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Education pre-course

Welcome to the Initial Teacher Education Pre-Course Information website

Student with a pupil in a Primary School

We are pleased that you will be joining us in September to embark on your studies in teacher training. We have put together some important information to help with your course preparation. Please do read each section carefully as there are some actions you will need to take now.

For your information, the course start dates are:

PGCE Primary/Early Years & School Direct (SD) Primary & PGCE Secondary – Monday 9 September 2019

BA Primary – Monday 16 September 2019

We look forward to meeting you in September. In the meantime, if you do have any questions, please get in touch by emailing education@kingston.ac.uk quoting your Kingston ID or telephone us on 020 8417 5145.

Best wishes

The Admissions and Placement Team
School of Education
Kingston University

THINGS TO DO

Refer to your individual programmes and the checklist provided for what you need to be doing now and preparing for in your studies.

However, ALL students must complete and return (where appropriate) the following:

  1. Occupational Health questionnaire
  2. DBS application and sign up to the Update Service
  3. Certificate of Good Conduct if you have lived for more than 3 months overseas in last 5 years
  4. Update Service consent slip
  5. Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy
  6. Any school experience that is indicated as a condition on their offer
  7. Introductory Observation experience – 2 – 6 Sept (PGCE students only excluding SD)
  8. Submit outstanding original qualification certificates
  9. All other forms – refer to your specific course for a full list
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD PrimaryBA PrimaryPGCE Secondary PGCE EYTSDisclosure and Barring ServiceOccupational HealthProfessional Skills TestsFees and FundingSupport for Students with Disabilities or DyslexiaHow to find usUseful Contacts
Welcome from the Course Leader

Welcome from the Course Leader

Welcome to the PGCE Primary General and Early Years course at the School of Education, Kingston University. We hope that you will enjoy your year with us and find it stimulating and rewarding. The course has proved to be highly successful with a very high percentage of students gaining a first teaching appointment.

The PGCE course consists of a challenging combination of modules designed to stimulate your thinking and develop your knowledge of the primary and early years curriculum. It will prepare you to teach the Primary National Curriculum subjects or Early Years Foundation Stage framework depending on your chosen pathway, and consider how overarching themes, such as creativity, critical thinking, identity and cultural diversity are necessary components of a child’s experiences at school. Specifically, you will develop your understanding of how teachers encourage children to be successful learners and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to the school and wider communities.

The course is challenging as it combines intensively taught components with experience in school and wider educational contexts. In addition, there will be many opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers, tutors and teachers to help you meet the demands of post graduate study leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status. Working in this way reflects the high priority given in the teaching profession to working as a team with colleagues.

There are further opportunities to develop your areas of interest through personal research and seminar discussions at Masters level, supported on reflections of school experience. This work, together with fieldwork, visits and a course programme enriched with inputs from school colleagues and your tutors, should enable you to extend your knowledge and skills of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

This introductory material provides you with important information and also outlines some required activities, to be undertaken before you commence the course in September. This will start to prepare you for what will be a demanding year where it will be essential that you carefully organise your study time in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your personal tutors are looking forward to meeting with you and will also play a key role in helping you to get the most from the course and realising your full potential.

In the meantime, if there is anything further you wish to know or have clarified, please get in touch.

Claire Jackson

PGCE Primary & Early Years Course Leader

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and sign Occupational Health questionnaire. Within 2 weeks of receiving the questionnaire.
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification. As soon as you receive the online DBS activation email from GBG.
3 Sign up to the Update Service and return consent slip. Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date.
4 Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have spent time living overseas for more than 3 months in the last 5 years. Submit as soon as possible.
5 Submit outstanding original qualification certificates. As soon as possible or 31st July 2019 if you are completing your degree in June.
6 Pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Refer to date given on your offer.
7 Complete the school experience placements form (excluding SD Primary). Within 2 weeks of receiving the form.
8 Read and sign the Placement Policy (excluding SD Primary). Return form by  28th June 2019.
9 Complete form to book a place on the field trip. Return form by  28th June 2019.
10 ALL students (excluding School Direct) must undertake introductory observation experience (5 days). Monday 2nd – Friday 6th September 2019.
11 Complete Introductory Observation Days Booklet (excluding SD Primary). In the observation week (2nd – 6th September) and bring this with you on your first day (9th Sept).
12 Preparatory Reading and complete pre-course tasks. July -September 2019.
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Term Dates 2019-20

