About the course
The School Direct training route will prepare you to teach Biology to students aged 11 to 18. You will spend most of your time in the base school but will also have the opportunity to complete a second placement for 6 weeks at a complementary school within our teaching alliance. You will spend 4 days a week in school and one day at Warwick University. You should consider this course if you have a passion for the subject and would like to contribute to young people's development by supporting them to acquire a knowledge base for life long skills in science.
At Warwick University there will be a set amount of PGCE assignments to complete across the course. Within our school, you will receive specialised support from a subject mentor and a professional mentor. You will have regular mentor meetings to review your progress and reflect on how your teaching is developing. We aim to produce teachers who are outstanding in their practice, self reflective and engage in action research to support their further development. At Warwick University you will be taught by teams of highly experienced practitioners who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.
Interviews will be held with the Head of the Teaching School, the Head of Department and a member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for Teaching and Learning at each of our partner schools.
The interview process will involve a micro-teach activity (20 minutes), a formal interview, a numeracy and literacy activity and time within departments to meet the team and Head of Department to ask any specific questions relating to curriculum/specifications. You will also be given a tour of the school where the interview is held.
How school placements work
We partner with 5 different Secondary schools within our alliance. You may be placed at any one of these schools for a School Direct Training place, where they have indicated they have specialised subject support. You will be based in one school for the majority of your year with an additional complementary placement for 6 weeks in another school. You will teach across the 11 to 18 age range in your placements.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The fee for a School Direct Training place is paid directly to Warwick University by the applicant.
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.
2:2 UK Honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in stated subject.
English Language and Mathematics UK GCSE C+ (or equivalent)
We are looking for applicants who have a genuine passion for working with young people and supporting their development on both academic and personal levels.
About the training provider
Southam College is the lead school for the recently established ‘Southam Teaching Alliance’, based in Coventry and Warwickshire. We work closely as an alliance of secondary and primary schools with the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester as our HE partners. Southam College is an 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1643 students on roll, 298 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed.
Our last Ofsted report (March 2014) graded the school as outstanding, building upon the outstanding report of 2011. We have used this accolade to spur us on to reaching even higher standards in everything that we do. This is inclusive of raising student achievement, providing a wider range of memorable experience and developing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, we have continued to improve our facilities with the building of a new Science block and state of the art Music block.
Southam College was in the top 10% of schools nationally for Grade 9-4 GCSE results in 2018. 100% of our Sixth Form students gained A*-E in 2018.
There is a strong, supportive mentoring network at Southam College to support initial teacher training. We invest in our trainees from day 1 and seek to provide them with a sustained career in teaching.
About the accredited body
The University of Warwick is an 'Outstanding' provider of teacher training (Ofsted) with over 50 years of experience. They are part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning. The Centre for Teacher Education works with over 300 schools in eight different Local Education Authorities to deliver high quality training.
Training with disabilities and other needs
To support candidates with disabilities and other needs we assess how we can help on an individual basis. Southam College is an equal opportunities employer and we will seek to support trainees with additional needs wherever possible.
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Welsh Road West, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 0JW
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