PGCE and School Direct

Is the course full time?

Yes, the course runs from September to July as a full time course.  We are unable to accept any part time applications

What time does the course start and finish each day?

The course is demanding. You should anticipate spending 50 to 55 hours each week on course work during the year. Hours of attendance at the SCIL training centre are usually 9 to 4.30. Days in schools will be longer.

How is the course assessed?

The course is on-going assessment via tasks, assignments and school placements.

How many school placements will I have?

PGCE trainees have three placements during the training year, Somerset SCITT organise these for trainees.  Whilst we will endeavor to limit the traveling time, as Somerset is a rural county please note that you may have to travel up to 1 hour to your placement

School Direct trainees spend most of their time in a host school and have an additional ‘B’ placement for at least 6 weeks in another school.  Both placements are organised by Somerset SCITT.  Trainees will know their host schools before starting in September.

Can I choose my placement school?

No. We are unable to place trainees in a school that they already have links with e.g. used to work at, children’s school as we feel this can detract from the quality of the experience.

What qualification will I leave with?

The PGCE course leads to a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) validated by The University of Worcester. The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree. The School Direct (salaried) route leads to QTS,  trainees will be required to work towards a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

Is there any accommodation attached to the course?

Unfortunately not.

I have children, are there any childcare facilities?

Unfortunately not.

When does the application process open each year?

UCAS opens in October each year for courses starting the following September. Candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible.  There is an initial deadline of 1st December, however we will reopen after this date if there are still places available.  There isn’t a set deadline for applications, we will accept applications until we have fully recruited for the course.

Can I apply if I am still currently finishing my degree?

Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your degree by the first day of the course.

Can I apply if I am waiting for exam results for GCSEs?

Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above by the first day of the course.  If you don’t achieve the required grade then unfortunately your offer will be withdrawn and you will be unable to start the course.

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