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Term Dates 2019/20

Monday 2 September 2019 – Friday 6 September 2019

– Pre Course School Based Observation (refer to School Observation section)

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Monday 9 September 2019 –
Friday 20 December 2019
Thursday 2 January 2020 –
Friday 3 April 2020
Monday 20 April 2020 –
Friday 26 June 2020
Reading Week:
Monday 28 October 2019 –
Friday 1 November  2019
Reading Week:
Monday 17 February 2020 –
Friday 21 February 2020
Reading Week:
Monday 25 May 2020 –
Friday 29 May 2020

NB: You may find that your school half-term does not fall in the same week as the reading week, particularly in October. If this is the case, you will be expected to go into school during the reading week.

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Induction/Enrolment Programme

PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Induction/Enrolment Programme

Monday 9th September 2019

All students are asked to arrive at the Kingston Hill Campus by 8.45am.

Please go to the School of Education (see number 4 on map) where signs will be posted to tell you which room to go to. Your first session will begin at 9am

8.45 Arrival
9.00 The Induction Week Programme Course Structure and Timetable
1.00 Study Groups
4.00 Finish

ENROLMENT

Enrolment will take place at the University during your induction period and the exact date, time and details of your enrolment session will be confirmed at a later date. Please make sure that you read the information carefully and bring the necessary documents.


WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO INDUCTION

  1. Outstanding qualification certificates (originals only)
  2. Completed Introductory Observation booklet (5 days school experience)
  3. DBS Certificate to the DBS check session (date to be confirmed)


CAR PARKING

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant room.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term-time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass. However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus

The 85 and K3 buses and the free Kingston University buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence. Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment for allocation of your Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

PGCE Primary/Early Years School Experience & Introductory Observation Days
PGCE Primary/Early Years Introductory Observation Days Booklet
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Preparatory Reading and Tasks
PGCE Primary/Early Years Placements Form
PGCE Primary/Early Years Placement Policy
PGCE Primary/Early Years & SD Primary Field Trip
Welcome from the Course Leader

Congratulations on your acceptance to the BA (Hons) in Primary Teaching programme at the School of Education, Kingston University.  Welcome to the course – we hope that you will find it stimulating and rewarding.

This course combines taught components in the university with practical experiences in school.  You will relate theory and practice in order to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding.  This will support you in having the greatest impact on all pupils, enabling them to become successful learners and confident individuals who can make a positive contribution to their school and wider community.

The taught sessions will prepare you to teach all national curriculum subjects, with an emphasis on the core areas of English, mathematics and science.  Throughout, there is a focus on pedagogy.  You will also consider wider contexts and aspects of education, such as creativity, wellbeing and cultural diversity, as these are important factors in contemporary primary education.

Across the course, you will work within different settings for learning, both at university and in school.  This will give you important opportunities to collaborate with, and learn from, a range of peers, tutors and teachers. The taught sessions, along with your formal assignments, are designed to enhance your understanding of topics and to enable you to develop your critical thinking, reading and writing skills.

Do study the website carefully. The introductory materials provide you with important information including activities that you should undertake before you start with us in September. The tasks and information will help prepare you for your first year on the course.

I look forward to meeting you in September as you take your first step towards an exciting, demanding and fulfilling career.

