Chemistry with Teach South West (SWTSA) Accredited provider: University of Exeter

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/page/?title=Train+to+Teach&pid=53

About the course

Our PGCE Chemistry course will prepare you to teach chemistry to GCSE and 'A' level.

You will train as a science teacher who specialises in chemistry, so we will also prepare you to teach physics and biology to at least Key Stage 3.

Chemistry remains one of the most popular choices at 'A' level. In addition to being a key component of Science in the National Curriculum, it is also being offered as a separate GCSE option in many schools. The PGCE Secondary Chemistry option provides a pathway into teaching for good chemistry graduates who, ideally, also have a strong background in at least one other science at 'A' level. It is designed to prepare students for teaching all aspects of science to at least Key Stage 3, and chemistry at GCSE and 'A' level.

Topics covered include:

the aims of science teaching

the planning, preparation and evaluation of learning experiences for children of different ages and abilities

school laboratory management

the use of information and communications technologies to support science teaching and learning

More details about the types of sessions you will have and how you will be taught to teach can be found here.

The programme lasts for 39 weeks (one academic year). The course starts at the beginning of September students are inducted into TSW and spend one week in a primary school and one week in a secondary school and to carry out a variety of pre-course tasks. These include an initial needs analysis focussing on subject knowledge and a variety of reading tasks. The first term is predominately based at the University with an open-door policy to placement school one. The first placement then continues in January and lasts around 12 weeks. Induction into the second placement school takes place before the Easter vacation and then continues in the summer term until early July.

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/science/chemistry/

Interview process

After successful application through UCAS, a candidate will be invited to be part of an interview process which will involve formal interviews and a presentation/teaching episode. Interviews are mainly held at Ivybridge Community College.

What we are looking for:

  • A passion for teaching and for learning
  • A real love of their subject
  • An appreciation of the role of a teacher in a pupil's life
  • Adaptability
  • Stamina
  • A willingness to reflect
  • Great organisation
  • The ability to work collaboratively

How school placements work

We work with our candidates to secure placements that, wherever possible, meet their needs. The earlier the application the more flexibility we have for placements.

We partner with approximately 50 schools who are very supportive of the programme and keen to recruit our trainees into future posts.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,900

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

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

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages

Requirements

Qualifications

A typical student will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. They will have a good ‘A’ level grade in chemistry and ideally in another science subject. Most will have a good degree with at least 50% of the content related to chemistry. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered. Where necessary applicants may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.

It will be useful to have experience in a secondary school science department.

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/science/chemistry/#DiGvUihlCvuESRCh.99

Personal qualities

  • A passion for teaching and for learning
  • A real love of their subject
  • An appreciation of the role of a teacher in a pupil's life
  • Adaptability
  • Stamina
  • A willingness to reflect
  • Great organisation

Other requirements

Successful selection based on UCAS application, interview, QTS Professional Skills Tests and Fitness to Teach Medical report.

Teach South West is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment.

As such all personnel will undergo the following before being able to train/enter our Schools and Colleges;

  • DBS clearance enhanced check
  • Safeguarding training
  • Data Protection training

Note:It is the University of Exeter's policy that the level 2 certificate in Adult Literacy or Numeracy is not acceptable as an equivalent to GCSE English/Mathematics.

About the training provider

Ivybridge Community College is a lead school for Teach South West within the South West Teaching School Alliance (SWTSA).

SWTSA are a partnership of high performing schools sharing our skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve learning and achievement in schools across the South West.

Teach South West offers School Direct training placements in English, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, French, Spanish, PE, RE and Primary . All our programmes (with the exception of Geography) are through an @Exeter model in partnership with The University of Exeter, delivered at The Graduate School of Education, St Luke's Campus, Exeter.

We always endeavour to place Teach South West trainees in schools that are agreeable to their circumstances and offer a breadth of experience; promoting future employability, hopefully within our Alliance.

Teach South West trainees have access to high quality CPD available within the Teaching School and are supported in finding the right post for their NQT (newly qualified teacher) years following their PGCE year.

Please review our website for more details or to come on a Taster Event, https://www.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/traintoteach

About the accredited provider

Our Initial Teacher Training Partner is deemed 'Outstanding'. Exeter University provide the pedagogy lectures for the PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) on School Direct Courses. We provide the teaching practice through placements in local schools and/or within our Teaching School Alliance.

As quoted from this recent Ofsted report; “The University’s long-established model addresses local, regional and national priorities exceptionally well. Leaders articulate a very strong vision for initial teacher training in the wider education system."

Teach South West is very proud to work with Exeter University to recruit and train teachers to become outstanding practionners in the South West.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.

Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact details

Email
apearce@ivybridge.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01752691000
Website
http://www.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/page/?title=Train+to+Teach&pid=53
Address
Teach South West (SWTSA) Ivybridge Community College
Harford Road
Ivybridge
Devon
PL21 0JA

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: 16U
  • Training programme code: 23Q8

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
I Ivybridge Community College Harford Road, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 0JA

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