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Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance

Frequently Asked Questions

Apart from qualifications, what is the Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance looking for?

Ideally you should have some recent experience either working with young people in youth settings classroom working in the age range you wish to teach so you know which age range is for you. Your school experience may be as a volunteer with youth groups or many of our successful candidates already work in schools as either Teaching or Classroom Assistants. 

I have a teaching qualification from abroad. Do I need to do a teaching course to be able to teach in the UK? 

Oversea-trained teachers (OTTs) who have qualified outside of the EEA and Switzerland may apply for Initial Teacher Training in the UK. You will need to research UK Visa and immigration requirements. If you are a trained teacher from Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA you may apply for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without further training or assessment.? 

What’s the difference between QTS and a PGCE?

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) means that you have met the statutory requirements (The Teachers’ Standards) for teaching in the UK. You need QTS to be able to teach in maintained schools in the UK.? 

A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) is an additional academic qualification which includes QTS. All our courses include both. 

Which is the best route into teaching? 

There is no ‘best route’ into teaching but our trainees said they applied to us because they wanted to learn on the job and knew we had a great reputation (Ofsted 'Outstanding' in all areas November 2018). Our School Direct offer means you are in school for the majority of your training e.g. 4 days a week from the start of the year, whilst receiving training from the Teaching School and HEI. 

How much does it cost to train to be a teacher?

Tuition fees are £9250 and you may be eligible for a training bursary for many Secondary subjects. The amount will depend on the subject you wish to train in and your class of degree.

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What will my teacher training course be like? 

The Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance School Direct route offers training that is predominately delivered in schools by school. This is complimented by training through our alliance and HEI academic studies. Typically you will be in school learning on the job 4 days a week and in training on day 5. 

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers you will have. It is hard work and you need to be prepared to work long hours whilst training, approximately 60 hours per week. Those who choose teaching say it's the most rewarding way to spend their working life and well worth the effort. 

How to Apply 

All applicants should apply through Apply Portsmouth and Solent Training Alliance 1 DR.

If you have an initial query then please do contact us at info@PS-TA.net