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.
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
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Sir Harry Smith Community College
Eastree Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE7 1XB
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