Best wishes

Alka Townend

BA Primary Course Leader

BA Primary Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and sign Occupational Health questionnaire. Within 2 weeks of receiving the questionnaire.
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification. As soon as you receive the online DBS activation email from GBG.
3 Sign up to the Update Service and return consent slip. Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date.
4 Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have spent time living overseas for more than 3 months in the last 5 years. Submit as soon as possible.
5 Submit outstanding original qualification certificates. As soon as possible.
6 Pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Refer to date given on your offer.
7 Complete the school experience placements form. Within 2 weeks of receiving the form.
8 Read and sign the Placement Policy. Return form by 28th June 2019.
9 Preparatory Reading and complete pre-course tasks. April – September
BA Primary Induction/Enrolment Programme

Monday 16th September 2019

All students are asked to arrive at the Kingston Hill Campus by 8.45am.

Please go to the School of Education (see number 4 on map) where signs will be posted to tell you which room to go to.  Your first session will begin at 9.00am.


ENROLMENT

Enrolment will take place at the University during your induction period and the exact date, time and details of your enrolment session will be confirmed at a later date. Please make sure that you read the information carefully and bring the necessary documents.


WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO INDUCTION

  1. Outstanding qualification certificates (originals only)
  2. DBS Certificate


CAR PARKING

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant room.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term- time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass.  However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.


Bus

The 85 and K3 buses and free Kingston University buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence.  Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment for allocation of your Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

General information – Getting Ready

The University has a web page specifically for new students. You may find this helpful as a source of support and means of contacting other applicants.

BA Primary Preparatory Reading and Tasks
BA Primary Placement Policy
Welcome from the Secondary Team

Welcome to the PGCE Secondary course at the School of Education, Kingston University.  We hope that you will enjoy your year with us and find it stimulating and rewarding.  The course has proved to be highly successful with a very high percentage of students gaining a first teaching appointment.

The PGCE course consists of a challenging combination of modules designed to stimulate your thinking and develop your knowledge of the secondary curriculum.  It will prepare you to teach your own subject specialism(s) as well as considering how overarching themes, such as creativity, critical thinking, identity and cultural diversity are necessary components of a pupil’s experiences at school.  Specifically, you will develop your understanding of how teachers encourage their pupils to be successful learners and confident individuals who can make positive contributions to the school and wider communities.

The course is challenging, combining taught components with experience in school and wider educational contexts.  In addition, there will be many opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers, tutors and teachers to help you meet the demands of post-graduate study leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status.  You will work with your peers within your own subject specialism(s) and also across the curriculum with colleagues from other secondary subjects.  Working in this way reflects the high priority given in the teaching profession to working as a team with colleagues.

The Masters Level modules will support your ongoing professional development beyond the course and into your career as a teacher.

There are further opportunities to develop your areas of interest through personal research and seminar discussions supported by reflections on school experience.  This work, together with visits and a course programme enriched with input from school colleagues and your tutors, will enable you to extend your skills and your knowledge of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

This introductory material provides you with important information and also outlines some required activities, to be undertaken before you commence the course in September.  This will start to prepare you for what will be a demanding but exciting year where it will be essential that you carefully organise your time in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your tutors are looking forward to meeting with you on what is a challenging but rewarding course.

In the meantime, if there is anything further you wish to know or have clarified, please get in touch.

Bud Abeysekera

PGCE Secondary Lead  

 

PGCE Secondary Checklist
Action When
1 Complete and sign Occupational Health questionnaire. Within 2 weeks of receiving the questionnaire
2 Complete online DBS application and take original documents to Post Office for verification As soon as you receive the online DBS activation email from GBG
3 Sign up to the Update Service and return consent slip Within 19 days of your DBS certificate issue date
4 Obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have spent time living overseas for more than 3 months in the last 5 years. Submit as soon as possible
5 Submit outstanding original qualification certificates As soon as possible or 31st July 2019 if you are completing your degree in June.
6 Pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy Refer to the date given on your offer
7 Complete the school experience placements form Return within 2 weeks of receipt of form.
8 Read and sign the Placement Policy Return form by 28th June 2019
9 ALL students must undertake introductory observation experience (5 days). Monday 2nd – Friday 6th September 2019.
10 Complete Introductory Observation Days Booklet In the observation week (2nd -6th September) and bring this with you on your first day (9th Sept)
11 Preparatory Reading and complete pre-course tasks April– September 2019
PGCE Term Dates 2019-20

