the support you need to become a confident and highly-skilled teacher.

Whilst in school, you will put into practice straightaway the learning from our course, which is delivered through online teaching, materials, webinars and live tutorials. You will be part of a cohort of fellow trainee teachers, with whom you will share experiences and learning online each week and in termly educational conferences.

  

This course is accredited by the Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status for the September 2021, January 2022 and April 2022 intakes.

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Course information

The course aims to develop teachers who are confident, inspiring and highly effective in transferring knowledge and skills to their pupils. In doing so, the course aims to:

  • Enable you to explore wider perspectives in education and the opportunity to deepen your understanding of codes of practice and contemporary issues affecting schools
  • Equip you with the skills to reflect on your personal and professional development and respond positively to feedback through critical analysis of your practice
  • Support you to develop an inquiry-led approach to research of your own practice and reflect on strategies for effective teaching and learning
  • Foster a culture of independent learning and self-awareness so you can take responsibility for your own professional development while understanding your strengths, weaknesses and how to progress your own teaching

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Modules

  • Behaviour and Classroom Management

    This mandatory module aims to develop your understanding of principles of educational psychology, neuroscience and contemporary educational theory on behaviour. You will explore how children learn, what influences their behaviour and what strategies and interventions are effective for promoting good teaching and learning.

  • Curriculum Delivery and Assessment

    This mandatory module aims to develop your knowledge of subject pedagogy, effective lesson planning and application of statutory codes for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), as well as principles of assessment and feedback practices.

  • Development of the Teachers’ Standards

    This mandatory module aims to develop a reflective and self-critical approach to teaching. As such, you will be required to demonstrate effective practice via critical evaluation and systematic analysis of your own teaching practice in line with The National Teachers’ Standards in England (Department for Education 2012).

  • Practical Teaching Practice

    The Practical Teaching Practice mandatory module is practice-based and runs throughout the course. You will be encouraged to set, review and show that you can meet targets related to your professional practice and demonstrate your competency in all of the Teachers’ Standards.

In more detail...

  • Flexible in start dates and duration of study
  • Personalised on-the-job training
  • Designed to provide highly practical learning experiences
  • Built around the craft of the classroom
  • Available for both primary and secondary phases in all school subjects
  • Aims to provide 24/7 access to online learning materials
  • Day-to-day guidance from a school-based mentor
  • Face-to-face sessions/seminars
  • Designed to provide varied and engaging assessments
  • Available in a location that suits you

The course is designed to be highly practical, so aims to help trainee teachers develop their craft in schools, under the supervision of skilled school-based mentors and experienced university tutors.

The course maintains that there is no one way to teach and encourages teachers to engage with a variety of teaching methods to develop their own best practice. It promotes the principle that continued professional development is fundamental to outstanding teaching and aims for its graduates to carry forward this belief throughout their careers.

There are four modules of study, comprising Behaviour and Classroom Management, Curriculum Delivery and Assessment, Development of Teaching, and Practical Teaching Practice.

You will also undertake a second school placement so that you have the opportunity to gain experience of teaching in more than one school.

The Practical Teaching Practice module runs throughout the course, and formative assessment regularly informs your progress and helps you to develop your teaching. At the end of the course, a summative assessment of your competency against the Teachers’ Standards is made.

Our course comprises four modules and is typically studied over one academic year (three school terms), but this can be extended. You will receive day-to-day support from a school-based mentor, as well as your own Personal University Tutor. Both colleagues will support your progress throughout and ensure that your workload is well-managed.

The modular structure of the course is blended in approach. It combines online learning with practical in-school support. There are also face-to-face sessions at our educational conferences, which aims to provide valuable peer support and a collaborative learning environment so that trainees have the opportunity to learn from one another while sharing and reflecting on experiences away from school.

Hotel accommodation and sustenance for trainees attending the face-to-face sessions are organised by the university and included in the course fee. The trainee's travel costs to and from the venue are not included in the course fee.

Assessment throughout our PGCE with QTS is varied and designed to stimulate learning. It includes lesson observations, case study research, oral presentations and written assignments.

