English with Ambitions Teaching School Accredited provider: University of Winchester

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://www.ambitions-teachingschool.co.uk

About the course

The course prepares you to teach across the age ranges 11-16 and is structured around six modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings.

You will undertake studies in all elements of secondary education; extend your knowledge of learning and teaching, of the breadth and scope of the curriculum and the professional skills associated with high-quality teaching. You will then apply these areas of understanding and skill to classroom practice throughout the year, including during two assessed placements in schools or educational settings.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Anyone already in education will tell you that teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It's also one of the most rewarding. To make sure you’re a successful and confident teacher in the 21st-century, we have devised a vibrant programme informed by research and constantly reviewed to ensure students are equipped with the most up-to-date developments in primary education.

Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that immerses you in the theory and practice of teaching. You will love studying at our beautiful campus where your lecturers know you by name, helping you to develop the confidence you need to be an outstanding teacher and make a real difference in the world.

Interview process

If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of a written task, short lesson (30mins) to a group of pupils and individual interview.

Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date.

The interview is also your chance to find out more about the University, the course and the schools that we use for placements.

How school placements work

Teaching placements are located in Bournemouth and Poole, within schools that are part of the Ambitions Teaching School Alliance.

Trainees stay in one school for the majority of the year apart from when they have a 6 week long placement in a contrasting school in the Spring Term.

All placements are for the 11 - 16 age ranges.

When we call you for an interview, we will discuss whether you have any preferences for placements schools as the interview is usually undertaken at the school where your main placement will be.

Fees

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

The tuition fees for September 2019 entry are £9,250 for UK, EU and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) students, however the tuition fee for students outside the EU are yet to be confirmed for 2019 entry. Please contact studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk in the autumn for confirmation of the fee.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 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

The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows:

  • An honours degree, usually a 2:2 or above
  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
  • Passes in the Department for Education (DfE) skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the secondary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

Contact details

Email
sarah.simmons@queenspark-academy.co.uk
Telephone
01202 526079
Website
http://www.ambitions-teachingschool.co.uk
Address
c/o Queen's Park Academy
East Way
Bournemouth

Apply

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

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

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

  • Training provider code: 135
  • Training programme code: 34K7

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
1 St Aldhelm's Academy Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset BH12 4HS
3 LeAF Studio Holloway Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset BH11 9JW
2 Oak Academy Duck Lane, Bournemouth, Dorset BH11 9JJ
4 Bournemouth School East Way, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9PY
5 The Bishop of Winchester Academy Mallard Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9ST

Advice and support

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