- Art & Design
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Spanish, French, German
Which subjects do you offer?
What is QTS?
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is what you need to be a qualified teacher. All our routes award QTS. You can choose to do QTS with PGCE or QTS.
So what is PGCE?
PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) is an academic award which offers up to 60 Master’s credits. A full Master’s degree is 180 credits.
Is there a big difference between PGCE and QTS routes?
The QTS route has a core programme of 3 school placements, centre and school-based professional studies and subject pathway sessions, leading to the completion of a Key Evidence File. There will also be a presentation and two 1000 word practice-based written assignments focused on your teaching.
The PGCE route has the same core programme. In addition, there will be three Master’s level assignments worth 20 credits each. The PGCE is awarded by the University of Bristol.
Will PGCE help me get a job abroad?
This is not an easy question to answer! QTS officially only qualifies you teach in England and Wales but may be recognised elsewhere. Many countries ask for a postgraduate academic qualification so a PGCE could be an advantage. However, it is not recognised everywhere and there are variations, even within countries, e.g. it is accepted in some states and provinces of Australia and Canada, but not all.
If you are intending to teach in an international school, many of which are private, they will not necessarily require a teaching qualification. However, teaching experience will be an advantage, so we advise teaching in England or Wales first before looking overseas.
Am I more likely to get a job with a PGCE?
Headteachers are looking to recruit the very best teachers. Having a PGCE does not necessarily make you a better classroom practitioner but there are some headteachers who prefer applicants to have a PGCE.
Where will I be placed?
GITEP SCITT works with the all Gloucestershire secondary schools and a number of schools in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Swindon. We will endeavour to place you in a parent school which suits your training needs and is also a reasonable commute for you. A twin placement is planned for you to gain a contrasting experience.
What is the difference between GITEP SCITT and School Direct?
The training programme is virtually identical for trainees on both routes. However, School Direct trainees are recruited with the intention that they will be placed at the lead school or one of its partner schools and there is an expectation of employment at the end of the programme. In practice, employment is often within the wider GITEP partnership.
If relocating where would be the most useful place to live?
We normally recommend you relocate to Gloucester or Cheltenham as, from there, you can most easily access schools across the county for placements and subject sessions.
Do I need to drive?
No, but Gloucestershire is a big rural county and being able to drive and have the use of a car will be an advantage.
When will I know about my twin placement?
Normally towards the end of the autumn term.
Am I eligible for the bursary?
Bursaries are dependent on your subject and degree classification.
- Be eligible for UK student finance
- Be a UK national or have settled status, normally live in England and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before the first day of the course
- Hold a UK first degree
- Be training in an eligible ITT subject
- Not already hold QTS, or be eligible to receive QTS
- Not undertake paid teaching work when receiving the bursary
- Not be simultaneously undertaking any other ITT course/training leading to QTS
To be eligible for UK student finance you must be an EU national, or the family member of an EU national, and have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the start of the course
What financial support is available?
Through Student Finance you may be eligible for:
- Student loan
- Maintenance loan
- Bursary if eligibility met and training in an eligible ITT subject
Other sources of support are:
- GITEP Trainee Teacher Fund, if you are not eligible for a bursary or in receipt of a bursary of £4,000 or less
- Other Student Finance available:
- Adult Dependants Grant
- Parents Learning Allowance
- Disabled Students Allowance
- Living Costs
- Childcare Grant
To be eligible for UK student finance – You must be an EU national, or the family member of an EU national and have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the start of the course.
Can I arrange to come to GITEP for a discussion?
We run “Teacher Taster Days” at our partner schools throughout the year – the latest dates are on the Home page of the website. These days always include someone from GITEP who will be able to answer your questions. We will also be at “Train to Teach” events over the course of the year and dates for these are also on the Home page
Who can I talk to if I have a question about my subject?
Is it possible to be interviewed over Skype?
No, we interview all trainees in person.
How do I know if my degree is suitable?
You will need a 2:2 or above in a relevant subject for all subjects.
PE requires a 2:1 or above.
If you are applying for Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology and your degree is not in the subject or a related specialism you will need A level at Grade C or above in the subject. It is likely that you will be asked to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
What are the entry requirements?
