West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary)
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (2XW5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary's University, Twickenham
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course 2XW5 leads to PGCE (M) QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) as Provider (in partnership with (and accredited by) St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

WLTSA enables you to choose your main host school at application. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy in your host school and they want to keep you at the end of the training, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our other WLTSA secondary schools could also employ you this way and we operate a pool. Further opportunities to develop your career with WLTSA

THE TRAINING

You would attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied through the university; have full access to university facilities and mentors; and the university still awards your PGCE. WLTSA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.

As a guide: 2018-19 block timetable.

Lectures would include teaching, assessing, classroom management and child protection. Subject seminars are led by your university tutor.

At school, through an initial programme of observations, you will become familiar with the workings of the school and department (pupil groups, pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).

You will be treated like a member of teaching staff and with your school mentors, you will feel supported as you become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent experienced teachers who undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills.

Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor visits you to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.

As a trainee Modern Languages teacher you will have the opportunity to teach KS3 French and Spanish, as well as French and Spanish GCSEs. At either your host or second placement school you would have the opportunity to support KS5.

Example of KS3 topics taught: physical appearance and personality; free time activities and fashion; school and future plans; holiday plans. These are taught with a focus on developing vocabulary, grammar and linguistic competence through reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

Interview process

TWO STAGE INTERVIEW

If shortlisted for interview, you would attend a two-stage interview process.

First, a full day university interview including some time for the university registry team to verify various identification documents and qualification certificates. In addition to their panel interview, you may be required to undertake group tasks with other candidates and some subject knowledge testing.

The school interview will take place at your chosen host school usually in the morning, approx. 4 days later.

You will be asked to bring to both interviews, originals of your relevant qualification certificates (most importantly the degree and maths and English GCSE’s or equivalent).

If you are still taking your degree or equivalency tests, that’s fine but if you don’t have access to original certificates of exams already taken (for your degree and maths and English GCSEs in particular) this is something that you should start to resolve now. If you don’t have them in time for the interview, please be assured that we could still make an offer to you but it would be subject to later verification of original certificates and sometimes certified copies can take a couple of months to arrive.

See also the link in the 'Course Requirements’ section below, regarding overseas qualifications.

INTERVIEW DATES

We try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of interviews. Dates already set for the first stage university interviews can be found here.

How school placements work

With WLTSA you select the main host school at application. We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL

The characters and location of our schools are varied. When deciding on your preferred host school, we need you to consider where you might eventually like to work and how accessible it is to where you live.

The schools seeking trainees on this particular course are listed below.

  • Chelsea Academy, SW10
  • Fulham Cross Girls’ School, SW6
  • The Fulham Boys’ School, W14
  • Sacred Heart High School, W6
  • St Benedict’s School, W5

You can read descriptions of each of these schools in our overall WLTSA Secondary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.

Please be aware that we have other WLTSA secondary courses at other schools including a salaried Modern Languages (French & Spanish) option (Course 39LP). You can make three choices overall when you apply.

THE TECHNICAL BIT!

You don’t have to restrict yourself to one school within a course, but each school would count as one application and you get three choices overall in Round 1. Please also be aware that we have so many partner schools that we have been forced to split artificially on UCAS into three provider names. See How to apply & how to choose more than one school on a course.

BE STRATEGIC WHEN YOU APPLY

You can always ring us up to ask how many applications (if any) are being considered by different schools at the point that you are about to apply. We also keep our website up to date so that you can see which schools have already shortlisted and are interviewing.

We commonly interview individually whenever a good application is received.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 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

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French 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 about eligibility for bursaries 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

Subject to eligibility, DfE Bursary of £26,000 (or scholarship £28k) plus early career payment £6,000 & student loan. See full details using the link below:

Funding My Training - A page on the DfE's ‘Get into Teaching’ website

You can take out a student loan (even if you already have an undergraduate loan). Loans for tuition fees are not means tested (whereas loans for maintenance are means tested) but you should confirm this using the link above.

