Mathematics with Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: The University of Warwick

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.bctsa.org

About the course

Course aims:

  • to gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • to build confidence and help you reflect on your professional practice
  • to become an authority on the latest curriculum development, issues and innovations
  • to learn to manage pupils' behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
  • to grow confidence in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
  • to leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules.

This will be through three core modules:

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

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

Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day. After the Summer half term, trainees will be in school 5 days per week.

You will be assessed in the following three modules:

Subject Studies (PG1) M level: A series of 2 assessments focussing on both educational theory and issues in your specialist subject – (1) 4000 word essay: January (2) academic poster: June.

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 (5000 word essay) - September and April.

Professional Practice H level: Meeting the Teachers’ Standards at a Good or Outstanding level. October, December, February, April, June

All assignments are submitted in electronic form.

Training days will mainly take place at the University of Warwick with some days being held at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

Interview process

Once an application has been submitted Alliance schools that have requested a trainee in a particular subject will decide if they want to interview. Please contact us to find out the latest list of schools with vacancies in particular subjects.

If more than one school wants to interview, the interview will be held at Bishop Challoner Catholic College and representatives from the interested schools will attend. When inviting applicants to interview they will be notified which schools will be represented on the interview panel.

If there is one school that wants to interview, the interview will be held at that school.

If the applicant is successful and several schools want to offer a place, the applicant can visit the schools and decide which school they prefer. This does not mean they have accepted a place at that school, it just means that they know that the Bishop Challoner offer on UCAS is for that particular school.

Interviews consist of:

  • an English written test (30 minutes)
  • a short teaching session delivered to a small group of students - applicants will be informed at least 5 days before the interview about the topic, the age group/ability and the number of students
  • a formal interview.

Detailed guidance will be provided about the interview process and what is expected when you are invited.

How school placements work

The main placement school for an applicant is discussed at interview, so that individual requirements can be taken into account. With most of our schools being located in or near the Birmingham area, travel time is not usually a problem.

Successful applicants will know which school will be their main placement when they are offered the place.

The second school placement takes place in the first half of the Spring Term, and this will be discussed with the trainee and their school mentor before any decisions are made.

Trainees are also required to spend one week (or equivalent) in a primary school.

This School Direct programme covers the 11-18 age group, with all trainees having the opportunity to observe and teach Sixth Form students.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 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 £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You have graduated, or are about to graduate from a British University or College of Higher Education with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

Overseas students with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British degree in the above mentioned classifications are also eligible.

Suggested degree subjects: Accountancy, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Maths, Physics, Statistics or a related discipline.

You need at least a grade 4 or grade C in GCSE(or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

You must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

Personal qualities

  • energetic
  • good communicator
  • able to inspire and enthuse
  • good organiser
  • imaginative and creative
  • confident and resilient

Contact details

Email
c.taylor@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk
Telephone
01214444161
Website
http://www.bctsa.org
Address
Bishop Challoner Catholic College
Institute Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham

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: 1K2
  • Training programme code: 3629

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Main Site Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7EG

Advice and support

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