Computing with South Bromsgrove High Teaching School Accredited provider: University of Worcester

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.sbhteachingschool.org.uk

About the course

This course prepares trainees to teach Computing within secondary schools. The course involves a combination of practical teaching experience and taught modules on pedagogy and broader aspects of education. Trainees will be placed at South Bromsgrove High Academy for the main placement and will undertake a second, contrasting school experience placement at another school. Second school placements will be arranged during the first term and will be carefully matched to the needs of the trainee.

The professional studies element of the course will be coordinated by South Bromsgrove High Academy on a particular day each week. The unique aspect of this programme is that the delivery will be shared across schools in a wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This will also allow insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools. Much of the Professional Studies element will involve linking theory to classroom practice and will involve input from a variety of teachers, school leaders and Specialist Leaders in Education.

The subject based elements of the programme will be delivered in collaboration with University of Worcester, School of Education. Trainees are required to undertake 3 assignments across the year. These will be coordinated by Worcester University.

Assessment on this course is carried out via a combination of lesson observation and written assignment. On completion, trainees receive QTS and a PGCE qualification.

Interview process

Candidates will attend two interviews. The first interviews will take place at South Bromsgrove High Academy. These will typically take one half day and will involve the following:

  • written task
  • small group / class teaching
  • interview

Interviews will be conducted by the Lead Mentor and the Subject Mentor for Computing.

The second interview will be held at University of Worcester and will involve the following:

  • written task
  • group discussion
  • presentation
  • interview

Interviews will be carried out by Subject Tutors and other key staff from the School of Education.

How school placements work

This programme is based at South Bromsgrove High Academy . The school, in collaboration with University of Worcester will arrange a second school experience placement that will take place during the Spring term. The school will be selected based on the training needs of the individual trainee and location.

Trainees will be assigned a designated Subject Mentor whilst in school, along with a Professional Mentor. Mentors will work together to ensure that trainees are making good progress in their teaching practice and that all emerging training needs are being met.

The school experience placements will ensure that trainees are able to teach across the full age range, from 11 - 18.

Trainees will spend the majority of their time in school, but will attend Worcester University for professional and subject studies for a number of days across the year.

Fees

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

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 Computing 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

You'll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.

You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.

You'll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the following personal qualities in our prospective trainees:

  • A commitment to the welfare and well-being of young people
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and an ability to relate to young people
  • A passion for your subject and for education in general
  • A willingness to learn through experience and respond to feedback
  • Some prior school experience is not expected, but is recommended

Other requirements

All prospective trainees will be subject to a medical questionnaire, assessing their fitness to teach and an Enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

South Bromsgrove High Teaching School Alliance provides a high quality, school-based learning opportunity. ‘South’ is an outstanding school (Ofsted 2012/13) where students enjoy learning in a way which stimulates their imagination and creativity. We maintain high standards of achievement, offer a broad and relevant curriculum, and place great emphasis on high quality learning experiences in lessons.

The unique aspect of our School Direct training programmes is that delivery is shared across schools from our wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This allows insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools and a broader understanding of education and pedagogy. Our highly successful primary programme is coordinated by St John’s CofE Middle School (judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2012) and placements are provided in a range of excellent local First, Middle and Primary Schools. For our secondary training programmes, we can offer placements at South Bromsgrove High Academy or Trinity High School, Redditch (depending on subject).

All schools in the alliance are highly committed to the training of teachers in a school based environment with access to high quality support from Higher Education Institutions. South Bromsgrove High Teaching Alliance has experienced subject and professional mentors who are involved in the planning and development of the School Direct courses. Every trainee is assigned a Professional and Subject Mentor who will be experienced in mentoring, coaching and giving feedback. You will meet with your mentor regularly, to review and set targets related to the teacher standards.

About the accredited provider

The University of Worcester has a longstanding reputation of excellent in Initial Teacher Training. Their programmes offer the following:

  • Placements in at least two different schools, giving a breadth of experience and the chance to specialise whilst developing self-reflection, self-criticism and self-confidence
  • Opportunities to develop additional specialisms in areas such as special educational needs, technology enhanced learning, and leadership
  • Extra-curricular opportunities, such as conferences and special projects, to boost employability

The course lasts for 10 months and there are excellent tax free training bursaries available

Training with disabilities and other needs

South Bromsgrove High Teaching School Alliance recognises that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools, both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos. We value diversity and the unique contribution that all staff and trainees bring. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities or specific educational needs and we are committed to fulfilling our duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all trainees can access all aspects of our training provision. We also work closely with our accredited providers to ensure that support mechanisms are in place for emerging needs of trainees throughout the course.

Specific support might include:

  • Training materials produced in advance or made available online;
  • Specific print requirements, such as large print / coloured paper;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Wheelchair access to relevant training / classrooms;
  • Designated quiet working areas.

It is a trainee's choice whether or not they disclose disabilities to us, but we would encourage you to do so in order that we can support you fully in completing your training.

Contact details

Email
tr@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk
Telephone
01527 831783
Website
http://www.sbhteachingschool.org.uk
Address
South Bromsgrove High School
Charford Road
Bromsgrove

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: 19S
  • Training programme code: 2DSP

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 Charford Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 3NL

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