While not provided directly by WLTSA, please be aware that as a full time student you would be eligible for cheaper travel in London using a student oyster card and in many boroughs you can get a reduction on your council tax payments.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Ideally honours undergraduate degree (2.2 or above) with a ‘significant’ proportion of French/Spanish in course content.

*High standard in one language; at least some knowledge of second.

Will consider native speakers with English, linguistics or literature degrees.

  • Five GCSEs at least Grade C (or 4) or the equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics.

Where appropriate, please see our guidance Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.

By the end of course you need to demonstrate proficiency in functional English/numeracy. You may be tested at interview.

Some offers may be made subject to completion of free subject knowledge enhancement course.

Personal qualities

We want you to have passion and enthusiasm. We need trainees who can engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

*committed to championing their students;

*open to learn about children’s physical/social/emotional/cognitive needs and how these can affect behaviour;

*in good health with the ability to cope with stress. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but it also requires an element of resilience!

*professional and committed to equal opportunities;

*able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these.

*have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at yourself.

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is also important. It can help to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state secondary school to strengthen your application but this observation is not a strict requirement in itself. Top tips for getting some observational experience.

Offers are conditional on satisfactory outcome of a Disclosure & Barring Service check (approx. £52) and an occupational health check (approx. £20) both administered through the university after an offer is accepted.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

We are a large alliance of 60 schools: nurseries, primaries, special needs, secondaries, sixth forms; faith and non-faith, maintained schools, independent schools and free schools. We have formal partnership arrangements with three universities.

Most of our schools are in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, but we also have schools in Westminster, Richmond, Twickenham, Ealing, Isleworth, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Southwark.

The central Teaching School Office for WLTSA is based at Sacred Heart High School, in Hammersmith.

OUR APPROACH TO TRAINEE RECRUITMENT

We pride ourselves in the support that we provide potential applicants and in the speed of our shortlisting. We have a detailed website which is a good place to start. We also hold fortnightly information sessions to explain the qualifications; routes into teaching; finance; and how to secure a place!

‘That’s the first time that I have ever properly understood it all. Brilliant!’ Applicant 2018.

The Teaching School Office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

You choose the schools when you apply. If you perform well but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we continue to work with you, recommending you to other WLTSA schools of your choice rather than rejecting you.

We place significant emphasis on getting a good fit between trainee and school because we are all keenly focused on recruitment for qualified teachers in our alliance schools the following year.

Further opportunities to develop your career with WLTSA

About the accredited body

This WLTSA course is accredited by St Mary's University, Twickenham.

In 2000, St Mary’s celebrated 150 years in Education. With just under 4,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary, they are now London’s second largest teacher training course provider and in 2019, St Mary’s Institute of Education was once again awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Course tutors at St Mary’s are all skilful teachers themselves, with many years of experience in schools and higher education. Schools in the Alliance have excellent relationships with the university.

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTSA and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.

You can also find support and information from the university accrediting the course that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY offers advice and support to their students who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. St Mary’s Dyslexia and Disability Co-ordinator (DDC) works closely with the other members of the Student Services team, supporting students in their time at university assisting them to be proactive in their studies as an independent learner. http://www.smuc.ac.uk/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability/

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Disabilities/Support/

UCL:

School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:-

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-support-and-wellbeing

Contact details

Email
adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 748 7600 x290
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/
Address
Sacred Heart High School (WLTSA Teaching School Office)
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

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: 2BV
  • Training programme code: 2XW5

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Chelsea Academy SW10 0AB
Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0AB
Yes C
Fulham Cross Girls' School, SW6 6BP
Munster Road, Fulham SW6 6BP
Yes 3
Sacred Heart High School, W6 7DG
212 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DG
Yes 1
St Benedict's School, W5 2ES
54 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London W5 2ES
Yes B
The Fulham Boys' School, W14 9LY
Mund Street, Gibbs Green, London W14 9LY
Yes F

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