The Practical Teaching Practice module runs throughout the course, and formative assessment regularly informs your progress and helps you to develop your teaching. At the end of the course, a summative assessment of your competency against the Teachers’ Standards is made.

Throughout the year, you will also receive visits to your school from university staff who will observe your teaching and provide further support in your progress.

Our PGCE with QTS course is a formal Initial Teacher Training qualification, which upon successful completion results in the accreditation to teach in state-maintained schools in England. Successful completion of the course will also provide 60 Level 7 credits that may be transferred as prior learning credits for future study at master’s degree level.

On successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Teach effectively and skilfully so that all pupils in your lessons progress and learn well
  • Develop a reflective and self-critical approach to analyse and foster skills in teaching that promote your self-efficacy and confidence
  • Critically evaluate pedagogy to adopt relevant strategies and teaching methods that promote high-quality behaviour and learning within your individual context
  • Adapt to new environments according to the needs of children
  • Critically reflect on what impacts pupil learning, and exercise independent judgement, using evidence from your own teaching as well as relevant educational research, to inform and improve your own teaching
  • Analyse your own teaching, and research both teaching theory and practice to identify opportunities for future development, and put improvements into practice
  • Develop critical self-awareness from mentoring and respond positively to feedback to develop greater resilience that will help you to enjoy longevity in a teaching career
  • Demonstrate that you understand the relationship between theory and your own practice, and meet the minimum required level by the end of the course
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate pedagogical theory and literature in support of an argument and present evidence of effectiveness in relation to your own teaching

*This course is subject to the University’s continued accreditation by the Department for Education (DfE) to recommend the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

A 15-credit module consists of 150 hours of learning, which comprise a mix of taught and independent study.

During your study, you’ll have the opportunity to access to an experienced team, including associate lecturers, progression coaches and student experience officers, who will support your studies through regular feedback and dedicated live seminars. Please note that staff may be subject to change.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Entry Requirements

Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a pre-requisite of acceptance onto the course. We will conduct an interview on our Whittlebury Park campus in-person or online to determine your suitability for the PGCE with QTS.

To apply to the course, all trainees must:

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 3-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required.
  • Hold a UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Take part in a rigorous selection process to assess their suitability to train to teach. This involves an application form, pre-interview tasks for subject knowledge, English and Maths, and an interview.
  • Students must have undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including an enhanced DBS check. The National School of Education and Teaching funds the DBS check for tuition-fee paying students. The DBS is paid for by the school for students on the employed route.

Prior experience in teaching or in schools is not a pre-requisite of acceptance onto the course. We will conduct an interview on our Whittlebury Park campus in-person or online to determine your suitability for the PGCE with QTS.

To apply to the course, all trainees must:

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade-4 (C grade) GCSE in English and Mathematics. For those training to teach pupils aged 3-11, a Grade-4 (C grade) in a Science subject is also required.
  • Hold a UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.
  • Take part in a rigorous selection process to assess their suitability to train to teach, and undergone suitable background checks with regard to the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, including enhanced DBS check.

 

English as a Foreign Language Participants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with no component less than 5.5, or TOEFL 600. If you have IELTS 6.0 you may be eligible to study our online pre-sessional English course.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£6,500 (Employment Based Route)
£7,500 (Tuition fee route) (per year)


January 2022

£6,500 (Employment Based Route)
£7,500 (Tuition fee route) (per year)


April 2022

£6,500 (Employment Based Route)
£7,500 (Tuition fee route) (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2021

£6,500 employment based route (per year)


January 2022

£6,500 employment based route (per year)


April 2022

£6,500 employment based route (per year)


We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

 

Career prospects

Our PGCE with QTS is a teacher training course, which upon successful completion certifies trainees to teach in state-maintained schools in England. Many independent schools now also prefer their teachers to have the qualification.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with Coventry University, a Student Contract will be formed between you and Coventry University. A copy of the student contract will be made available to you via the dedicated Admissions Teams, during the enquiry/application stage. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol with the University.

Postgraduate UK/EU students
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, we may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

Postgraduate international students
The tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.