About the course
This School Direct Secondary programme will prepare trainees in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012) for the award of QTS.
You will attend university training days at Middlesex alongside trainees recruited via other routes. You will carry out academic assignments leading to the award of masters level credits.
The School Direct Secondary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach Biology effectively.
We will help trainees to acquire the skills and expertise to support student’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive environment, provide professional development and ensure that trainees show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.
For further information
The Head of Department at the 'host' school will be interviewing you along with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
You will also be asked to prepare a lesson or part of a lesson in your subject to deliver to a group of students in order to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people.
At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and Maths. If any shortfall is identified, you may be required to complete some additional work to secure the appropriate level of competency before being accepted on the programme. During the programme, your competency in these area.
One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview will take place with the university.
How school placements work
During your training year, you will spend at least 120 days in schools. This includes placements in two secondary schools, your host school that you have stated on your application form and a partner school within the BTSA alliance. The partner school will allow you to experience different approaches to school management and organisation as well as varied teaching and learning styles. You will teach classes across the 11-16 age range and have the opportunity for post 16 enhancement. You will return to University for one day each week for lectures, seminars and workshops with the secondary education team. Each placement provides a sustained teaching experience with a gradual increase in responsibility for planning, teaching and assessment. Within the placements, you will be supported by school-based mentors as well as your University Tutor.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.
Financial support from the training provider
If you’re successful in your application to teach Biology, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary.
As a trainee biology teacher, you could be eligible for a £26,000 bursary if you have a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.r's or PhD.
With or without a bursary or scholarship, you can still access a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help fund your training and cover tuition fees,
We require a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above with at least 50% Biology content supported by a strong A Level (or equivalent)
GCSEs at grade C or 4, or equivalent in English and mathematics
We accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or other appropriately accredited providers if the testing arrangements have been approved by the ITT team at Middlesex. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS.
At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and Maths.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who demonstrate their passion and enthusiasm for teaching and have a desire to share this with young people.
You should be highly motivated, able to adapt and have the resilience to work well under pressure. Ideal candidates will be organised and demonstrate good inter-personal skills.
Trainees should have the ability to reflect critically on their own practice and progress.
All applicants will be expected to have gained some experience in a classroom, ideally prior to interview.
Teacher Training providers have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children at risk of harm. All applicants will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.
If you have lived, worked or travelled in another country for three months or longer in the last ten years, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries.
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About the training provider
If you want an interesting career where you can really make a difference to the lives of young people, train to be a teacher with the Brent Teaching School Alliance.
The Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a strong partnership of primary and secondary schools working with Middlesex University to provide high quality teacher training among our mainly 'outstanding' establishments. Our vision is to train and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers.
We have been successful providers of initial teacher training for many years. The consortium of schools involved have a high level of expertise and strong commitment to delivering excellent quality training. We enable our student teachers to realise their full potential. A high percentage of our students gain full employment within their placement school or within the Alliance, once qualified.
You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management strategies and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
The Brent Teaching School Alliance can provide a broad range of experiences and developmental opportunities within a multi-culturally diverse population, which enriches the experience of teaching within this unique community.
School Direct is a school-led route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school.
About the accredited body
Middlesex has an extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors.
All School Direct(SD) programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used later towards a Masters award. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner.
The programmes are closely aligned to the PGCE routes, meaning you will benefit from a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across disciplines.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The BTSA is fully inclusive.
Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application form so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.
Trainees with a disability or other needs will be offered additional support with reasonable adjustments made to accommodate their individual circumstances.
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Preston Manor School
Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, London HA9 8NA
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