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.
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.
You will receive a salary based on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale which starts at £17,682 pa.
You will not have to pay fees for this course.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
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
- The Department for Education has withdrawn the requirement for ITE applicants to complete literacy and numeracy Skills Tests.
During the selection process and as part of your training, you will be required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental skills in English and mathematics.
Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.
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 of whole class teaching in UK schools is required for all salaried programmes.
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 employing school will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
About the training provider
The Ambitions Teaching School Alliance is a diverse, vibrant learning community of schools which include mainstream primary and secondary in addition to specialist provision for primary and secondary children that have social and emotional difficulties. Our schools are all based in Bournemouth and Poole.
We offer a school based School Direct training opportunity to achieve QTS and PGCE in partnership with the University of Winchester. This is an exciting opportunity to train with a dynamic and forward thinking Trust, where you will be a valued member of a dedicated and professional team of excellent teachers and support staff.
You will be supported by either a class tutor / professional mentor within the school setting, alongside your professional tutor at the University.
We have had a 100% pass rate since our School Direct programme began and offer our own bespoke training package in addition to the University sessions.
In addition, we also support all our trainees with gaining employment for their NQT year once they have achieved QTS.
Anyone who is interested in applying to train with us is welcome to make an appointment to visit, tour any of our schools and discuss your individual needs.
About the accredited body
The University of Winchester is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher education at both primary and secondary level and has a long history of training teachers. Our passion is to provide you with a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference in the world. We can offer you a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires, in a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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St Aldhelm's Academy
Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset BH12 4HS
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