Teacher Training Events & Open Days
Ordinarily, outside of COVID, we would welcome visits from any prospective candidate, but obviously in the current climate we request that people do not drop in. We will gladly schedule a call or Zoom chat if you’d like to ‘meet’ with any of the team to find out more.
Applications for entry onto the course in September 2021, are now open: Apply here.
**Update 29th March 2021 – We have today closed our course for September 2021 applicants. Applications will no longer be accepted through UCAS or the Apply service. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your details, to register your interest and be included on a reserve list. If we receive any deferrals or withdrawals, we will then be in touch with those people to progress their application. Many thanks.**
Institution Code: P82 Primary Course Code: X100 Early Years Course Code: X110
- A minimum of a 2.2 degree preferably with some links to primary education.
- GCSE at Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
- It is an advantage to have at least two good passes at A level or the equivalent.
- To also be competent and confident in the use of ICT.
What if I do not have UK qualifications?
Contact NARIC on 0870 9904088 and gain paper verification that it is equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:2 or above and for GCSE equivalents
Any application received is reviewed for suitability before candidates are are selected for interview.
Outside of Covid, interviews take place at our training rooms adjacent to Beacon View Primary Academy.
The interview process comprises of four components:
- Mini teach in pairs
- Written task
Most candidates will know within two weeks as to whether they will be offered a place on the course.
We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive feedback if they are unsuccessful in their application to secure a place.
Given current social distancing guidelines, we have adapted our interview process to be conducted remotely, still incorporating the presentation and interview, but with the planning and written tasks issued prior to our virtual meeting.
Candidates offered a place:
If candidates are offered a place they will be asked to spend some time preparing for the course. The PGCE year will be a challenging one, but successful candidates will receive considerable support from Expert Colleagues and Workshop Leaders, Link Tutors and Mentors. The demands made on each trainee are high, and we have a reputation for training good teachers, especially in the City of Portsmouth. This is a reputation we are proud of. Our demands require a very high level of commitment from all the applicants who want to consider joining us.
All PGCE trainees must hold a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) enhanced disclosure before the start of the PGCE course. Details of how to apply will be provided once you have been made an offer of a place on the course.
Please note – candidates must obtain a satisfactory enhanced DBS before they start on the course.