Lawrence Sheriff School
Geography (2QP2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
August 2020
Website
http://www.lawrencesheriffschool.net/national-teaching-school/school-direct

About the course

You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside experienced teachers and colleagues who can offer examples of good practice and provide advice and support during your training. You’ll spend the majority of your training in your host school and will feel part of the school community.

As a guide, you will spend four days a week in your host school and one day a week at Warwick University to develop your subject and professional studies. You many also complete a few alliance training days at Lawrence Sheriff School. To broaden your experience, you will complete a six week placement in a contrasting school, usually after the Christmas break.

In order to develop expertise in your chosen subject area, you'll take three core modules. They're all designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you'll need in your successful teaching career:

• Subject Studies: You'll learn all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.

• Professional Studies: You'll learn about working in classrooms and schools, and the broader context of teaching today.

• Professional Practice: You'll take placements with opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in partner schools.

You’ll be assessed in the following three modules:

• Subject Studies (PG1) M Level: A series of assessments focussing on both educational theory and issues in your specialist subject (1 x 1500 word formative essay, and 1 x 4000-word essay, 1 x Academic Poster)

• Reflective Practice (PG2) M Level: A reflective case study on an area of educational practice in your placement school(s) supported by a literature review (1 x 5000-word essay)

• Professional Practice H Level: Meeting the Teachers’ Standards at a Good or Outstanding level (Regular observations by mentors and Teaching Fellows; Tutorials; Professional Digital Portfolio, Viva Voce)

You’ll also be assessed on whether you meet the Teachers’ Standards at a level appropriate for a newly qualified teacher.

All assignments are submitted in electronic form. Your tutors will give you formal feedback identifying the strengths of the academic piece, and offer any advice for future work.

Interview process

Interviews are generally held at Lawrence Sheriff School or the partner school you have applied to. We will send you an email to let you know the arrangements, which can vary slightly depending on the school.

The selection process lasts approximately half a day, during which you will attend an interview, conduct a short teaching task (usually about 20-30 minutes) and meet members of the department or school team you will be working with. There may also be a tour of the school and for Secondary applicants a discussion relating to your chosen subject.

If you are successful at interview, you will be informed via UCAS and the lead school.

How school placements work

You will be able to apply to your chosen school (known as your host school or training location) where you will spend the majority of your time.

All partner schools are within a reasonable travelling distance and we will try to ensure that for your six week placement you are placed in a school that is convenient for you.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 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 £17,000
  • a bursary of £15,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Degree

You must have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

  • GCSEs

You'll need at least Grade C / 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

We recommend that you have some experience in mainstream UK schools before applying. Whilst not compulsory, this will give you a flavour for your potential future career, and help you write your application.

Other requirements

Before starting your course you must also pass an occupational health check and a criminal record check.

About the training provider

Lawrence Sheriff School is a National Teaching School and a lead school for School Direct. We work in partnership with a range of schools in the Warwickshire and Coventry area, as well as several higher education teacher training providers.

This is the sixth year that we have been involved with the School Direct training programme and we have successfully placed trainees throughout the area, with many former trainees in full-time employment within the partnership.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have trained professional mentors available to discuss and where possible meet the specific needs of trainees and we can offer support across our range of schools.

Lawrence Sheriff School is an inclusive community which welcomes students, staff and visitors with disabilities.

Partner school accessibility arrangements can be found on their school websites.

Please contact us if you have any specific queries.

Contact details

Email
school.direct@lawrencesheriffschool.com
Telephone
01788 542074
Website
http://www.lawrencesheriffschool.net/national-teaching-school/school-direct
Address
Lawrence Sheriff School
Clifton Road
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 3AG

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: 1GH
  • Training programme code: 2QP2

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
Lawrence Sheriff School
Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3AG
Yes -
North Leamington School
Sandy Lane, Blackdown, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6RD
Yes Z

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