Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance
Modern languages (F966)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
Financial support
Scholarship, 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.lightwoods.sandwell.sch.uk

About the course

All subjects at St Michael’s are taught within in a 3 year KS3 curriculum and 2 year KS4 curriculum.

The MFL curriculum focuses on introducing pupils to practising speaking, listening, reading, writing and communication skills in French, German or Spanish (KS3 only). Each year group follows a detailed Scheme of Work, covering a series of topics throughout the year. Some examples of topic areas are personal identity, school, hobbies, media and the environment. Within these topics, pupils will develop their competency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, translation, and grammar. The information covered within the KS3 specification allows pupils access to a broad and balanced curriculum, in order to support pupils undertaking option choices and specialising in either GCSE French, German or Spanish (from 2021).

How school placements work

The main school placement will take place at St Michael’s CE High School. For information about St Michael’s, please visit:

http://st-michaels.sandwell.sch.uk/

You will be invited to participate in a formal induction day, which takes place in July, in order to prepare you for your first day in September.

September until December (Autumn term): Trainees are in their host school placement and are required to teach 50% of an NQTs teaching allocation.

January to April (Spring term): Trainees will take part in a 6-week second school placement scheduled during spring term. Trainees are required to teach 60% of an NQTs teaching allocation.

April to July (Summer term): Trainees are in their host school and are required to teach 70% of an NQTs teaching allocation. During this time a 1-week primary transition placement will be arranged.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

A UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, a standard equivalent to a grade C in English and Maths GCSE and for primary you will additionally need a standard equivalent to a C GCSE Science.

About the training provider

Welcome to the Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance and Newman University School Direct PGCE Programme.

Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance

"Working in partnership to develop expertise and raise standards."

Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance (TSA) is a strategic partnership including primary schools and secondary schools and a University. It is an excellent place to train to teach for reasons including:

• A decade of successful training with Newman University on undergraduate, postgraduate and GTP routes.

• Lightwoods TSA has a range of expertise in teacher development having successfully delivered support to other schools across the West Midlands.

• The Senior Leadership Team have worked and supported in other schools.

• Lightwoods TSA have hosted a range of training and CPD opportunities including observation of teaching, support for planning and moderation.

We have developed a close knit partnership which has a strong foundation based on a depth of experience within a family community; overall this allows us to create an excellent, personalised experience with outstanding support. We tailor and customise each individual’s training programme to develop them into balanced well rounded professionals. At the heart of our alliance is the need to provide outstanding teaching and a positive learning experience for all pupils.

We have an excellent record of employment at the end of School Direct training within our partner schools and beyond.

About the accredited body

With a strong community cluster of schools we can offer training tailored to the individual’s needs which are superbly supported by the longstanding expertise from Newman University.

What can I expect at Newman University?

• Academic and Professional Tutor - There will be a named tutor to support your academic and professional development through tutorial and email support

• Partnership Tutor- A tutor from Newman will oversee and moderate the assessment of your school-based training

• High quality taught sessions delivered by expert tutors

• A virtual learning environment

• Access to the Newman University library

Training with disabilities and other needs

Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying as our training programme caters for individual needs.

Contact details

Email
sarah.verrecchia@lightwoods.sandwell.sch.uk
Telephone
0121 429 2542
Website
http://www.lightwoods.sandwell.sch.uk
Address
Lightwoods Teaching School Alliance
Castle Road East
Oldbury
West Midlands
B68 9BG

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: 142
  • Training programme code: F966

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
St Michaels CE High School
Rowley Learning Campus, Curral Road, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 9AN
Yes 9

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