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Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE


Course Description

Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE

This intensive and well-supported year of training will prepare you to teach children at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form. You will focus on one of the following subject specialisms: maths; modern languages (French, German or Spanish); or science (biology, chemistry or physics). Apart from gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in accordance with government standards, you will also receive the award of PGCE with 60 credits towards a masters degree.

What you will study

Twenty-four weeks of this 36-week practical programme are based in school. You will have assessed practice placements in at least two different schools, enabling you to experience varied types of school. Mentors within the schools, and your University tutors, will provide training, support and guidance during the placements. Your university studies will focus on the teaching of your specialist subject, together with professional skills (eg planning work for pupils, planning for good discipline and control), which will help you become an effective teacher.

Please be aware: applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Find out about about how to register for the skills test on our website.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Specialist pathways

Mathematics Specialist Pathway
Modern Languages Specialist Pathway
Science Specialist Pathway

What you need to apply for this course

Typical offer:

A 2:2 honours degree relevant to your subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to your chosen specialism).
GCSE (A–C): English Language and Mathematics.
Proficiency in French, Spanish or German if applying for the modern languages specialism. We particularly welcome those who are able to offer a second potential teaching language. However, we give careful consideration to all applications and, very occasionally, accept applicants for the modern languages specialism with only one language.

Note that you apply through UCAS Teacher Training for this course.

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree relevant to your subject specialism; GCSE (A–C) English Language and Mathematics. Please see the webpage for further requirements.

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