About the course
This course 2XWH leads to PGCE(M)QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.
This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) in partnership with (and accredited by) the UCL (Institute of Education).
WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. Later, if there is a vacancy in your host school and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our other secondary schools could also employ you this way and we operate a pool.
Our aim is to produce exceptional teachers who can remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our ongoing CPD.
Having chosen your host school with WLTSA, you would attend 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.
The Business Education PGCE prepares you to teach across the 14–19 age range, helping you develop the professional skills and attitudes to teach business in schools and colleges, as part of both academic (A level and GCSE) and BTEC courses. You would attend a range of lectures and workshops with other secondary teacher trainees, including those relating to teaching and assessing, classroom management, child protection.
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 staff. 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.
Your university tutor will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your university tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.
You will have the opportunity to teach both KS4 (GCSE) and KS5 and take an active part in extracurricular activities such as organising business trips. Examples of KS4 topics include effective financial management, putting a business idea into practice and marketing.
TWO STAGE INTERVIEW
We consider each application as it comes in, individually. If your application is deemed to be sufficiently good, we would then set up an interview session (usually a morning) at your chosen host school.
If you are successful at the school interview (Stage 1), we refer you on to the university and they will contact you regarding their (Stage 2) interview which takes place at UCL Institute of Education.
At your university interview day you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a self-guided campus tour.
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.
- The Fulham Boys’ School, W14
- Gumley House School, TW7
- Hammersmith Academy, W12
- Sacred Heart High School, W6
All these schools teach GCSE business. At KS5, Sacred Heart, Gumley and Hammersmith Academy teach BTEC Business; Fulham Boys' School teaches A-Level Business. These issues can be discussed further at interview if necessary.
You can read a description of this school 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. 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.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 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
Subject to eligibility, DfE tax free bursary of £9,000 & 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.
- UK Bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) in Business-related subject.
- GCSE at Grade C (or 5) or equivalent in both English Language and Mathematics
Where appropriate, please read our guidance Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.
Offers are conditional on satisfactory DBS check and occupational health check both administered through the university (approx. £157).
By the end of the course you will need to be able to demonstrate proficiency in functional (everyday) English and numeracy. In some interviews you may therefore be tested to assess your current level.
WLTSA complies with UCL’s Business Education requirements.
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.
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 and we recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview but this observation is not a strict requirement in itself. Top tips for getting some observational experience.
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
Our university partner for this programme is UCL Institute of Education (IOE), a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in every criterion across Primary and Secondary education.
Its central location in historic Bloomsbury means that you will be studying in the heart of London. The London Underground station at Russell Square is minutes from the main building and King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations are also close by.
You can view UCL’s online teacher training prospectus here:
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/
School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:-
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:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Gumley House Convent School, TW7 6XF
Gumley House Convent School, St John's Road, Isleworth, London TW7 6XF
Sacred Heart High School, W6 7DG
212 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DG
The Fulham Boys' School, W14 9LY
Mund Street, Gibbs Green, London W14 9LY
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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