The University is still planning to run our intakes as listed on the website, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 government advice and guidelines. Should we become unable to start the course on the planned date we will be in touch with the new start date, which will be as close to the original as possible.
The QTS Conversion Course is available to teachers who are currently employed in maintained or independent schools in England, and who have already completed the University of Buckingham’s Independent PGCE. This course is the accreditation that enables teachers to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
The Primary QTS Conversion Course is available via two routes – General Primary or Subject Specific Primary (available in Physical Education / Sport, MFL and Music). It is a 37-week school-based course during which time you will work under the guidance of a mentor and receive weekly tutorials to review progress and set targets.
There are four training programmes (nine days overall) to attend across the academic year and this is supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Online Resources. In 2020 the first (day-long) course is on 25 August; The other courses are on 26-28 October 2020, 15-17 February 2021 and 1-2 June 2021. Each trainee is assigned a University tutor who visits once per term to assess their progress and guide their development. Trainees are assessed against the Teaching Standards by both their mentor and their tutor and there are three assignments to complete.
International students come in October and February only.
For teachers undertaking their first year of teaching we highly recommend your participation in our Ab Initio course in late August as an addition to the PGCE. This will provide you with some basic knowledge and skills to start teaching and build your confidence in the classroom.
You are expected to undertake a teaching placement in a second school which must be a non-selective state maintained primary school. The duration of this teaching placement is determined upon interview, but is likely to be for three weeks.