Monday 2 September 2019 – Friday 6 September 2019

– Pre Course School Based Observation (refer to School Observation section)

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Monday 9 September 2019 –
Friday 20 December 2019
Thursday 2 January 2020 –
Friday 3 April 2020
Monday 20 April 2020 –
Friday 26 June 2020  
Reading Week:
Monday 28 October 2019 –
Friday 1 November  2019
Reading Week:
Monday 17 February 2020 –
Friday 21 February 2020
Reading Week:
Monday 25 May 2020 –
Friday 29 May 2020

NB: You may find that your school half-term does not fall in the same week as the reading week, particularly in October. If this is the case, you will be expected to go into school during the reading week.

Please also note that although the course finishes on Friday 26 June 2020 you are advised not to book any holidays until after Friday 17 July in case you have to make up any missed days at school.

PGCE Secondary Induction and Enrolment Programme

Monday 9 September 2019

All students are asked to arrive at the Kingston Hill Campus by 8.45am.

Please go to the School of Education (see number 4 on map) where signs will be posted to tell you which room to go to.  Your first session will begin at 9.00am.

Monday 9 September 2019
Time Activity
9.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.30 Outstanding documentation check session
11.00 Break
11.30 Subject studies
13.30 Lunch
14.30 Discussion on Professionalism (TBC)
16.00 Finish

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ON THE FIRST DAY

  1. Outstanding qualification certificates – (originals only)
  2. Completed Initial School Observation booklet
  3. DBS Certificate to the DBS check session (date to be confirmed)

ENROLMENT and DBS CERTIFICATE CHECK SESSION

Enrolment and the DBS certificate check session will take place at the University during your induction period and the exact date, time and details of your enrolment session will be confirmed at a later date. Please ensure you bring your original DBS certificate with you.

CAR PARKING

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant room.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term- time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass.  However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus

The 85 and K3 buses and free Kingston University buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence.  Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment for allocation of your Teacher Registration Number (TRN).

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

Please note although the course finishes on Friday 26 June 2020 you are advised not to book any holidays until after Friday 17 July in case you have to make up any missed days at school.

School Observations Summary

Before starting the secondary PGCE (11-16), it is important that you spend time observing lessons in a secondary school in the week preceding the course (2nd-6th September 2019). These observations will inform your understanding of education and support your development of the course.

Please read the School Observation Booklet to familiarise yourself with the procedure for University organised secondary experience.

School Observation Booklet
PGCE Secondary School Experience Placements Form
Secondary Placement Policy
PGCE & School Direct Secondary Academic Contacts

KEY STAFF:

Name Job Title Email address
Amit Puni Citizenship Subject Leader amit.puni@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Hazel Joannides English Subject Leader h.joannides@kingston.ac.uk
Bud Abeysekera Mathematics Subject Leader b.abeysekera@kingston.ac.uk
Declan Hamblin PE Subject Leader d.hamblin@.kingston.ac.uk
Simon Parry Science Subject Leader s.parry@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Welcome from the Course Leader

Welcome to the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Early Years Teacher Status Birth to 5 years (EYITT), Graduate Employment Based pathway

Welcome to Kingston University’s School of Education and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Early Years Teacher Status programme which is based at the Kingston Hill campus.  We look forward to receiving you onto the programme and hope that you will enjoy your study with us.

The pathway that you are undertaking is a one year part-time programme aimed at graduates currently working in the children’s workforce who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will be already working in an early year setting and the programme will support you in understanding and providing evidence of the standards.  You will need to demonstrate that you meet all 8 standards by providing sufficient evidence of personal practice and leading and supporting others and show that you have sufficient experience of working with babies, toddlers and young children from birth to five years old.  This pathway will support you to ‘top-up’ your knowledge, understanding and skills with all three age groups so that you can meet the Standards.

