Chemistry with Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: St Mary's University, Twickenham

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.stbons.org/school-direct-funded/

About the course

The science PGCE course at St Mary’s University offers the opportunity to train to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All trainees offer one science subject area as a specialism and can show evidence of understanding of the other two specialisms for Key Stage 3 level.

Trainees are assessed on their ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, but opportunities for A level teaching are also included in the programme as appropriate.

The Science PGCE course covers all aspects of science teaching and learning, with an emphasis on practical activities for use in school. There is a strong emphasis on investigative science, as well as planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress.

Our experienced science tutors work in close partnership with trainees and the placement schools. We offer an extensive range of government funded subject knowledge enhancement courses that will enable applicants to develop their specialism further or ‘top up’ existing knowledge in preparation for the PGCE course.

You are prepared for teaching in partnership with schools that are formally linked to St Mary's, providing an excellent framework to develop teaching skills.

During your studies you'll be allocated two school placements during the 36-week course. In total, 24 weeks is spent in school to ensure close links between theory and practice throughout.

The course tutors use a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, workshop sessions, collaborative and small-group work, paired work, practical activities, with positive use of technology, individual and group student presentations and some self-supported study.

Master's level assignments complement the work in schools and assist in meeting the Teachers’ Standards. These assignments aim to encourage you to be thoughtful and reflective, but also reinforce the evidence-based nature of the course assessment.

Self-assessment is also recognised as a valuable perspective in the evaluation of both school and university-based work.

Assessment is on-going and against the Teachers’ Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements.

For more information please see: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-science/)

Interview process

On the day you will take part in a brief tour of the campus and an informative lecture about the course and our expectations.

You will also be asked to undertake some short written tasks to show your capability in written English, spelling and grammar. You won't need to prepare for this in advance.

In addition, you'll be assigned a small group with other candidates and asked to prepare a short presentation about a current educational topic. Each group will in turn present their ideas and engage in discussion.

There will also be a personal interview overseen by one or more members of the PGCE team.

Your performance will be assessed by several people - including senior staff from our partner schools - any decisions about acceptance are only made when all assessments are collated and discussed by the course team panel. At St Mary's, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.

Your training is most likely to take place in mixed, state comprehensive school environments. If you are choosing to complete some school observation as part of making an informed decision about teaching then we would encourage you to do so in a similar school setting.

How school placements work

During your studies you'll be allocated two school placements within the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance, which will add breadth to your teaching experience. You will be working in successful departments with experienced mentors.

Our partnership schools offer a rich and diverse training programme for our trainees. We work with partner schools throughout the East London and Essex area. During your placements, you will be guided from working with small groups of pupils alongside a subject teacher towards taking responsibility for whole classes.

Assessments are used to ensure trainees understand and can apply the knowledge. This is done through a range of methods:

Self-assessment

Presentations

Micro-teaching

Essays

Practical sessions

Lesson observations

Assessment is on-going and against the Teachers’ Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements.

For more information please see: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/pgce/overview.aspx)

Fees

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

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 Chemistry 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

Your degree should have a significant proportion of the subject you wish to teach. Subject knowledge enhancement courses may be set as a condition in some cases, particularly when the degree is not clearly ‘in line’ with the subject you are applying to.

GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalent. GCSE equivalents are offered by St Mary's University.

Two appropriate references (from an academic tutor or line manager) supporting your suitability for teaching.

Pass both professional skills tests.

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Physical and mental fitness to teach.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context.

A successful applicant will be highly self-motivated, hardworking and deeply reflective. In addition, applicants should be willing and ready to take on advice and feedback, adapt their teaching to suit different learning styles and work successfully in a professional whole-school environment.

Other requirements

At St Mary's, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.

Your training is most likely to take place in mixed, state comprehensive school environments. If you are choosing to complete some school observation as part of making an informed decision about teaching then we would encourage you to do so in a similar school setting.

About the training provider

Agnus Dei Teaching Schools’ Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn. It provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with St Mary’s University, University of East London, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education (UCL).

The Alliance is a partnership of 15 Catholic secondary schools across South, East, North East London, and Essex, many of whom have achieved an outstanding rating and all of whom have considerable experience of training teachers. Our staff are professional and talented practitioners who regularly share their knowledge, skills and expertise with trainee teachers in their own schools and across the Alliance. Our partnership of secondary schools is led by St Bonaventure’s School and incorporates the following schools:

-Bishop Challenor Catholic Federation

-Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood

-Cardinal Pole, Hackney

-De La Salle, Basildon

-Holy Family, Walthamstow

-New Hall Independent School, Chelmsford

-Notre Dame School, Southwark

-Sacred Heart of Mary, Upminster

-St Angela’s Ursuline School, Forest Gate

-St Benedict’s College, Colchester

-St John’s, Chigwell

-St John Payne, Chelmsford

-St Thomas More, Leigh-on-Sea

-The Campion School, Upminster

-The Palmer Catholic Academy, Seven Kings

-Ursuline Academy, Ilford

Our vision is that staff and students feel valued, experience success and enjoy learning. We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best Catholic school teachers and develop them into the best Catholic school leaders.

Our programme is open to applicants from all faiths, not just Catholics but we expect applicants to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of our partner schools.

About the accredited provider

St Mary’s University is one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. St Mary's University has a long tradition of teacher training since 1850 and about a third of their students are involved in some form of teacher education. The high quality of the St Mary’s Secondary initial teacher training (ITT) provision has been graded as 'outstanding' by Ofsted and they work in close partnership with a wide range of schools in the London area.

(https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/international/why/why.aspx)

Training with disabilities and other needs

UCL:

School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team.

You can find more information here:- (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/disability-support)

Roehampton:

The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.

For more information on support for students please see here:

(https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/)

St. Mary's:

St Mary's aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, including students with additional support requirements.

We offer advice and support to our students who have requirements as a result of a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.

For more information about student support please see here:

(https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)

UEL:

The Disability & Dyslexia Team provides a completely confidential service and any information such as diagnostic reports, medical evidence or DSA Needs Assessments that are received on your behalf will be held confidentially in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy.

For more information on training with disabilities and other needs please go to:

(https://www.uel.ac.uk/undergraduate/studentsupport/disability/arrange-support)

Contact details

Email
agnusdei@stbons.org
Telephone
0208 472 3844
Website
http://www.stbons.org/school-direct-funded/
Address
Boleyn Road
Forest Gate
London

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: 2BD
  • Training programme code: 33NW

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
S St Bonaventure's School Boleyn Road, Forest Gate, London E7 9DQ

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