Teach First Training Programme – PGDE with QTS – Bath Spa University

Teach First Training Programme

PGDE with QTS

Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

Award
PGDE with QTS Teach First Training Programme
School/s
School of Education
Course length
Two years full-time.

Entry requirements

All applicants should:

  • Have a degree or A-levels that satisfy our teaching requirements.
  • Have Grade C* in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent). *Those placed to teach in a secondary school in Wales will require at least a B in Maths and English - GCSE. Grade C in one science GCSE is also required for primary or Early Years teaching eligibility.
  • Be flexible to work in any of our locations.

The Teach First Training Programme combines teacher and leadership training. The programme is based on global best practice.

  • Opportunity to be part of a movement that is changing lives and that will change society.
  • Intensive teacher training leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (worth double the credits of a PGCE).
  • Ongoing leadership development, coaching, business training and skills workshops.

Developed in collaboration with leading schools and universities including Bath Spa, the Teach First Training Programme combines world-class teacher and leadership training and leads to a qualification that formally recognises your advanced skills in both teaching and leadership.

The two-year paid programme is based on global best practice and research and has been refined through more than 14 years of experience and feedback from leading employers, teaching experts and previous participants.

What you'll learn

Overview

During the programme you’ll gain a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), covering both education and leadership, and worth double the credits of a PGCE, to become a qualified teacher. You’ll also acquire the key skills and personal qualities needed to develop into an effective leader – someone who can make a real impact.

If you can inspire in the classroom, you can bring resilience, efficiency and imagination to any environment, no matter where your career takes you.

Over 10,000 people have joined the programme so far. Many have remained in the classroom and many others are working in leadership roles across all sectors of the economy. What they all have in common is a belief that every child should have equal opportunities in education and in life, and the knowledge they are contributing towards this goal.

Course structure

Year one
You'll engage with the programme during an intensive five-week Summer Institute before starting in your placement school in September.

While working in school, you'll undertake three modules with input delivered by both Bath Spa University and Teach First. On successful completion of Year One you'll achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Year two
Now a qualified teacher, you'll undertake two further modules of study to complete your PGDE academic award.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Pre-Service Preparation and Readiness
  • Emerging Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
  • Leading Learning in Communities
  • Collaborative Learning and Development
  • Extending Impact and Influencing Others
  • QTS Module

How will I be assessed?

You’ll start at your school as an unqualified teacher and your progress will be continually monitored and supported by your school, Regional Training Provider and Teach First.

In your second year you'll teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and will continue to receive the structured support as part of the programme. This includes mentoring, training and events where you and your cohort will come together, share experiences, reflect on your development and examine ways to accelerate your progress in addressing our goals as a movement for lasting social change.

How will I be taught?

As well as in the classroom, you'll be supported throughout the programme through university-based sessions, your mentor in school and experienced staff.

Opportunities

Access to Professional Development

You'll have the opportunity to pursue a Master's qualification at reduced cost, as well as ongoing leadership development, coaching, business training and skills workshops

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Teach First trainee your university sessions will take place in school, at Newton Park and with Teach First. You’ll benefit from access to:

Fees

This is a fully-funded employment-based route.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

All applicants should:

  • Have a degree or A-levels that satisfy our teaching requirements.
  • Have Grade C* in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent). *Those placed to teach in a secondary school in Wales will require at least a B in Maths and English - GCSE. Grade C in one science GCSE is also required for primary or Early Years teaching eligibility.
  • Be flexible to work in any of our locations.

How do I apply?

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Programme leader: Wendy Hanrahan
Email: w.hanrahan@bathspa.ac.uk

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