Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College
Physical Education (E474)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
Financial support
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.bthcc.org.uk

About the course

You’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and spend at least 120 days on placements in schools across Greater Manchester.

At University, you’ll mainly study with the trainees in your PE group. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver lessons through interactive, hands-on workshops.

Although you’ll mostly learn with your group, you’ll attend Critical Skills lectures and workshops once a week in mixed groups with students from other subject areas.

These sessions help you to develop skills outside of your subject knowledge. Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).

You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.

When you go for interviews for your first teaching post, you’ll be expected to present a portfolio of your work alongside your interview. To make sure your portfolio is ready for interviews, you’ll work on it from December. This gives you time to make sure that you have all of the pieces of work that you’d like to showcase to schools.

You’ll go on your first block placement in late September, where you’ll put the skills you’ve learnt at University into practice and build your confidence in the classroom.

You’ll be involved in all aspects of teaching, from marking work to delivering lessons to helping with parents’ evenings.

When you’re on placement, you’ll have a school mentor (often the class teacher) to help you with day-to-day matters, and receive regular visits from your personal tutor and visiting tutor.

In the spring term, you’ll complete a short placement in a primary school. This experience helps to broaden your knowledge of teaching methods and develop your teaching skills.

Units on this course may include:

Subject Pedagogy

Critical Studies

Reflection on Professional Development

Practice Credit Unit – Placement Block A

Practice Credit Unit – Placement Block B

Interview process

BTHCC is the Lead School in the partnership and will be coordinating 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

Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant training. You will be given the opportunity to spend much of your time developing and practising your teaching skills with high quality school placements from across our Teaching Schools Alliance.

You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by Alliance Schools Higher Education providers. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and will be assigned a school-based Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a University-based Tutor.

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.

We have another 5 schools in our alliance so you could be placed in any of these - more details of our alliance schools are on our website:

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

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,500

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. 2:2 or above, or equivalent which supports the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for physical 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.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.

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

Aptitude test requirement

The Government is replacing the professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees' fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.

Relevant work experience

We recommend that you spend at least two days observing in a UK state secondary school prior to attending an interview.

References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching

A personal statement

About the training provider

Our expanding and oversubscribed school has 1500 pupils from 11-18 years of age including 166 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 2019 GCSE results are excellent with 78% achieving a Grade 4 (C) or above in both English and Mathematics, results which are well above the national average.

We are very proud of our Sixth Form students who in 2019 achieved an overall pass rate of 99% with 59% of the grades at A* - B. Our Sixth Form is rated as Outstanding and we have a university entrance rate which is exceptional. In 2019, 99% of our students secured a place at their chosen university with 32% into Russell Group/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 body

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
Cheshire
WA15 8HT

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: E474

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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Urban Road, Altrincham WA15 8HT
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