Knowledge and experience needed to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) encompasses:

  • Knowledge of child development and practice with birth to 5 year olds;
  • Experience of working with babies (birth to 20 months), toddlers (16 to 36 months) and young children (30 to 60 months)
  • Experience in leading practice and supporting other practitioners to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for birth to 5 year olds.

Teaching and learning will consist of a range of strategies including:

  • Weekly sessions at the university to share practice, support learning, develop knowledge and prepare for the Assessment Process.
  • Independent reading and research to develop your knowledge and understanding of working with children from birth to five years old to lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Masters level modules that will support your ongoing professional development beyond the course and into your career as a teacher.

The Early Years Team is looking forward to working with you in what will be an intensive, challenging but also, we hope, rewarding, exciting and enjoyable programme.

Helen Sutherland
PGCE Early Years Teacher Status Course Leader

PGCE EYTS Term Dates

PGCE Early Years Teacher Status Term Dates 2019/0

Term One

16 September 2019 – 20 December 2019
(Half-term – 28 October 2019 – 1 November 2019)

Term Two

2 January 2020 – 3 April 2020

(Half-term – 17 February 2020 – 21 February 2020)

(Easter Vacation – 6 April 2020 – 17 April 2020)

Term Three

20 April 2020 – 26 June 2020
(Half-term – 25 May – 29 May 2020)

PGCE EYTS Students attend the University on a Friday for taught sessions

PGCE EYTS Induction/Enrolment Programme

Enrolment and induction will take place on Saturday 7 September 2019

Enrolment (room and building to be confirmed)
Between 10am and 12pm – further details will be emailed to you nearer the time.

Induction and first teaching session – Friday 20 September

(room and building to be confirmed)

9am-12pm    Induction/LRC
1pm-4pm      Early Years Standards/Assessment Process

You will receive an email in August giving you details of how to complete the online enrolment process and what documentation to bring on the 7th September.  Please make sure that you read this information carefully.

Travel Arrangements  

Car Parking

If you are arriving by car please park in Car Park D where there will also be signs directing you to the relevant area for enrolment.

Parking restrictions are in place on site during term- time, although this will be waived during the first week of term to give you time to obtain your permanent parking pass.  However, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from Reception during the first week of term as you will receive a parking ticket if you park in an unmarked or disabled bay at any time.

You will be able to apply for a permanent pass once you have enrolled and you will need to produce a valid KU ID card, vehicle registration document, MOT certificate and Certificate of Insurance

Please note that car park G outside of the Education Building is for staff and visitors only during the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus

The 85 and K3 buses and free Kingston University buses stop outside the Kingston Hill campus

Other important information

Registered name

When you enrol, you should ensure that your name on our student record system is the same as your passport/photo card driving licence.  Your details are sent direct from the University record system to the NCTL following enrolment.

Qualifications

In order to meet NCTL/Ofsted regulations, you must produce all ORIGINAL certificates prior to enrolment as we have to ensure that all entry requirements have been met before applicants are registered on the course.

General information – Getting Ready

The University has a web page specifically for new students. You may find this helpful as a source of support and means of contacting other applicants.

Disqualification by Association

The DfE has a new policy on people working within the children’s workforce, potentially affecting students working with children under the age of 8. We therefore advise all Early Years Teaching and Primary Teaching applicants to check this policy.

If you think this affects you, you will need to speak to the Director of ITE on your first day.

PGCE EYTS Reading List
DBS Application Instructions

DISCLOSURE and BARRING SERVICE (DBS) INSTRUCTIONS

As you are most probably aware, all successful candidates for Initial Teacher Training courses are required to undergo an enhanced police check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to verify that they are safe to work with children. You will be receiving an email shortly from GBG Online Disclosures, the company Kingston University is using to manage online DBS applications. It is important that you look out for this email and follow the steps below with regard to completing your application.

The University will bear the processing cost of your DBS application, however you will need to pay a small fee to the Post Office for the verification service and an additional £13 per year for the Update Service.

If you already hold a “Child Workforce” Enhanced DBS certificate and have subscribed to the Update Service, you do not need to do another one but will need to complete the Update Service slip (see Update Service tab – step 6) and return it to the School of Education. 

