Fenland Teaching School Alliance
Physics (2PTX)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.lionelwalden.cambs.sch.uk

About the course

Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings

Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary science, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the science classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement

Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence

Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice

Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Science is an exciting and rapidly progressing subject that is challenging to teach. During the course you will spend around 70% of your time in placement schools developing the skills and experience necessary to teach scientific concepts in a variety of ways.

You will attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of the content of the science curriculum, general professional issues, and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective and research informed practitioner. You will train to teach science to at least GCSE level with a specialism in biology.

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities, which define the level at which you meet the standards.

Your assignments and documentary evidence are managed through a webfolio, bringing together your experiences and activities into a coherent structure. It will help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, enabling you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.

Interview process

Following a successful application you will be invited to visit Sir Harry Smith Community College whereby you will have a tour of the college, meet key staff, complete a classroom based activity and have an interview by the Professional Tutor. Shortly after you will attend a formal interview at Bedford University where you will also be able to meet other potential trainees and become familiar with the University setting.

A decision will be made shortly after the interview process.

How school placements work

We are proud to be able to offer a quality experience at Sir Harry Smith Community College. Therefore, we are very careful when allocating trainees to placement schools and usually locate our trainees at schools within the Fenland so that travelling is not too onerous.

Usually, you will have two placements, starting at Sir Harry in the Autumn term and then having placement two from January - June the following year.

Sir Harry are able to offer experience of teaching from 11-18 dependent on subject specialism

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 £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics 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

English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

You must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in the subject for which you are applying to teach or a degree of which at least 50% is in that subject

A levels in the subject and/or related subjects are desirable

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0

All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who have the potential to become independent, creative, innovative, collaborative and resilient practitioners.

An ability to communicate with a range of audiences ( eg parents, carers, students, colleagues) is desirable.

A genuine willingness to learn and to self-reflect are both important qualities for this role.

Other requirements

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Work experience in school is desirable.

About the training provider

Lionel Walden Primary has linked with Sir Harry Smith Community College in order to deliver high quality primary and secondary School Direct training courses within Fenland, NE Cambridgeshire. Our partnership with the University of Bedfordshire enables successful trainees to achieve a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status.

Both schools have the expertise and commitment to deliver high quality training and support to trainee teachers. In recent years, trainees have been very successful in gaining employment, predominantly in Fenland schools.

*Primary

Lionel Walden Primary (LWP) has strong connections with primary schools across Fenland meaning that we can offer a diverse range of high-quality placements from small village schools to some of the largest primaries in the country. Our high expectations and passion to enable children to be the best they can be runs through LWP and our partner primaries.

*Secondary

Sir Harry Smith (SHS) is located in Whittlesey. Its close proximity to Peterborough means that there are regular trains and buses to the town with the bus stop being a five minute walk from the school.

SHS has a very dedicated and supportive team of staff who work closely together. Each department is equipped with a mini staff room which is a quiet, secure base for planning, sharing ideas or simply having a cup of coffee. A number of our teachers completed the School Direct programme and are very willing to share their experiences with trainees. SHS will equip you with a laptop and a supportive professional development programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Lionel Walden Primary and Sir Harry Smith Community College are very inclusive and therefore welcome applications from people with disabilities and other needs. We are happy to discuss specific requirements prior to application.

The University of Bedfordshire is an inclusive and empowering university. Particular care is taken to ensure that individual needs of all students are met. Encouragement is given so that students can reach their potential in a supportive environment. Disability access information can be found on the university website.

Contact details

Email
head@lionelwalden.cambs.sch.uk
Telephone
01354 740405
Website
http://www.lionelwalden.cambs.sch.uk
Address
High Street
Doddington
March
Cambridgeshire
PE15 0TF

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: 1XY
  • Training programme code: 2PTX

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
Sir Harry Smith Community College
Eastree Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE7 1XB
Yes S

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