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What is the difference between a PGCE and a PGDE?

A PGDE will award you 120 CAT points, which could be used towards a masters and a PGCE has 60 CAT points. In order to attain a masters qualification you need 180 CATS point in total.

What is the difference between SCITT and School Direct training?

SCITTs are allowed to award their own QTS. They design their own programmes and work with an extensive network of schools. School-Direct courses have to be accredited by either a University or a SCITT.

I don’t have GCSE English/Maths/Science can I still apply?

Some providers allow an equivalency tests with specified providers should you not have a GCSE in either, English, Maths or Science.

What are my options if I don’t have a degree?

If you don’t have a degree, but have the entry requirements for an undergraduate programme (A’Levels or equivalent such as BTEC Level 3), the University of Derby runs a number of Education/Teaching undergraduate programmes.

I don’t have any classroom experience, what is the best route for me?

There is no requirement to have classroom experience to train to teach, however, we would always recommend you spend some time in a classroom.

How do I go about getting some classroom experience?

Teach Derby has an opportunity for aspiring trainees to gain four weeks of school based experience. It is a unique chance to see if working in a school is for you. This internship programme is being run by Landau Forte. For further information contact Landau Forte and ask to speak to Tracy Fazekas.

I want to teach in secondary school do I need GCSE English and Maths if I don’t want to teach those subjects?

Yes you need GCSE English and Maths Grade C (4) or above if you want to train to teach

What is the difference between a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?

You must have QTS in order to take up a teaching post. Not all PGCE programmes automatically award Qualified Teacher Status. It is important to check this when applying. All Teach Derby Initial Teacher Training programmes lead to QTS and 60 CAT points.