What you need to do next?

  1. Read and make sure you fully understand the information outlined the DBS Important Information document; the Document Checklist and The Update Service.
  2. Select the documents you will be using to verify your identity from the Document Checklist.
  3. Look out for the email from GBG Online Disclosures containing your username and password and use the details to register your account.
  4. Complete and submit your DBS application using your personal documents to confirm your identify and address.
  5. Print the ID Verification Sheet (containing a unique barcode for each document) and take this with your documents (originals only) to your nearest Post Office who will check and verify them. To find your nearest Post Office go to http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder.
  6. There is a small charge for the Post Office Verification so please do take cash or your debit/credit card.
  7. Regularly check your account to keep track of your application.
  8. Subscribe to the The Update Service so we can undertake a current online check on your DBS certificate during your studies. This can be done as soon you apply or within 19 days from the date your certificate is issued.
  9. Return the The Update Service by 31st July 2019.
  10. Only one copy of the Disclosure Certificate is produced by the DBS and this is sent to you at the address you give as your current address on the DBS application form. Please ensure that you bring the certificate with you to the Enrolment and Induction session in September and keep it in a safe place for the entirety of your course.

It is essential that you obtain satisfactory clearance prior to enrolment on the course and as Disclosures can often take months to process, you must take quick action to avoid any delays.

School experience begins very early on in the course and only students who have been DBS & Occupational Health cleared will be permitted to go into schools.  

You must contact us immediately if you encounter any issues concerning your application at education@kingston.ac.uk.

DBS Important Information

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE (DBS) DISCLOSURE

Background information

A criminal record is not regarded as an obstacle to studying at Kingston. However, the University must balance its responsibilities towards its partner schools in which the school/setting experience placements are made. In addition, we have to take into account the requirements of various professional bodies that have legal responsibilities to protect special categories of people including children, under the terms of the Protection of Children Act (1999).

The Initial Teacher Training Criteria document issued by the Department for Education stipulates that ITT providers must ensure that entrants on all routes have been subject to a DBS criminal records check, including a check of the children’s barred list.  We therefore cannot accept any previous Disclosure unless you have already a Child Workforce Enhanced DBS certificate and subscribed to the Update Service.

Declaring relevant information

You should have declared any relevant offences including cautions, reprimands and/or warnings on the form at interview. These should include any criminal charges/proceedings pending against you.  These will appear on your DBS enhanced disclosure.

We reserve the right to refuse to admit applicants where their criminal record makes it inappropriate for them to be admitted, in accordance with DBS filtering guidelines.

Without sight of your enhanced disclosure, we cannot enrol you on your course of study.

If there is a change to your DBS (from the date of issue) before or during the course, you must report it to the Head of School immediately.

Prohibition Order List

In accordance with the ITT Criteria, all trainee teachers must undergo a prohibition order check. The university will conduct this check and contact you if your details are found on the prohibition order list. Information about this check can be found on the ITT Criteria document.

Further information about the Prohibition Order List can be found here.

Time spent overseas and/or travelling

You will be required to account for any time you have spent out of the UK.  If you have been travelling, you will be expected to list all the countries visited and the dates you arrived and departed.  However, if you have lived abroad for any length of time at a fixed address, you must also obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from that country as set out in the ITT Criteria document.

This is often a lengthy process but you must endeavour to complete this before you enrol and/or start your school placement.  There is often a charge, which varies according to the country, and further information is available here.

If you have lived or worked overseas for a period of more than 3 months in the last 5 years, you should contact us with details of your overseas address (s) and confirm that you have requested a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant body.

Payment

The University will bear the processing cost for your DBS application, however, you will need to pay a small fee to the Post Office for the verification service.

There is also a cost of £13 per year to the applicant for the Update Service. Refer to the attached Update Service document for more details.

Please visit the Department for Education website for more guidance on DBS.

DBS Checklist

DBS checklist

The list of identity documents you need to process your DBS application can also be found here.