In addition to the degree requirements above you will need:
- Maths GCSE grade C or above
- English GCSE grade C or above
If you do not have a UK Maths GCSE grade C or above or an English GCSE grade C or above, then you will be required to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Can I do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course?
For shortage subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Geography – there are Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses available. These are aimed at applicants who have degrees which are not directly relevant, or at those who completed their studies some time ago. SKE courses are fully funded if you are offered a place and could be online, face-to-face, or a combination of both. They are not suitable for all applicants. SKE courses are normally completed before you start your training but can be taken alongside.
How can I gain school experience?
There are local Teacher Taster Days advertised on our website. You can book on one of these as a starting point. At a TTD you will meet members of the school’s training team, observe classes, tour the school and have opportunity to ask questions and make contacts, as well as meeting a member of the GITEP team and learning more about routes into teaching. You do not have to have had a set amount of experience before you apply.
Schools are busy places and gets lots of requests for experience which is why so many now run taster days. We can help you if you are struggling to find a suitable school.
Many schools are part of the School Experience Programme (further details).
Do you offer the option to study part-time?
Yes. Maximum study time is 2 years. All professional studies and each subject pathway will be attended in the first year. The 3 school placements are offered flexibly and the following is a guide:
Parent 1 part-time placement (5–6 teaching hours per week plus 3 hours of meetings and preparation normally over at least 2–3 days).
Twin part-time placement (6–7 hours teaching per week plus 3 hours of meetings and preparation normally over at least 2–3 days).
Parent 2 full-time placement (8 weeks).
Assignment deadlines will be negotiated with GITEP and you can follow the QTS route or QTS with PGCE route.
When do applications open?
Applications will open on the 18th October.
What do the course codes mean?
There are two course codes for each subject. One is the course code for QTS and the other for QTS with PGCE. If you apply for QTS and change your mind (at or after interview) to QTS with PGCE, or vice versa, then you can do so for up to 4 weeks after you accept your offer.
Do you have salaried places?
We only offer salaried places when schools ask us and we know there is a school to employ you. It can be the case that salaried places appear during the year.
I have overseas qualifications. How do I know if they will be suitable?
If you have non-UK qualifications then you will need to ensure that they are equivalent to UK qualifications; A*-C grade in Maths and English GCSE and an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above. You can apply to get your qualifications compared by NARIC: NARIC website.
How do I register for the NCTL Skills Tests?
The professional skills tests for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. These are in addition to the GCSE requirement and interview tests.
Skills tests in numeracy and literacy must be passed before you can start the course.
You’ll need to book your tests with Learn Direct. Learn Direct’s helpdesk is available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm . Telephone: 0300 303 9613
Skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for 3 years. You must start an ITT course within this period. If you are applying for a course which starts beyond the period of validity, you will need to re-take the skills tests.
Why should I apply to more than one Gloucestershire route?
If you are accepted by GITEP SCITT or any of our 4 School Direct Lead Schools you will do the same course and gain the same qualification. If you are keen to train to teach in Gloucestershire then applying to more than one route may be helpful and many of our trainees do so. The School Direct Lead Schools have no more than three places per subject and in some subjects it is only one, so not being accepted by a Lead School does not mean you will not be accepted by GITEP SCITT or one of the other Lead Schools.
Will GITEP help with getting a job?
You will be given extensive help with job applications and mock interviews. Over the last 3 years our employment rate has been virtually 100% and last year over 70% were employed in our partnership schools. GITEP is run by Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers and we can, and do, circulate details of trainees seeking employment.
Can I have time off during the course?
Normally, no. If you commit to the course it is expected that you will arrange holidays, weddings, family events etc. in school holidays. We do allow you to attend your graduation ceremony and of course would treat any other request for compassionate leave with sensitivity.
Once I gain QTS with PGCE or QTS is there a ’shelf life’ or do I need to complete my NQT year by any deadline?
No. It used to be the case that you had to complete your first year of teaching within 5 years of gaining QTS but this is no longer the case.
When do I start?
The first week of September.