Religious Education with Catholic Teaching Alliance (South East London) Accredited provider: King's College London (University of London)

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://catholicteachingalliance.org.uk/

About the course

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.

The PGCE RE course offers opportunities to investigate the different religious and non-religious worldviews that are taught in schools, but we still assume that you will come onto the course with significant subject knowledge. This is why we require degree level evidence of such knowledge.

The course is designed to train you to become a skilful and reflective classroom practitioner. To this end we focus equipping you to meet the professional standards required to attain Qualified Teacher Status and these provide the framework for the course. There are two strands to our course: one focuses on RE subject-specific work, the other encompasses an exploration of generic issues related to professional practice and educational policy.

The RE strand is met through subject-specific sessions, in which we explore, debate, and clarify the aims in religious education. We focus on how to translate these aims into effective classroom practice, exploring practically how to devise lesson plans, how to choose or create engaging and appropriate resources, and how to ensure that our planning is shaped by an accurate and responsive understanding of the nature and needs of our pupils. In this way we seek to enable our pupils to become religiously literate.

The other strand is met through our 'Policy and Professional Practice' programme, through which we explore and debate the aims, purposes and provision of education in the UK today. This programme is formed of a weekly lecture, followed by seminars in cross-curricular groups, in which you are encouraged to discuss and reflect upon these issues, in light of insights gained from your school placements.

Course information

Interview process

The selection process normally involves an interview, a short presentation by the candidate, a discussion and a short piece of writing.

We select our trainees when we have evidence of the following qualities:

  • a conceptual understanding of the content of religious education or philosophical thinking
  • an ability to think and reason clearly
  • an ability to interact effectively with pupils
  • an ability to interact with colleagues
  • an ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level
  • an ability to recognise own shortcomings
  • a strong desire to continue to learn
  • flexibility of mind and the potential necessary to improve
  • successful experience with children or clear potential for this
  • clarity and accuracy of written and spoken English
  • a successful study record
  • perseverance and stamina
  • a passion for Religious Education
  • an ability to think and reason clearly
  • an ability to interact effectively with pupils
  • an ability to interact with colleagues
  • an ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level
  • an ability to recognise own shortcomings
  • a strong desire to continue to learn
  • flexibility of mind and the potential necessary to improve
  • successful experience with children or clear potential for this
  • clarity and accuracy of written and spoken English
  • a successful study record
  • perseverance and stamina
  • a passion for Religious Education

How school placements work

All School Direct trainees start at their chosen school during the first week of the autumn term before attending university sessions the following week. School term dates will be confirmed once your have accepted an offer.

Around half of the 38 schools within the Catholic Teaching Alliance are able to offer training placements. Those who are able to support the main placement are listed for each respective course.

Candidates tend to apply to schools that are located close to where they live and we are happy to arrange tours and an observation day in your preferred school prior to application.

At the point of application please select your first choice of school. Once your application has passed our vetting process you will be invited to interview at KCL and if successful at this stage this will be followed by an interview at the school.

We offer an ABA placement route with King's College London. This involves one long placement with a 6-week placement at another school within the CTA in the spring term before you return to your original school for the remainder of the course.

At the start of the academic year we will contact all registered trainees to confirm the area where you are living and to ask about the type of school that you would like to be placed in for your second placement. Where possible, we will try to accommodate your request and placements are arranged with a maximum commuting distance of 1 hour 15 minutes based upon the address provided. Travel time is usually significantly less than this.

We are able to offer contrasting placements in single-sex or mixed schools and in schools with sixth forms where your main placement school is 11-16. Where you have completed a placement in a single-sex school your second placement will be in a mixed school or a school with students of the opposite sex.

Should you have any questions relating to the placement structure, please do not hesitate to email c.barclay@catholicteachingalliance.org.uk for more information.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,320

Tuition fees:

Tuition fee loans are available for those who meet the Government’s criteria for this scheme. Further information is available at GOV.UK

Government Training Bursaries:

Please note training bursaries are only available to students who have been classified as Home/EU for fee purposes.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants should have one of the following degrees at 2:1 level or above:

  • a degree in Theology or Religious Studies or Philosophy
  • a joint degree in Theology or Religious Studies and one other subject
  • a degree in a related subject in which Theology or Religious Studies constitutes roughly 40% of the content of the degree
  • a higher degree containing a range of Theological or Religious Studies components such as a Masters or a PhD.

Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Maths. Qualifications classified as equivalent by UK NARIC will be accepted.

Personal qualities

  • an ability to think and reason clearly
  • an ability to interact effectively with pupils
  • an ability to interact with colleagues
  • an ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level
  • an ability to recognise own shortcomings
  • a strong desire to continue to learn
  • flexibility of mind and the potential necessary to improve
  • successful experience with children or clear potential for this
  • clarity and accuracy of written and spoken English
  • evidence of conceptual understanding
  • a successful study record
  • perseverance and stamina
  • a passion for Religious Education

Other requirements

You should provide:

  • a reference which identifies your academic strengths and personal qualities required for teaching
  • a reference with no reservations about suitability e.g. relating to academic achievement, effort, health, commitment, consistency, group working skills, communication skills

Police Clearance

Candidates offered a place will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. Trainees who have lived or worked outside of the UK in the last five years are required to provide a certificate of good conduct from abroad.

About the training provider

The Catholic Teaching Alliance (CTA) is a strong and growing alliance of 38 schools. It is a cross-phase partnership from primary, through to secondary and sixth form colleges. Our partner schools are based throughout South-East London and Kent covering Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley, Bexleyheath and Chatham. This diversity in type of school and location gives a richness to our shared work. Our shared vision is Growing Teachers, Growing Learners, Growing Schools.

Our schools have a long history of Initial Teacher Education and have offered School Direct places since the initiative began. We have selected several universities that match our ethos. By carefully selecting the right universities to work with we are able to offer you an excellent start to your career in education.

We offer both Primary Salaried and Tuition Fee School Direct places and are able to provide training in a range of secondary subjects. Some subjects are available with a choice of provider.

We run an extensive CPD programme for trainees and most secure an NQT position within the group of schools. We also provide flexibility as your career progresses, with opportunities to move between schools.

We would encourage applicants to contact us to arrange a school tour prior to application and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact the CTA Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay for more information or visit our website here to find out more about our schools and the career opportunities that we are able to offer.

About the accredited provider

Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.

Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded 'Outstanding'.

Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.

KCL

Training with disabilities and other needs

All School Direct trainees must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

The activities that a teacher must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003.

We welcome applications from people with additional needs and disabilities. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme.

Within our group of 38 schools, we are able to provide support for a range of disabilities and other needs and are usually able to arrange appropriate school placements and additional support as required. We have trained applicants with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments, as well as students with mental health issues. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided or wish to discuss your own requirements further, please contact the CTA Co-ordinator, Clare Barclay, c.barclay@catholicteachingalliance.org.uk.

For further information on the support provided by our university partners please see the links below.

Goldsmiths University

Disability Service

King's College London

Disability Access:

St Mary's University

Student Wellbeing Service

University College London

School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here

Contact details

Email
c.barclay@catholicteachingalliance.org.uk
Telephone
020 7960 4589
Website
http://catholicteachingalliance.org.uk/
Address
St Michael's Catholic College
Llewellyn Street
Bermondsey
London
SE16 4UN

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 134
  • Training programme code: 2HFW

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
T St Thomas the Apostle Hollydale Road,, Nunhead,, London SE15 2EB

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