Biology with Teach Manchester Accredited provider: The University of Manchester

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
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.stpetershigh.com/sp/home/school_direct

About the course

Our School Direct course consists of a variety of learning experiences, focused on practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participant’s knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments.

This course will be delivered in partnership with The University of Manchester, who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters level credits as a PGCE on successful completion.

Interview process

All programmes include a panel interview where we are looking to find our more about your skills, knowledge, experience and passion.

The interview process takes place over a half-day at our lead School St Peter's High RC School.

  • an introductory talk
  • a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching
  • a short presentation
  • a subject knowledge assessment
  • identity and qualification checks (please provide photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

All offers we make after interview will be conditional on; successful completion of the professional skills tests, satisfactory medical clearance, clearance through the Disclosure and Barring service, validation of any declared qualification and the acquisition of any pending qualifications. Individual offers may have additional conditions and you are advised to carefully read these.

How school placements work

You will become part of your main placement school team from September, this is earlier than University led programmes. You will receive intensive support from our experienced team of teachers and mentors from the beginning of your placement. You will build your skills through observation, reflection, and attendance at both alliance training sessions and university led sessions. This will support you in building your skill set towards teaching whole class lessons, and then onto a significant timetable by the end of 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
International students £16,500

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - 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.

Financial support from the training provider

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Funded courses may be available for those who hold a PGCE place offer conditional upon topping up subject knowledge. The main focus is national priority subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Computing with ICT, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish).

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a biological science with at least half of the content strongly related to biology.
  • Grade B in biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other science or maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

Personal qualities

Our strongest applicants have undertaken some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher.

Other requirements

All School Direct PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

We also recommend you check the Department of Education website at (www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching) for the latest updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and satisfactory DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

About the training provider

Teach Manchester is an experienced School Direct Alliance of primary, secondary, specialist and sixth form schools and colleges based in central Manchester, working in partnership to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education. We are committed to providing an outstanding programme of support to training teachers so that they develop into confident and competent teachers who can contribute to the culture of excellence across the alliance and beyond.

We work in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester and University of Cumbria to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education across primary, primary with SEND and secondary subject specialisms. Our programme equips new teachers with the skills and knowledge to be outstanding teachers and is delivered by our Specialist Leaders of Education, School Leaders and colleagues from our university partners. Upon successful completion of our programme you will be awarded both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters Level Credits as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by our partner universities.

Every child should be taught by an outstanding teacher.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All successful applicants are required to undergo a Fitness to Teach assessment as a condition of offer. These are undertaken by the Occupational Health contractor of the partner university.

We encourage all applicants with disabilities and other needs to talk to us individually regarding their needs and how we can best support them during the period between accepting an offer and the start of the course to ensure that we can make appropriate arrangements. We will use information from the applicant and from professional referrals (for example GPs, Occupational Health, Education Psychologist) as appropriate to provide support on an individual basis.

We work collaboratively with our accrediting universities to support students; and services such as counselling are available through the partner university.

We work with Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Cumbria across our programme suite. Do check the course description to find out the partner university for the course that you are interested in.

Contact details

Email
amesm@stpetershigh.com
Telephone
01612481550
Website
http://www.stpetershigh.com/sp/home/school_direct
Address
Kirkmanshulme Lane
Gorton
Manchester

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: 1HJ
  • Training programme code: 2H63

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Teach Manchester Kirkmanshulme Lane, Manchester M12 4WB

Advice and support

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

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