Biology with The Wokingham Federation Accredited provider: The University of Reading

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.wokinghamfederation.co.uk

About the course

We train teachers who become reflective professionals, able to secure the very best for all children. We support them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, they inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.

The course offers considerable practical experience which is grounded in rigorous educational research.

The aim of the partnership of the University of Reading and the Wokingham Federation is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention is that you should take ownership of your development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain you throughout your career.

Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.

Our commitment to ensuring equal opportunities is evident through our pastoral support which recognises and nurtures the potential in every trainee.

Interview process

Applicants called to interview will be interviewed at a Federation school on behalf of The Federation.

The interview process, which typically takes about 3 hours, will consist of:

  • an introductory meeting
  • a written task
  • a teaching task with a small group of students
  • a formal interview

There may also be additional tasks, for example to meet with a student panel or to observe a lesson and then share observations.

How school placements work

Trainees will work in two of The Federation's eight mainstream secondary schools. Please see http://wokinghamfederation.co.uk/home/schools/for details of the schools.

During the course of the year, all trainees will have experience of teaching all years from Years 7 - 13, including working with both GCSE and A Level groups.

To ensure they are fully supported during the course, trainees have a mentor at their schools and a tutor with the University, both of whom work closely with them throughout the year.

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 £26,000 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

We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent qualifications).

You will also be required to pass the QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applications from people who have the desire, passion and determination to be outstanding teachers. The Wokingham Federation is proud of its schools and they are all keen to work with trainees who would like to be a part of it, at least for a year and possibly for longer.

About the training provider

The Wokingham Secondary Federation is a close partnership of schools whose aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough. High quality ITT provision is an integral part of its work.

Please see The Wokingham Federation to see more details of our schools.

The Federation is extremely proud of its work with its ITT trainees, many of whom stay on each year to work as teachers in one of our schools.

Any applicant successfully awarded a place with us will work in two Federation schools, all of which are in close proximity of Wokingham, a town which is often named as one of the best places in the country to live.

About the accredited provider

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. it is ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and has been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the "effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region's schools.'' (ITE inspection report, September 2016.)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.

Contact details

Email
JBushell@bulmershe.wokingham.sch.uk
Telephone
01189402357
Website
http://www.wokinghamfederation.co.uk
Address
Wokingham

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: 152
  • Training programme code: 2HC6

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Main Site Wokingham RG40 1SS

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