Chemistry with West Cumbria and North Lakes School Direct Accredited provider: Cumbria Primary Teacher Training

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.cptt.co.uk/secondary-teacher-training/secondary-teacher-training-1

About the course

Our Chemistry School Direct course – 11-16 PGCE (with KS5 enhancement) is an intensive year of preparation for the teaching profession. It will be valuable, stimulating and enjoyable for you and you will emerge as a qualified and enthusiastic teacher of your subject.

  • You will be placed in a host school from week one of the course.
  • You will have at least 10 specific subject pedagogy days where you will develop your knowledge and skills of the Chemistry curriculum at key stages 3, 4 and 5.
  • You will also be teaching your subject in at least 2 schools.
  • You will have a number of training (or conference days) in our Alliance Schools, covering all aspects of Professional Development including Safeguarding, Behaviour Management and Assessment.

The schools chosen will be personalised to your specific needs, but are likely to offer contrasting experiences. You will have access to a subject and professional mentor within each of your schools who will assess you against the QTS standards offering guidance on how to improve.

The PGCE is provided in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and delivered locally at the CPTT centre. PGCE assignments are closely linked to reflective practice of your school experience, minimizing workload.

You will complete placements in at least two schools.

The first placement will be structured to allow for a gradual transition. You will, however, be delivering full lessons by the end of the first placement. (This typically runs from October to December).

The second placement begins after Christmas in a different school - as stated earlier, this will be a contrasting school to help broaden your experiences.

Both these placements will be assessed.

All trainees will have the opportunity to spend some time in partner schools and settings - this could include Primary schools, Special schools and Post 16.

All academic assignments will be at Masters level.

Quote from previous School Direct trainee:

'WLTSA School Direct gave me the chance to get to grips with teaching as a career from day one of my training. I chose to go into teaching as I was completely inspired by my teachers as a student. School Direct helped me in fulfilling my career ambition, by supporting my training to the highest standard possible. With WLTSA School Direct I learnt on the job from the experts and received the best start to my teaching career"

How school placements work

The WLTSA is an outstanding partnership of schools and currently comprises:

Cockermouth School, Cockermouth

Beacon Hill School, Aspatria

Keswick School, Keswick

Mayfield Special School, Whitehaven

Netherhall School, Maryport

Solway Community School, Silloth

Workington Academy, Workington

St Benedict's RC Catholic High School, Whitehaven

St Joseph's RC Catholic High School, Workington

Ullswater Community College, Penrith

West Lakes Academy, Egremont

Whitehaven Academy, Whitehaven

You will be teaching 11 to 16 with the opportunity for a KS5 enhancement placement.

Our partner schools are all located on the Western and Northern fringes of the Lake District, adjacent to some of the most beautiful parts of the country. A strength of our programme is the opportunity for trainees to engage with a diverse range of teaching and training experiences. The school catchments are contrasting, with schools covering urban areas, small towns and very rural regions.

Our alliance schools have significant levels of experience in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and all have worked with PGCE courses for many years. We have excellent professional and subject mentors who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice and who have and a track record of supporting trainees effectively.

We also have an excellent record of employment

You will complete placements in at least two schools. Candidates' schools are selected after discussion and travelling distance is taken into account.

The first placement will be structured to allow for a gradual transition. You will, however, be delivering full lessons by the end of the first placement. (This typically runs from October to December).

The second placement begins after Christmas in a different school - as stated earlier, this will be a contrasting school to help broaden your experiences.

Both these placements will be assessed.

All trainees will have the opportunity to spend some time in partner schools and settings - this could include Primary schools, Special schools and Post 16.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000
International students £9,000

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

We would normally expect graduates with at least a second class degree (in a relevant subject, with at least half the content in the subject you wish to teach).

However, there are exceptions to this, so please contact us to discuss your own circumstances prior to application.

GCSE Maths and English to at least Grade C (equivalent).

You will also need to pass the literacy and numeracy skills test before commencement of the course

Personal qualities

The Western Lakes Teaching School Alliance is looking for people who want to train in schools and wish to be part of a school based community for their training year.

You will need to display a range of Emotional Intelligences and personal attributes, as the PGCE year is demanding. These could include:

  • a love of your subject
  • a positive attitude
  • enthusiasm and humour
  • ability to evaluate and reflect
  • excellent administrative, organisational and self-management skills.

Other requirements

Before commencing the course you must complete a fit to work assessment and be declared fit to work in the teaching profession. Acceptance on the course will be dependant on satisfactory Disclosure and Barring clearance. Your name will also be checked against the "prohibited from teaching" list.

Although it is not a requirement, we strongly recommend that you have relevant secondary school experience.

About the training provider

The Western Lakes Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) is a great place to work and learn. Our alliance of Secondary schools works closely with the Sheffield Hallam University and Cumbria Primary Teacher Training to provide an outstanding opportunity to follow a largely school-based route towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (60 credits at Masters level).

The WLTSA is an outstanding partnership of schools and currently comprises of 12 schools.

Our partner schools are all located on the Western and Northern fringes of the Lake District, adjacent to some of the most beautiful parts of the country. A strength of our programme is the opportunity for trainees to engage with a diverse range of teaching and training experiences. The school catchments are contrasting, with schools covering urban areas, small towns and very rural regions.

Our alliance schools have significant levels of experience in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and all have worked with PGCE courses for many years. We have excellent professional and subject mentors who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice and who have and a track record of supporting trainees effectively.

We also have an excellent record of employment - last year all of our School Direct trainees gained employment.

We welcome students with disabilities or other needs. As we are a small organisation, we are able to cater for individual needs and provide support where necessary.

You will be part of a Teaching School Alliance whose experiences are tried and trusted.

About the accredited provider

Cumbria Teacher Training is a partnership between Cumbria Primary Teacher Training and Western Lakes Teaching School Alliance offering Primary and Secondary Post Graduate Certificates in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Primary and Secondary trainees work closely together enabling cross phase insight.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All candidates including those with disabilities and other needs have an initial fit to work assessment and from these relevant support programmes can be implemented.

Although accessibility does vary between different locations, every endeavour is made to accommodate an individual's needs.

Trainees are supported throughout the course and if any issues or concerns arise they are dealt with promptly.

Contact details

Email
tinabeddoe@keswick.cumbria.sch.uk
Telephone
01900 606855
Website
http://www.cptt.co.uk/secondary-teacher-training/secondary-teacher-training-1
Address
Secondary School Direct
c/o Cockermouth School
Castlegate Drive
Cockermouth
CA13 9HF

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: 17X
  • Training programme code: 2B2F

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 Castlegate Drive, Cockermouth CA13 9HF

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