The Millais Alliance
Chemistry (2268)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.millaisalliance.org.uk

About the course

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range, which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase (Please note that Imberhorne is the only school with a Sixth Form).

Two-thirds of your year will be spent teaching, under supervision, in schools. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time, enabling you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. You will benefit from undertaking two placements in two schools or colleges, with the opportunity to visit additional schools or colleges as part of the 'Peer Observation' programme.

The School of Education is excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching provision.

Interview process

If you have applied for a School Direct place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.

The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then mot the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning.

If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which will take two to three hours. You will be expected to:

  • teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you'll be given information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the point they are at in that topic.
  • give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the Headteacher
  • complete a written task

If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.

How school placements work

On the School Direct route, you have applied to train at a specific school and, following interview, have been offered and accepted a place at that school. You therefore know where your first school will be, unlike those on the PGCE route.

You will start at your school in mid-late September and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You'll stay at this school until February half term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training days at university. You'll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you'll get out.

After February half term, you will move to another school for your short second placement which lasts for most of the second half of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school late in the Christmas term and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.

If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn't be placed there, so please make this known early on.

You will return to your host school for the last week of the Spring term and the first half of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Please refer to the University of Brighton website for further details about fees.

Financial support

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 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 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.

Financial support from the training provider

The Millais Alliance does not offer any further financial support to that offered by DfE.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • For secondary, a degree in a relevant or related subject. The majority of the content should reflect the subject you are applying for.

Applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.

  • For primary, a degree in any subject.
  • GCSE Maths and English
  • For Primary, GCSE Science

Please also check the entry requirements page on the University of Brighton website.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.

You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.

Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.

Other requirements

DBS checks will be carried out by the university for those on the SD tuition route.

About the training provider

The Millais Alliance (TMA) is an excellent partnership to train and work in. Our vision is straightforward but powerful - 'the highest standards of education and care'. We prepare our young people to be global citizens ready to take on the world.

We have a proven record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to the school community. We encourage our trainees to join in from Day 1. We have excellent in-school mentors who will support trainees in their training year and raise confidence in their classroom practice.

Our partnership of schools is led by Millais School, in the first cohort of designated Teaching Schools in 2011, and re-designated in 2015. We are an inspirational West Sussex partnership of 17 primary schools, 12 secondary schools and a Sixth Form College, many with Outstanding Ofsted ratings. The range of schools working together gives the opportunity to experience cross-phase observation in another of our Alliance schools regardless of the chosen phase being trained in.

Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and students are ambitious and confident. Many consistently out-perform their peers nationally and make significantly greater progress.

Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. They are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

About the accredited body

The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training; we've been educating teachers for over 100 years. Our work in initial teacher education provision has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Our strength lies with our school-led partnership, one that works to ensure trainee teachers receive the best possible support and education. Through our partnership we work closely with over 600 schools and colleges across the region.

Our students develop the skills and knowledge needed to be great educators, able to change our societies for the better.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our alliance schools will explore assistance options with disabled trainee teachers and seek specialist advice from relevant agencies on the equipment and support that can be made available. Any assessment of teachers’ needs within the school would closely involve the individuals, providing personalised support.

Some of our schools have older buildings where modern adjustments have not been possible, so any accessibility issues would be overcome through flexible timetabling in suitable classrooms near disabled facilities.

Contact details

Email
caroline.carroll@millais.org.uk
Telephone
01403 267890
Website
http://www.millaisalliance.org.uk
Address
The Millais Alliance
Depot Road
Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 5HR

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: 1BK
  • Training programme code: 2268

Choose a training location

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

Location Vacancies Code
Chatsmore Catholic High School
Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 5AF
Yes P
Hazelwick School
Hazelwick Mill Lane, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1SX
Yes J
Imberhorne School
Imberhorne Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1QY
Yes 3
Millais School
Depot Road, Horsham RH13 5HR
Yes Q
Oathall Community College
Appledore Gardens, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 2AQ
Yes 4
Tanbridge House School
Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1SR
Yes 5
Worthing High School
118 South Farm Rd, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7AR
Yes R

Support and advice

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