About the course
There are four strands to this course: subject study/subject education, education studies, school placements and professional development.
Course content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice.
The subject study/subject education strand builds upon your existing expertise in geography and provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of geography in the secondary school context. You will consider the learning and teaching strategies that are relevant to the specialist subject.
The subject education module is specifically related to teaching the specialist subject in school while the subject study module enables you to take your subject specialist studies to an increased depth. You can earn 20 masters-level credits through the assessment for the subject study module.
The education studies strand will give you a thorough understanding of the learning process itself, including an appreciation of individual differences. The study of the principles and practices of learning and teaching is through both school and university settings, allowing you to develop practical competencies, supported by analytical skills. By the end of the course you will:
-refine your understanding of pedagogy, including an appreciation of current and emerging educational theories and debate
-understand how to use and adapt a range of teaching, learning, management and assessment strategies in order to meet the varying needs of learners
-understand how the progress and well-being of learners is affected by a range of influences and know how to take account of the principles of equality, inclusion and diversity.
Professional development is intrinsically linked to all key strands of the programme and is designed to enable you to evaluate critically and reflect upon your learning in order to make improvements. You will be expected to gather and justify evidence of your achievements on a regular basis and develop and implement improvement plans.
Students use an e-portfolio to record their achievements, and this is reviewed throughout the course. An action plan is used to support professional development during placements and makes up a significant part of the improvement planning process.
At the end of the course, the e-portfolio provides evidence that you have met the Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
You will be required to attend two interviews one at the University and one at the school that you wish to apply for.
Below is an example of the University and School interview process-
Arrival and document check
11.00 – 12.30 Welcome and overview of the programme with opportunity to ask questions. Writing task.
12.30- 13.25 Lunch Break
13.30 – 16.00 Presentations & individual interviews
8.45 Arrival and document check
9.00 - 9.20 Teaching Task to a group of students
How school placements work
You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school.
Your school-based training will include observing teachers, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.
You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing.
Key aims of the school-based training:
-advance the development of your professional attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding
-provide practical and specific experiences that enable you to critically analyse your professional practice and take responsibility for your own professional development
-enable you to work collaboratively with colleagues in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which the attainment, development and well-being of all learners can be achieved with a unified support and teaching system
provide opportunities that enable you to adopt a creative and -constructively critical approach towards your practice, supported by appropriate reading and research.
During your school-based training, university tutors, school mentors and teachers will support you and take shared responsibility for your professional development.
Your progress will be observed and assessed throughout your school-based training by university and school staff, followed by feedback sessions to discuss your development. Your e-portfolio will also be evaluated as part of the overall assessment.
Through doing School Direct it allows you to have the choice of school you would like to be based in for your main placement, route you will be able to apply for the school you would like to teach in.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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.
Honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and maths. In-house tests available for candidates without qualifications in maths and English.
About the training provider
The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area. As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.
•The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.
•Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.
• The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning.
•Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.
About the accredited body
The University of Brighton offer both School Direct Tuition and School Direct Salaried programmes in primary and secondary age phases.
You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a partnership we do our best to cater for all individual needs. Applicants would need to be in contact with the schools directly to see what support they have in place.
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:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
205 Dyke Rd, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6EG
Hove Park School
Patcham High School
Ladies' Mile Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 8PB
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