Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance
Geography (E222)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
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
September 2020
Website
http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct

About the course

Geography has a key role to play in enabling young people to make sense of, understand and make a positive contribution to planet Earth. Teaching will allow you to bring to life the physical and human world that your pupils live in.

You will introduce young people in an engaging and stimulating manner to the world that they inhabit and to geography in all its forms – including physical, human and environmental.

You will explore the skills and knowledge that geography offers at secondary education level and train to become a confident, dynamic and creative teacher with the ability to make geographical thinking accessible to all. You will discover how pupils learn and explore ways in which you can plan activities that will ensure they progress and develop their geographical minds.

Exploring an inclusive and rich approach towards geography you will discover and learn how to make the geography curriculum come alive in a way that will promote geographical thinking. You will learn how to

inspire and enthuse your pupils by taking them on exciting and stimulating geographical journeys. You will be able to achieve this by developing your knowledge and understanding of a range of geographical pedagogies. These can be used to help pupils to become more self-confident and critically informed about the planet that they inhabit.

This course has links with key subject associations, the Royal Geographical Society and the Geographical Association.

Another key feature of the course is its fieldwork component which includes an in depth consideration of how to devise and plan local urban fieldwork and residential fieldwork with a rural and physical geography focus.

This School Direct PGCE programme will feature a range of modules and the opportunity to get plenty of hands-on practice with support from colleagues in our Teaching School Alliance and experienced University tutors.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • discussions about relevant experiences
  • a presentation or small teaching exercise
  • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills
  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher
  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

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.

You will be based at your main placement school for the whole of the programme except for a second complementary school placement which will take place in the first half of the Spring Term. The second placement school will be discussed with you and your school mentor before any decisions are made.

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

An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.

GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities we are looking for include:

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

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfy all other safeguarding checks required for your course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

About the training provider

Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 30 primaries, mainly located across the Birmingham area with some schools situated in the surrounding areas of Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.

Being a large TSA, with a long and proven track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places all through the School Direct PGCE route. Every year we have large numbers of trainees who successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades. Having a large Alliance also means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year. Over the last few years we have had a 100% employment record after the training year.

There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you. They undertake training for their role every year with the University and with BCTSA. We have an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced mentors from Alliance Schools who visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year. This is in addition to the support provided by the University.

To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond.

Come and train to teach with us and 'Inspire : Teach : Excel'

(http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Within our Alliance of schools, BCTSA hopes to be able to provide a welcoming, accessible route into teaching for candidates with disabilities and other needs. The caring, nurturing focus of our mentors and trainers aims to look after those who are keen to progress through the programme and become classroom teachers. The University also provides a range of academic and professional support.

Previously we have supported trainees with a range of physical impairments, including timetabling of lessons to ground floor classrooms for those who cannot use the stairs; extra preparation time for those with dyslexia and autism, and extra support for those with mental health conditions.

By seeing our trainees as individuals, no two types of support are the same. By encouraging a caring and supporting ethos within our partner schools, we work with individuals to work out the best way to help them gain the most from their School Direct year and to start their teaching careers confident and ready to teach.

Contact details

Email
c.taylor@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk
Telephone
01214416175
Website
http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct
Address
Bishop Challoner Catholic College
Institute Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7EG

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: E222

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
Main Site
Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7EG
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