About the course
The programme has three fully integrated components:
*Secondary Education and Professional Studies Module
The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society.
*Secondary Professional Learning Module
Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the standards of professional competence which trainees must demonstrate in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.
*Secondary Physics Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy module
The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Science and Physics in the secondary school, in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.
Assessment is through University and school-based assignments. There are no formal exams.There are two main assessment strands:
- Assessment of the Standards relating to professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills that need to be reached in order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This strand runs through the whole programme as students gradually develop the expertise needed to achieve the Standards required. Formative Reports are used to identify areas of strength and to construct individualised action plans in areas where further development is required. The final Summative Report, which records either 'pass' or 'fail', is completed towards the end of the second school placement during the summer term.
- Assessment at Masters level to gain the PGCE.
Students are required to complete three 5,000 word (or equivalent) assignments related to the teaching and learning of science. The first focuses on the nature and purpose of science education and the development of the understanding of a particular aspect of science education. This is completed during the first, university based, term. The second is completed whilst on the first school placement during the spring term. It involves carrying out an Action Research Project or a Case Study.
For further information about this course please see https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/
Interviews will take place in the home school. You will be interviewed by the head of department, a member of the leadership team and a teacher with responsibility for initial teacher training. Before the interview day, but as part of the interview process, you will be expected to arrange a visit to the school. On the interview day itself you will be asked to observe a lesson and discuss what you notice and you will be asked to work with a small group of students for part of a lesson, supporting them through an activity prepared by their teacher.
How school placements work
JCTSA schools decide on an individual basis in which subjects they wish to offer training. This means that you are applying to a specific school to study your subject. Your contrasting school experience will be as close as possible to your home school but you will need access to a car.
There are two school placements. The majority of your in-school experience is done in your home school. This is the school to which you applied for your place. In addition there will be a six-week placement to a contrasting school.
The majority of our schools are 11-16 and are judged as good or outstanding. They are all rural and are located in West Dorset, Chard and in South East Devon.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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 Physics 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.
- A good degree with at least 50% of the content related to physics, e.g. engineering or astronomy. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered.
- Good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects.
- A good ‘A’ level grade in physics and ideally in another science subject. Where necessary applicants may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.
*GCSE English and maths at grade C+/4+
About the training provider
The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools' Alliance operates out of The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis and includes schools across Devon, Dorset and Somerset. We are a diverse and vibrant partnership, encompassing secondary schools, an independent school, an FE college, a university and primary schools.
Woodroffe is the lead school in a large alliance of secondary and primary schools. We are an outstanding school, as are a number of our partner schools. Woodroffe is also a regional maths hub, providing specialist maths support to teachers across Dorset and parts of Devon.
About the accredited body
The Jurassic Coast teaching School Alliance has many years of experience in delivering teacher training programmes, working with The University of Exeter who have been judged by Ofsted as outstanding providers of initial teacher education.
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 (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/newstudents/supportandservices/yourhealthandwelfare/#a4)
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Chickerell Road, Weymouth DT4 9SY
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