The Wokingham Federation
Business Studies (3922)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teach SouthEast
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.wokinghamfederation.co.uk

About the course

The course offers you a weekly General Professional Studies (GPS) session lasting 3 hours, which is held at SJB School in Woking. In these sessions you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom. Areas of pedagogy covered within these sessions include: assessment for learning, smart marking, lesson planning, behaviour management and differentiation. Our Non-Salaried and SCITT courses are awarded with QTS and PGCE carrying 60 masters credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex). Our salaried and apprenticeship courses lead to QTS only.

Alongside your General Professional Studies, all trainees receive subject specific training, which is led by one of the schools within the partnership. All subject hubs within the partnership have been chosen for their renowned reputation as training centres and outstanding levels of learning and teaching as well as results. Business Studies subject training gives trainees a weekly dedicated session focusing on subject related topics, preparing you to teach Business Studies to a high level within the classroom. Areas of training include planning an effective scheme of work, assisting students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, differentiation, preparing students for examinations and equipping you with the skills to teach the full range of business subjects across Key Stages 4 and 5 (14 to 19 years).

As a Teach SouthEast trainee you would spend the majority of time in your placement school, with the weekly day of training delivered by the Teach SouthEast SCITT and their partnership of schools. The PGCE (60 masters credits) is delivered by and accredited by The University of Sussex, whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Trainees have the opportunity to go to The University of Sussex on a number of occasions throughout the year to access keynote lectures and the PGCE element of the course is delivered at one of the two lead schools within the SCITT

Interview process

Once we receive your application through UCAS, we will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks.

The interview day will consist of:

• A tour of the school in which the interviews are being held

• A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes

• An exercise on resilience

• Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes

• An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools

• A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if you currently meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching, and if not, to establish how we can support you.

How school placements work

Successful applicants will work in schools within the Wokingham Federation.

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’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 - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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

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 a grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent qualifications).

If your degree is not in Business Studies, an A-Level in a related subject is required If your degree or high school education was undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: NARIC

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.

Personal qualities include:

• A friendly and approachable nature

• Good interpersonal skills

• An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people

• A positive outlook and resilient nature

• A creative and innovative approach

• The ability to reflect on and improve practice

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify their suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession

About the training provider

The Wokingham Secondary Federation is a close partnership of nine secondary 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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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

Contact details

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: 3922

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
Wokingham RG40 1SS
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