About the course
This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach the ICT and Computer Science at secondary school level. Time is spent in the University in lectures and seminars and in the classroom on placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.
ICT continues to be a rapidly expanding area in schools. The School Direct Information Communications Technology and Computer Science course will enable newly qualified teachers to teach ICT and Computer Science with confidence, inspiring and challenging pupils in the 11-18 age phase. The course will include education professional studies, subject application studies and school experience.
You will be invited to an interview with one of the Rutland Teaching Alliance partner schools as part of the selection process. At this interview, you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day.
They will include:
*An opportunity to meet with the subject Team Leader and other colleagues
*Teach part of a lesson to a small group
You will also be invited to a second interview at Nottingham Trent University.
How school placements work
The lead school organises your placements within the teaching alliance.
The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. On Monday's you will also spend time studying at the University.
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
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 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
As a School Direct trainee, you will be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses.
If you are a UK or EU trainee, you should be eligible for a student loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant to cover the cost of your study and will only start paying the loans back when you start earning over £21,000 per annum.
You may be eligible to receive a training bursary, dependent on the subject you train for and a degree classification.
*A good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach.
*GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths
*A levels (or equivalent) in the subject you intend to specialise in.
Following the interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge in the subject they wish to teach may be offered a place on the course subject to successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject prior to commencing your teacher-training year.
About the training provider
The Rutland Teaching Alliance is a partnership of outstanding providers ranging from Primary Schools through to Higher Education Institutes. Our shared vision is to raise the achievement of all students within Rutland and to respond effectively to the professional needs of staff locally and within the surrounding counties.
Our Alliance brings together a wealth of experience and expertise at all levels including those of National Leaders in Education and we work in close partnership with Nottingham Trent University through our successful School Direct scheme.
Over the last 5 years, 100% of Rutland Teaching Alliance trainees* have been in employment contracts as NQTs by the end of the course and 98% of trainees starting the training gained QTS in the last 3 years (National figure 90%).
- those actively seeking employment
About the accredited body
At the University you will study for the same award as other postgraduate teacher trainees except that the delivery will have more emphasis on being trained within a school environment and will involve more staff from schools:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credit points at Masters level)
- Professional Certificate in Education.
Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a postgraduate qualification.
You will be a registered student with NTU, which means that you will benefit from the combined expertise of the University and lead placement school.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Rutland Teaching Alliance are committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. Together with Nottingham Trent University, we will:
- ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marital status or civil partnership, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or maternity, sex or any other inappropriate distinction;
- promote diversity and equality for all staff and value the contributions made by individuals and groups of people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and distinctive backgrounds;
- promote and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment which affirms the equal and fair treatment of individuals in fulfilling their potential and does not afford unfair privilege to any individual or group.
If you have any specific questions, please contact the Rutland Teaching Alliance or visit the Nottingham Trent University support page.
Apply for this course
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Huntsmans Drive, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6RP
John Ferneley College
Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE131LH
Uppingham Community College
High Street W, Uppingham, Rutland LE15
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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