St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance
Art and Design (36L8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.stjohnboscotsa.co.uk/school-direct/

About the course

The St John Bosco School Direct training programme allows trainees to spend the majority of their training from the very first week in one of our partner schools. This enables trainees to learn from practicing professionals at the outset.

You will be able to select their preferred training location from our choice of partner schools when you apply. If you are offered a place you will know which training location you will be placed at before you accept the offer.

We have designed our School Direct PGCE course to maximise your experience in classrooms. You will be supported by an experienced subject mentor who will oversee your development as a teacher. Your mentor will help you gain the skills and confidence needed to be an effective teacher. A key part of this development is to help you become a reflective practitioner, this is a quality you will need for the rest of your teaching career.

Whether you apply to Holly Lodge or to one of our partner schools you will have the opportunity to benefit from and gain experience at Holly Lodge’s successful sixth form.

All trainees have a second placement of six week in another of our partner schools. The purpose of this is to give you an experience of a contrasting school, and so that you can put the teaching skills you have developed so far to the test.

The course is also well supported by tutors from Newman University. Lectures and tutorials at Newman will develop your subject and teaching knowledge, underpinned by educational theory.

Interview process

The interview comprises two main elements. Firstly there is a mini lesson of about 20 minutes to a group of approximately 12 students. Candidates are given a topic to teach when they are invited to interview so they can prepare. Following that there is a formal interview.

The interviews are held at Holly Lodge High School, as the lead secondary school in the partnership. The interview panel will be made up of the coordinator for Initial Teacher Training at Holly Lodge, a professional mentor from the chosen training location, if it is not Holly Lodge, and a tutor from Newman University.

How school placements work

When you apply and select a preferred training school, we will do our best to ensure that is where you are placed. You will be told if an offer is made which school you will train at.

Second school placements are six week blocks, during the second term, and aim to give the trainee a contrasting experience. The trainee then returns to the main school until the end of the placement.

Our secondary programmes are focused on the 11-16 age range, although all our trainees will have opportunity in their first or second placement to train at Holly Lodges successful sixth form.

Finally you will undertake a five day placement at a primary school with a focus on transition from KS2 to KS3.

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’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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 honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or equivalent qualification. At least 50% of the degree content will usually be in the subject that you wish to teach, but we consider applicants on a case by case basis.

GCSE in English language and Maths at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications.

You must meet these academic requirements by the start of the course, not necessarily before application.

About the training provider

The St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of primary and secondary schools across Sandwell, Dudley and South Birmingham. We aim to develop outstanding teachers. We do this by providing a subject / class mentor who supports you on a daily basis, in addition there is a professional mentor looking after your wider development. As a School Direct trainee you would also have access to your placement school's professional development programme.

Our year's training comprises three main elements;

-1) A main school placement where you feel part of the school. The aim is to mirror the life of a qualified teacher for the year.

-2) A six week second school placement in a partner school.

-3) Training and support from Newman University.

The qualification at the end of the course awards QTS and PGCE. For the past three years 100% of our trainees, primary and secondary, have gained employment by the end of the course.

For further information

-Primary training, St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromich lead the Primary training

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-Secondary Training, Holly Lodge High School in Smethwick is the lead school for Secondary training.

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About the accredited body

Newman University has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. The School Direct training at Newman runs alongside existing PGCE and undergraduate programmes. When you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to attain additional Masters’ credits.

Newman prides itself on being a friendly community of staff and students, and their small class sizes mean that academic staff can give personal care and attention to each student.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a wide range of partner schools across a large geographical area. This enables us to match trainees to the right place for them. Our experienced team of mentors and close relationship with tutors at Newman University allow us to offer all our trainees the support they need.

Contact details

Email
imelling@holly-lodge.org
Telephone
0121 5580691
Website
http://www.stjohnboscotsa.co.uk/school-direct/
Address
Holly Lodge High School
Holly Lane
Smethwick
West Midlands
B67 7JG

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: 1S9
  • Training programme code: 36L8

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
Holly Lodge High School
Holly Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands B67 7JG
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Support and advice

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