About the course
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.
School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Chemistry PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school within the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance.
This programme has been designed to enable all candidates to demonstrate that they have met the standards across Key Stages 3 and 4 (11–16 age range).
Students will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, and we will guide and support them in developing their subject knowledge. We expect students to engage with reading and research in science education and to regularly reflect upon their own progress.
This programme will cover health and safety, management of teaching and learning in laboratories and outdoors, the use of ICT, facilitating small group discussion, meeting pupils' special needs, and assessment. Our facilities include a suite of laboratories and a micro-computing laboratory.
Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE).
For more information about the School Direct Chemistry Course please see: (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training/chemistry-school-direct-pgce)
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Interviews are carried out by UCL in conjunction with St. Bonaventure's School.
UCL carries out second interviews on the Tuition Fee Secondary route.
How school placements work
You will spend two-thirds of your time (120 days) in schools, working with Science mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have an excellent choice of schools within our alliance, with some outstanding mentors and strong Science departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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.
UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Maths (for Secondary programmes) plus Science (for Primary programmes) at grade C/5 or above. UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from (www.equivalencytesting.com)
All successful applicants are required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme. Where possible candidates should have at least booked their skills tests before making an application for this programme.
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.
We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.
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 body
UCL Institute of Education is the world’s leading centre for research and teaching in education and related social sciences. You can view UCL’s online teacher training prospectus is here:-
Training with disabilities and other needs
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)
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:
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:
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.
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