QTS and PGCE
We have a number of different routes:
1. Unsalaried Tuition-fee Route
2. Unsalaried Tuition-fee Route (with Future Teach Scholarship)
3. Salaried School Direct Route
4. Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship Route
All these routes follow our year-long School-centre Initial Teacher Training programme which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship (PGCE).
Applicants apply for these programmes through UCAS.
Throughout this training applicants will:
- Train at one school for the majority of the course, supplemented by three shorter placements within a different phase, contrasting setting and in an alternative provision.
- Receive weekly training from expert teachers.
- Take guidance from carefully selected subject specialist mentors who are trained in identifying specific, actionable feedback that will move their practice forwards.
- Gain QTS and a PGCE through one of our university partners.
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. Newly Qualified Teachers (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.
Want to learn more about the schools you could be working in?
Find out more by looking at our school placements page.
Want to learn more about our trainee teachers' experiences on the course?
Find out more by reading our testimonials.