Frequently Asked Questions

 We understand that you will likely have questions about the course, about us and about how to apply.

After all, taking the first steps on your career path to becoming a teacher can be daunting. Below we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions, however if you would like to speak to one of our team in person please feel free to drop us a line any time, we are always happy to help.

A UK Bachelor degree qualification or a recognised equivalent qualification.
5 GCSE grades A-C to include English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

International qualifications
International qualifications will be checked for comparability via the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC).

For Primary with PGCE applicants: Minimum 10 days experience within a primary setting within the previous 12 months (applicants can cite planned experience as part of their personal statement, however it is advised to gain this experience first in order to ensure consideration for interview).

For QTS Only applicants: Minimum 20 days experience within a primary setting within the previous 12 months. This experience must have been gained across both key stages, and one of your references must be from the Headteacher of the school.

Once applications are received through UCAS, they undergo a careful screening process to ascertain suitabilty for interview.
Consideration is given to how much experience applicants have had in primary schools; academic qualifications (or predictions for pending degrees); suitability to teach & personal qualities and the quality of the personal statement in terms of grammar and spelling. Those selected will be invited to attend an interview day. Where applicants cannot make the specified date, an alternative date can be arranged subject to available places.

Put simply, we are looking for potential. More specifically, we are looking for candidates who have the qualities required for a career in teaching, the potential to turn these qualities into a journey towards becoming a great teacher, and the work ethic and determination required to make this a reality.
We want to hear from people who are personable, friendly and engaging; have a strong work ethic and a positive outlook; who understand the importance of teaching and want to make a difference.
We welcome applications from both career changers with valuable work experience, through to those who are in their final year of their first degree. We also seek to accept applications from groups under-represented in teaching: ethnic minority trainees, students with disabilities and male teachers.

Where candidates do not have the required GCSE grades or equivalent for their chosen pathway, they must complete an equivalency test. These can be completed at various institutions and applicants are advised to visit www.equivalencytesting.co.uk in the first instance. Where applicants are completing equivalency tests, a condition of offer will be the successful completion to the minimum level prior to commencement on the course.
All applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify their suitability for working with young people. This will be a condition of offer.

Our course fees for 2017-18 are set at £9000 per annum for PGCE with QTS and £7800 for QTS only.

Trainees have 2 options for payment, either via a loan from Student Finance or via self-funding. If you fund via Student Finance, once your loan application is approved the payments will be made directly to us and you do not need to take any further action. If you self-fund, you will need to adhere to the following payment terms and payments can be made either by BACS or cheque.

Term 1 : 1st October 2017
Percentage of Total Fees : 33.3%
Amount (£9,000 or £7,800) : £3000 / £2600

Term 2 : 4th January 2018
Percentage of Total Fees : 33.3%
Amount (£9,000 or £7,800) : £3000 / £2600

Term 3 : 4th April 2018
Percentage of Total Fees : 33.3%
Amount (£9,000 or £7,800) : £3000 / £2600

For more information on, and to apply for Student Finance, visit their website at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

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