Teach South West (SWTSA)
Geography (3CBB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited provider
University of Exeter
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 new Geography School Direct with PGCE programme is designed to be delivered in schools by highly experienced professionals, who are practicing teachers of Geography, whilst linking with Exeter University’s distance learning programme to provide the PGCE element of the programme.

The delivery of the programme will be led by Sarah Broom, a highly experienced and passionate teacher of Geography and Associate Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Ivybridge Community College. Trainees will also be supported by and learn from a team of exceptional geography professionals with backgrounds in teaching and learning and educational research, the programme will equip trainees with the skills to inspire students and pass on the passion for Geography.

The course consists of the following elements:

• Induction to the PGCE programme and preliminary observations in host primary and secondary schools.

• Geography specific taught programme, hosted by Ivybridge or a partnership school (likely to be one day a week), and lead by subject professionals.

• Two block teaching placements within highly effective Geography departments at partnership schools.

• PGCE Distance Learning course provided by Exeter University (online course)

• Access to additional CPL and ITE training opportunities

The Geography PGCE programme has been designed to foster and promote high quality classroom practice within the specialist subject context of Geography. Throughout the programme trainees will develop an understanding of pedagogy and how students learn. Trainees will also explore, implement and evaluate a range of teaching and learning strategies to equip them with the skills to teach across the 11 to 18 age range.

Geographical skills including fieldwork and enquiry skills will also be core component of the programme, and where appropriate trainees will have the opportunity to work with and learn from external education and fieldwork providers, a well as local industry and businesses linked to Geography.

Trainees will also be supported in updating and expanding their geographical knowledge to meet the needs of the current specifications and to ensure that geography teaching stays relevant and up to date. Topics such as globalisation, global superpowers, and climate change and the carbon cycle will be explored, depending on the subject specialisms and interests of the trainees.

The course is being developed in partnership with Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance (Oakhampton Community College).

For more information attend one of our Taster sessions or get in touch via our website https://www.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/form/?pid=9&form=28

or Twitter account @TeachSWest.

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 £17,600

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 Geography 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

We look for a 2.1 degree or above in geography or a related subject 2.1 degree or above in combined subjects of which at least 50% is geography and Grade B or above in Geography at A Level or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants who have a 2.2 in Geography and Grade B or above in Geography at A Level or an equivalent qualification can be considered if they have been awarded a Masters or PhD Degree.

Related degree subjects include; Environmental Science, Geology, Archaeology, Ecology and Planning.

We advise applicants to gain school-based experience prior to application.

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

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: 3CBB

Choose a training location

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

Name Address Code
Main Site Harford Road, Ivybridge PL21 0JA -

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