QTS and PGCE
Our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) with Masters Level credits. All trainees will work towards their PGCE with the Institute of Education at UCL, one of Europe’s leading specialist providers of professional education.
How is the course structured?
You will learn on the job with a one-year main placement supplemented by three in-year placements: a three day placement in an alternative provision school, a three week placement in a contrasting school, and a week-long cross-phase placement. Placements are vital in providing you with the broadest possible experience in order to prepare you to become an outstanding teacher.
In addition to these placements, you will attend weekly practical training sessions at our training centre in Pimlico which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and excellent practice away from the classroom. You will be given formal written feedback at three assessment points in December, March and June. Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of June. NQTs can be employed from July.
You will be assigned a school-based Subject Mentor whose role is to support you in developing your classroom practice, subject knowledge and help you to meet the Teachers’ Standards. All mentors are highly qualified and equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to support you throughout your training year. Your Mentor will meet you once a week to set and review targets, and will also observe you teach once a week to give you written feedback.