Religious Education with Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Accredited provider: The Manchester Metropolitan University

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

About the course

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Religious Education is a demanding curriculum area where pupils reflect on their own beliefs and values and develop critical thinking skills to enable positive action in their communities. Trainees will encounter cultural diversity through visits to places of worship from the six major religions in Manchester and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

We have state-of-the-art teaching facilities at the £139 million Brooks Building in Manchester.

Religious Education is a shortage subject and the opportunities for gaining a first appointment are very good. Many RE teachers become heads of department early in their career, as they are often quite small departments which have considerable autonomy. Since Religious Education includes aspects of pastoral care and cross curricular dimensions, such as Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship which open up the wider aspects of teaching, opportunities for promotion are very good.

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 £16,500

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 - 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

You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Religious Education. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

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

Manchester Metropolitan University has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available.

The School of Teacher Education and Professional Development is proud to have been training teachers and education professionals for over 100 years.

Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

Trainees have access to NQT alumni support in their first year of teaching.

There are close links with their Educational and Social Research Institute

(https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/secondary/train-to-teach/school-led/)

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.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1YR
  • Training programme code: 3BZH

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

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