We have found over the years that due to the complicated and fast-changing nature of Initial Teacher Training we often get similar questions from prospective students each year. With this in mind we have created this handy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage to provide fuller guidance and which will be updated as and when a new popular question arises!

What sector is your programme aimed at?

It is primarily aimed at trainee teachers who want to work in post-16: FE colleges, sixth form colleges, 14-19yrs in Schools, Adult Ed, prisons, charities, private training sector and public sector organisations. It will also, however, provide a route into teaching in schools (see below).
It does not achieve QTS, but you can seek QTLS (see below).

What is QTLS?

QTLS stands for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status. It is the professional status for teachers in the post-16 sector, just as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the professional status for school teachers.
For more information regarding the gaining of QTLS and the equivalency of QTLS to QTS, please see https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/professionalism/qtls/.

Will your programmes qualify me to teach in Primary and Secondary schools?

If you are solely interested in teaching in the Primary or Secondary sectors you will want to consider the associated professional programme leading to QTS see https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/.
If you successfully achieve the ProfGCE/DET and achieved your QTLS status you would then be able to apply for school teacher jobs alongside those that took the school route and achieved QTS. 

Will I be graded on my PGCE?

All PGCE/DET programmes are mapped against grading criteria. Successful completion of all criteria for the PGCE/DET will result in a pass being awarded. However, at present, students will also receive a grade of Outstanding (Grade 1), Good (Grade 2) or Needs Improvement (Grade 3). This grading does not appear on the final certificate.  

Can I apply without the confirmation of my teaching?

Yes, you can still apply for the programmes but you will not be offered an unconditional place until teaching is secured.  You may want to consider the Introductory Award (Module 1) as an alternative option.
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