Physical Education with The Millais Alliance Accredited provider: University of Brighton

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
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.millaisalliance.org.uk

About the course

All teaching takes place at the School of Sport and Service Management, based in Eastbourne, where there are extensive sports facilities such as six badminton court-sized sports halls, two gymnasiums, plus a fitness suite, Astro turf pitch and swimming pool.

When studying with us at the university, you’ll experience and learn how to teach practical physical education through The A-list of physical activities. These include physical activities considered to be less conventional compared to more established types of activities. The A-list includes the following non-conventional physical activities:

  • Alternative – Physical activities that depart from or challenge traditional norms and are considered to be non-traditional in a UK context such as tchouckball, kinball and korfball.
  • Adapted – Physical activities suited to pupils with additional learning needs but that can also be practiced by all pupils within secondary schools such as boccia, goalball and new age kurling.
  • Artistic – Physical activities related to cultural and artistic forms of dance.
  • Aesthetic – Physical activities that are creative and involve a combination of movements requiring precision, fluency and control such as urban gymnastics, cheerleading and trampolining.
  • Aquatic – Physical activities that take place in or on the water such as swimming, synchronised swimming, water aerobic dancing, water polo, life-saving and personal survival.
  • Athletic – Physical activities that require physical skill, agility and stamina such as street surfing.
  • Adventurous – Physical activities that require precise problem-solving and decision making skills such as orienteering and climbing.
  • Aerobic – Physical activities that are sustained and require low to high intensity such as jogging, rowing and cycling.
  • Anaerobic – Physical activities that are non-endurance activities involving speed strength and power such as sprinting, jumping, and throwing.

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. You will have the opportunity to organise group activities which reflect contemporary expectations of physical education teachers and the individual needs of pupils from diverse backgrounds. The campus is excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT.

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 2019/2020 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 may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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
  • A pass in the professional skills tests

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.

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

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: 2YWG

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
P Chatsmore Catholic High School Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 5AF
Q Millais School Depot Road, Horsham RH13 5HR
7 The Weald School Station Road, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9RY

Advice and support

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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