Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Accredited provider: The University of Manchester

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.bthcc.org.uk

About the course

PGCE Secondary School Direct Modern Languages (French & Spanish) provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding Languages teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.

The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.

This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.

At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.

Interview process

BTHCC is the Lead School in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process. We will be mainly working in partnership with All Saints Catholic College, Dukinfield, a member of our alliance, to ensure that the selection and recruitment process is transparent and rigorous.

Head teachers and senior colleagues from both BTHCC and All Saints will be involved in the recruitment process.

You are welcome to visit the school prior to application - please email schooldirect@bthcc.org

Interviews will usually take place at BTHCC.

When you come for a School Direct interview there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. We are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability
  • maturity and self-confidence
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants

You will be expected to plan and deliver a 20 minute teaching session - a topic will be supplied in advance of the interview and you will be given information regarding the age and ability of the pupils.

Further details about the interview process will be sent when invited to interview.

How school placements work

The 3 main placements work on an A/B/A rotation where Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College as the lead school in our alliance is usually the A placement although this may not always be the case.

The other school in our alliance where you are likely to be placed is

All Saints Catholic College in Dukinfield (https://allsaintscatholiccollege.com/)

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £18,000

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French 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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

2:2 honours degree or above in French or Spanish

A-level (or equivalent) in either or both French and Spanish.

You should also be able to speak a second language (French Spanish), beginners' level will suffice. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are available.

Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

  • maturity and self-confidence
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • a genuine passion and clear reasons for wanting to teach
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability
  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
  • a good standard of written English

Other requirements

Candidates applying for PGCE Secondary School Direct will need to sit pre-entry skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy. No unconditional offer will be made until both tests have been passed. You are therefore advised to have passed these tests prior to interview. For late applications, priority will be given to those who have already passed the tests.

Two weeks observational experience in a UK secondary school within the last 2 years

References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching

A personal statement

About the training provider

Our expanding and oversubscribed school has 1405 pupils from 11-18 years of age including 142 in our Sixth Form College. Our mission statement at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College reflects our commitment to developing the best in all our pupils and staff.

Our most recent June 2013 Ofsted report judged the school to be Outstanding in every area for the third time in succession.

Our 2018 GCSE results are excellent with 92% achieving a pass grade in English and 80% in Mathematics, results which are well above the average.

We are very proud of our Sixth Form students who in 2018 achieved an overall pass rate of 99% with 60% of the grades at A* - B. Our Sixth Form is rated as Outstanding and we have a university entrance rate which is exceptional. In 2018 95% of our students secured a place at their chosen university with many accepted into the most prestigious universities across the UK.

Our vision is to develop teachers who will become the school leaders of the future. By starting your teaching career at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College we would like to think your first year will be just the beginning. We are proud of our Middle Leaders and Senior Leadership Training programmes which will recognise your potential and give you the opportunity to explore careers management. Our relentless quest for excellence includes providing coaching for every member of our teaching staff. Continuing Professional Development is very much central to our philosophy.

(http://www.bthcc.org.uk/teachingschools/schooldirect/)

About the accredited provider

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 rated The University of Manchester as top in the North West for secondary initial teacher training.

Trainees are taught by experts in education who are active in education-related research.

Secondary subjects are taught by specialist tutors with substantial teaching experience. The tutors are in touch with current educational practice and often contribute to research, policy and curriculum developments.

(https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College seeks to ensure that staff are supported with any additional needs which they may wish to disclose. All staff, including staff with additional needs or disability, have an equal opportunity to access relevant support and reasonable adjustments in order to fulfil their role within the college. The fundamental principles – as set out in the college’s mission statement – are reflected in college policies on curriculum, pastoral care, equal opportunity and assessment, recording and reporting.

At Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, we will seek to work in partnership with staff and relevant outside agencies to ensure individual needs are met.

The college adopts the principles, policies and relevant sections of the Equalities Act, 2010.

Contact details

Email
RobertMcGuinness@bthcc.org
Telephone
01619118090
Website
http://www.bthcc.org.uk
Address
Urban Road
Altrincham

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: 1YR
  • Training programme code: 2NJF

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Urban Road, Altrincham WA15 8HT

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