Original documents only to be taken to the Post Office for verification.

You must select at least ONE of the following documents for your application:

  • Current valid Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK)
  • Current UK Photocard Driving Licence, full or provisional
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) – – issued at time within 12 months of birth
  • Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
You must select at least at least TWO of the following proof of current address for your application.

If you have recently changed your name, at least one of these documents MUST confirm your current name at your current  address.

Key: *it should be less than 3 months old; **it should be issued within the past 12 months;

  • Current UK Driving licence
  • Current Non-UK Photo Driving Licence (valid for up to 12 months from the date the applicant entered the UK)
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) – issued after the time of birth by a relevant authority
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
  • HM Forces ID Card (UK) / EU National ID Card / Work permit/Visa (UK) (UK Residence Permit) valid up to expiry date
  • Mortgage Statement** (UK or EEA)/ Council Tax Statement** (UK & Channel Islands)
  • Utility bill* (UK) (i.e. electricity, gas, water, telephone). NOT Mobile Telephone
  • P45/P60 Statement** (UK and Channel Islands) / Benefit Statement* e.g. Child Allowance, Pension
  • Bank/Building Society Statement* (UK or EEA) / Credit Card Statement* (UK or EEA)
  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter (UK)
  • Financial Statement** e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK)
  • Cards carrying PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands)
  • Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider (Non-UK/Non-EEA only – valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application)
  • A document from Central/Local Government/Government Agency/Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands)* e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security.
The Update Service

REGISTRATION WITH THE UPDATE SERVICE

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service allows student teachers to keep their DBS certificate up-to-date.  We strongly encourage our student teachers of Kingston University to subscribe to The Update Service for the duration of their studies so that a current online check can be undertaken by the university.

There is an annual charge of £13 which is payable directly to the DBS. By subscribing to The Update Service you will be able to share the information on your DBS certificate with other Registered Bodies. This will save you time and money. In addition, if you decide to take a break from your studies during your course you will not be required to complete a new DBS form when you return, as long as you return to the course within three years of the date on your original DBS disclosure.

Kingston University will NOT receive a copy of your Enhanced Disclosure Certificate therefore, you must bring your certificate to the enrolment session in September.

You can subscribe to the service as soon as you make your online DBS application or within 19 days from the date your certificate is issued. Subscribing online is quick and simple. Just enter your DBS application form number, name, date of birth and address and pay the subscription fee securely from your account. When your subscription is confirmed you then start to see the benefits of this new service.

How to subscribe to the Update Service

Step 1

Go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Step 2

Enter your personal details and your DBS application form number. These must match those on your application form.

Step 3

Answer ‘No’ to the question ‘Does the above application relate to a voluntary position?’

Step 4

Click “continue”

Step 5

Make the payment for the subscription fee. A payment confirmation screen will confirm whether payment was successful.

Step 6

Make a note of your Update Service Number.

The Update Service slip (complete & return)

To coincide with the launch of the Update Service the DBS will no longer automatically issue a copy of your DBS Certificate to Kingston University. Therefore, we ask that you complete and return the consent slip, giving permission for Kingston University to undertake a check via The Update Service during your course.

As you will be aware, one of the conditions on your offer is that you have a satisfactory medical clearance before you start your teacher-training course. It is important that you read this section carefully to get an understanding of what is required in terms of this check. We need to establish if you have any specific needs so we can ensure necessary support in in place for when you start the course.

Please complete every section of the form as accurately as possible and if you have answered “YES” to any of the questions (1-8), you must remember to enter your education/employment history for the last 5 years in the box provided in Q9.

In all cases, please provide details of your family doctor and if necessary your hospital specialist in Q10.

The completed and signed form will need to be returned to the following address within 2 weeks of you receiving this request.

Kingston University
School of Education (OH)
Admissions and Placement Team
Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston Hill
Kingston
KT2 7LB

Clearly write your name (as it appears on your UCAS application) and the full title of your course on the back of the envelope.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please email education@kingston.ac.uk.

