A PGCE is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and is one of the many courses that trains you to teach.
No, you only need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). The PGCE is an additional qualification you can gain alongside QTS, which is professionally and academically recognised.
The PGCE is one of the most popular teaching qualifications and combines both academic study and teaching practice. It is a postgraduate qualification, so you will need to have studied for an undergraduate degree first. However, this doesn’t always have to be in a relevant subject as you can undertake Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE). Many PGCEs also offer Masters-level credits.
A PGDE is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and is similar to a PGCE. We offer both, depending on which subject you are studying, in partnership with two local universities. The PGCE is with Sheffield Hallam University, and the PGDE is with the University of Sheffield.
STSA is big enough to provide a fully rounded training course, yet small enough to give you a really high level of support. You’re not one of hundreds to us.
We know every trainee on our course and can help you out whenever you need it – with advice and support on everything from finance and transport issues to school placements and job applications.
The STSA team is made up of teaching professionals and administrative staff who are dedicated to providing you with support – ensuring you make a smooth transition from applicant to trainee, then trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). They even support you as you apply for your first job, with both applications and interview preparation. They bring together expertise from a wide range of areas – from primary, secondary and special schools, from the classroom and leadership teams at both school and trust level, and from commercial life as well as education.
You will have your own school-based mentor, who will be a practising teacher based in your main placement school. You will have weekly meetings with them to review your progress and raise any issues you may have. They are responsible for providing you with a thorough induction and ensuring you can access a variety of useful opportunities within the school – from attending staff meetings to observing outstanding teaching. They will stay in touch with you during your second placement - where you will also have another mentor, providing similar support during this shorter period.
You will also have a university tutor to support you with your academic progress.
As a training provider, we will do everything we can to meet your needs. We work in full partnership with the universities where you are a fully enrolled student with access to all their facilities. If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(DHD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at university. Contact us for further information.
Our employment rate for the trainees in well above the national average. Each year well over 80% find a job in the first month!
in 2017/18 we saw 97% of trainees being graded as good or outstanding (69% achieved outstanding which is truly phenomenal).
We don’t just train new teachers; we also support them throughout their careers. We offer professional learning courses on everything from behaviour management and subject specialism training through to middle and senior leadership. Many teachers also work for us in providing support for schools in particular areas; they get released from their day job in school to go and support colleagues elsewhere.
Because we’re so well connected, with both individual teachers and schools, we have a great network to help you find your first job. You can also sign up to our vacancies bulletin, even before you finish your course.