Shireland Teaching School Alliance
Religious Education (37HT)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
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.shirelandtsa.co.uk/School%20Direct/school.html

About the course

Newman is a values-driven university where students are central to all that the

university does. Students are encouraged to engage with theories and

concepts, discuss ideas with tutors and become self-motivated, independent

learners and creative thinkers able to make a difference in the world.

  • Top 10 for Overall Student Satisfaction
  • 95% Graduate Employment Rate
  • Research classed as Internationally Excellent and World Leading

Shireland Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of both secondary and primary schools across the West Midlands. As the lead school, Shireland Collegiate Academy delivers the strategic vision, and provides the capacity and expertise to promote excellence across the Teaching Schools agenda.

The School Direct teacher training course runs for an academic year and leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and 60 masters-level credits.

Interview process

You will be invited to attend a selection day, the structure of which will depend on the phase and subject you have applied for. The day will include a literacy and numeracy test for primary applicants and a literacy test for secondary applicants (this does not replace the Professional Skills Tests). All applicants will be observed working with students and undergo a formal interview. In some instances applicants may be invited to a further interview at their potential host school.

How school placements work

The training is a blend of theory and practice. You will attend university for regular days during the year giving you strong theoretical foundations and subject knowledge. Your school will give you lots of practical experience and expert support, giving you a solid foundation to build your career. You will be in the classroom from day one so once you have learned something new you can put it straight into practice. You will have an extensive support network with support from university tutors and mentors, mentors within your own school and the Teaching School Director. In addition you will have weekly training with other trainees across the Alliance. You will spend the majority of the year in your host school with a 4 – 6 week second placement in the spring term.

Fees

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

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.

Financial support from the training provider

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

1.Tax-free bursary or scholarship

2.Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan

3.Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

Requirements

Qualifications

You need a 2:2 or above at degree level from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an equivalent qualification. In terms of GCSE’s you need at least a C in English and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

Candidates should have some experience of mainstream UK schools/early years settings to become familiar with the atmosphere and demands of the age phase they are applying for.

About the training provider

We believe outstanding teachers absolutely make a difference. Here at Shireland we aim to make a difference to the lives and academic achievement of each and every learner. Join us and inspire a love of learning in young people and change attitudes, aspirations, and their lives forever.

STSA, working in partnership with both the University of Warwick and Newman University, aims to develop the next generation of outstanding teachers.

Our belief is that through emersion within a school environment trainee teachers will have continual opportunities to relate theory into practice by working alongside outstanding practitioners.

Our unique approach allows trainee teachers to develop the skills and self-awareness needed to become outstanding and remain outstanding, giving them an advantage in their future teaching careers.

Take a look at our website for more info - shirelandtsa.co.uk

Training with disabilities and other needs

Shireland Teaching School Alliance welcomes candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach. If you have any particular needs please contact Emily Hughes via email at emily.hughes@collegiateacademy.org.uk to discuss these arrangements.

Contact details

Email
Emily.Hughes@collegiateacademy.org.uk
Telephone
0121 558 8086
Website
http://www.shirelandtsa.co.uk/School%20Direct/school.html
Address
Shireland Collegiate Academy
Waterloo Road
Smethwick
West Midlands
B66 4ND

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: 13A
  • Training programme code: 37HT

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Shireland Collegiate Academy, Smethwick, West Midlands B66 4ND
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Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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