Best wishes

The Admissions Team

Occupational Health Questionnaire
Professional Skills Test Fact Sheet

Entry requirement for Teacher Training

All applicants to Teacher Training courses in England are required to pass on-line Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before starting their course. The tests do not replace the usual entry requirement for English and Mathematics.

The literacy skills test covers aspects of spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension. The numeracy skills test is a computerised test covering three areas: mental arithmetic, interpreting and using written data, and solving written arithmetic problems. To help you in preparing for the tests, a number of practice materials have been produced.

Booking the Test

You can register and book your skills tests here and once you have registered  you will be able to:

  • take practice tests
  • view your previous results for the practice tests you have taken
  • pause the test so that it can be resumed later

The practice tests for literacy are presented in two formats:

  • literacy practice test
  • literacy practice test non audio

The practice tests for numeracy are presented in two formats:

  • numeracy practice test
  • numeracy practice test with mental arithmetic text

We have sessions specifically designed for candidates who have failed two attempts in. Look for dates marked with an asterix *

Test Results

The Skills Tests are computer marked; when a candidate finishes a test he/she will be provided with a printed score report. This is not a certificate; however it is strongly recommended that the candidate keeps this for their own records, as certificates are not issued. Test results are uploaded within 48 hours.

Re-sitting the Test

You have unlimited attempts at resitting the skills tests but we do encourage you to prepare in advance by having a go at the Department for Education online practise tests.

Candidates receive their first three attempts at each test free of charge but will be charged for any further ones.

For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website

Please contact the Skills Tests helpline if you have any questions: 0300 303 9613

Good luck with your Skills Tests!

Payment of Tuition Fees

TUITION FEES

The tuition fee for the BA Primary undergraduate course is £9,250 per year.

The tuition fee for the PGCE is £9,250.

If you are a UK student or a European Union national, you may be eligible for help with your tuition fees. Information is available on this website. Contact number of Student Finance England is 0300 100 0607.

You can also download an application form and guidance notes from this site.

Further information about student funding can be found on the Kingston University website or by contacting Student Funding on 020 8417 7315

Bursary Information

BURSARY INFORMATION FOR PGCE SECONDARY, SCHOOL DIRECT (TRAINING) SECONDARY and PGCE PRIMARY with MATHEMATICS ONLY

The Department for Education has confirmed that teaching bursaries will be paid monthly to PGCE trainee teachers according to their phase, chosen secondary subject and classification of their first degree or their highest postgraduate qualification.

Confirmation of eligibility and the amount of the award will be provided following enrolment. You are not required to do anything until you receive this confirmation.  (Please note PGCE/School Direct (training) Primary trainees are not eligible to receive a bursary with the exception of PGCE Primary with Mathematics).

View detailed Bursary Information here.

If you qualify for a bursary, we understand there will be quite a significant gap (8-9 weeks) from when you start the course until you receive the first instalment.  This is how government bursaries are paid and unfortunately there isn’t anything we can do to speed up the process. We ask that you be mindful of this when organising your finances for that period.

*For detailed information about eligibility, scholarships, “other” subjects, languages and Primary maths please refer to the Department for Education website

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND DYSLEXIA

If you have a disability or dyslexia and require support while you are at University, you must contact the University Disability and Mental Health Support Service.

The contact details are:

Disability and Mental Health Support

020 8417 7314

Email: disability@kingston.ac.uk

Full details of the support services and facilities are also available here

In addition, you are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Education also before you start the programme. We are committed to providing you support during your studies and if we are aware of your specific needs in advance, we can make provisions and have these in place for your course start.

Please email education@kingston.ac.uk with details of your specific requirements. If you would like to speak with someone in confidence, please contact Nina Sohal, the Admissions and Placements Team Leader.

University Departments

Contact details for external organisations

Student Finance England 0300 100 0607
Skills Tests Helpline 0300 303 9613
DBS helpline 0300 0200 191
GBG Online Disclosures 0845 251 5000 onlinedisclosures@gbgplc.com