Carmel College, Prescot Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 3AG

01744 452200

Initial Teacher Training course

Initial Teacher Training course

Carmel College is excited and delighted to offer an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course, the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) Level 5 (PGCE) which is validated by Edexcel.

The Government department for Business, Innovation and Skills has specifically designated Carmel to run this course.

The Diploma in Education and Training qualifies successful candidates to teach in the Post 16 sector, but does not prevent trainees who graduate with this qualification from applying for a position in a School or Academy teaching 11-16 year olds. We can give you more information on how to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The Diploma in Education and Training enables you to train to teach in a wide variety of subjects. Currently there are 37 traditional A level courses being taught at Carmel, plus Applied A levels, BTECs and University Arts London Level 3 courses. There are GCSE and "stepping-stone" qualifications on offer in mathematics and English, and a vibrant Foundation Learning department offering a range of Entry and Level 1 courses. The College also has a large Higher Education provision linking with the University of Liverpool and Salford University. Teacher Training students contribute to many of the above depending on their qualifications and career aims.

If you choose to teach Mathematics, English or Special Educational Needs you can also apply for a bursary to support your study at Carmel. The amount awarded depends upon your degree classification: for those wishing to teach Mathematics, the bursary ranges from £9,000 to £20,000; if you want to teach English or Special Educational Needs there is a bursary available of between £4,000 and £9,000.

What will the course involve?
The course is both intense and stimulating, enabling many varied experiences. It is delivered wholly at Carmel on a full-time basis (approximately 30 weeks) over one academic year. The Diploma in Education and Training comprises of nine units, with each unit being assessed by both your Subject Mentor and the Course Coordinator, before being moderated by Edexcel. For more information read the course specification

You will be taught the theoretical aspects of the course and then you will put the theory into action teaching students in the classroom. To successfully complete the course you will need to pass each unit and be judged competent as a Classroom Teacher. Obviously you will be well supported throughout your time at Carmel by both your course and subject tutors.

The Diploma in Education and Training will also include the full range of educational experiences that you will need in preparation to enter the teaching profession. As such, you will be expected to attend Open Evenings, Parent Evenings and you will also have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of enrichment and support activities. Further information about what Carmel offers their students can be found in the college prospectus.

How much will the course cost?
Carmel offers this course at a very competitive cost. Tuition fees are approximately £6000 for the year which compares very favourably with local universities whose fees are around £9000. For more information read the Bursary Guide. The Diploma in Education and Training is recognised by the Student Loans Company so you will also have the option to apply for a loan if you want to.

Why choose Carmel for your Teacher Training?
Carmel is an outstanding College and a centre for educational excellence, providing an environment of opportunity and challenge. The resourcing of courses and the learning facilities are exceptional. Students therefore achieve excellent academic results and Carmel is in the top 2% of 1,122 schools and colleges nationally (ALPS). The College offers a wide range of courses, from Foundation Level through to degree courses, and many students progress onto prestigious destinations.

Carmel is an inclusive college with a caring Christian atmosphere. The needs and interests of our students are at the heart of everything we do and staff believe in "going the extra mile" to support students to ensure they succeed. We are extremely proud of the professionalism and ability of our tutors and believe they have much to offer those who wish to train as teachers. Tutors have considerable experience in supporting teaching placements and in a recent Ofsted inspection of a local university all our trainees were observed and each awarded an overall Grade One.

What recent trainees say about the course:
"ITT at Carmel College provides the ideal opportunity to study and learn in an environment that enables you to cultivate the correct skills and acquire the appropriate knowledge and understanding required to become a competent and confident practitioner. This involves working with professionals who value your judgement and input throughout the duration of the course, providing scope for you to flourish as a teacher in training." Jess Tarr 2014-2015 English Literature/Language trainee

"Excellent experience, course tutor offered a lot off support to ensure the best experience and guidance. Subject mentors, value you as a member of staff, and provide you with opportunities such as field trips to ensure you become an all-rounded teacher in your field. Other teaching staff are always there to support you if you need extra advice. The students value you as a "proper" (qualified) teacher as you are with them from the beginning of the year." Lizzie Atkinson 2014-2015 Geography trainee.

"I'd thoroughly recommend the course to anyone who asks. The opportunity to be on site in an outstanding college for 5 days a week helps to give a full insight into the demands of the profession. The support provided from both the course leader and subject mentors was second to none. The students treated you with the same respect as if you were a full member of staff and I felt I got a real taste of what life would be like as a full time teacher." Phil Green 1014-2015 Government and Politics trainee.

Past Trainees
Since the ITT course began in September 2012 there have been 26 graduates. 14 secured teaching posts in schools and 12 gained teaching posts in Sixth Form Colleges of which 4 are in the same establishment Blessed John Rigby.

If you wish to apply for consideration for the next course which begins in September 2016, please contact for more information.