Computing with West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary) Accredited provider: Roehampton University

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.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course 36B7 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) the University of Roehampton.

WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy in your host school and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for 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 then remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our on-going CPD.

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.

The university is at the forefront of computing education, with staff contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national/international level.

The programme includes practical activities, independent study, group work and academic input. Written assignments allow you to pursue your own professional interests from a foundation of core pedagogic subject knowledge.

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.

You will have the opportunity to teach KS3-5. KS3 focusses on digital literacy, computer science and information technology. At KS4 lessons include a focus on the use of algorithms in computer programs as well as developing students’ knowledge of current and emerging technologies. KS5 explores the theory of computation and the fundamentals of data representation and computer systems.

Interview process

ONE 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. The university would join us for this interview and so there is no second stage.

We try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of interviews.

The interview session would include a tour of the school; WLTSA literacy/numeracy tests; a classroom exercise and panel interview.

The WLTSA literacy and numeracy tests are quite separate to the DfE Skills tests referred to in the entry requirements below. Usually candidates have not taken the DfE skills tests when they come to interview and our own (very short) tests help us identify those who may need to do more practice papers ahead of the skills tests and those who are unlikely to pass them.

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.

  • Drayton Manor High School, W7
  • Fulham Cross Girls’ School, SW6
  • Fulham Boys’ School, W14
  • The Rise School, TW13
  • Sacred Heart High School, W6

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.

For The Rise School, experience of children with special needs would be a significant advantage.

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.

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 Computing 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.

Financial support from the training provider

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

  • A computer related degree at class 2.2 or above.

We welcome graduates from a range of backgrounds e.g. those with digital making skills, industry experience, practical experience of software development or a degree in computer science. Some offer may be made subject to completion of a subject knowledge enhancement programme.

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

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 Disclosure & Barring Service check (approx.£52) and occupational health check (approx. £20) both administered through the university after an offer is accepted.

For The Rise School, experience of children with special needs would be a significant advantage.

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; Ealing, 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 provider

This WLTSA course is accredited by University of Roehampton, who have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. Many members of staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of our provision; tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors.

The university experience is enhanced by its beautiful campus - unique in being both close to central London and set in parkland with grand, historic buildings and lakes side by side with newly built modern facilities.

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 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

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: 36B7

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
3 Fulham Cross Girls' School Munster Road, Fulham SW6 6BP
1 Sacred Heart High School 212 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DG
R The Rise School Browells Lane, Feltham, Middlesex TW13 7EF
D Drayton Manor High School Drayton Bridge Road, London W7 1EU
F The Fulham Boys' School Mund Street, Gibbs Green, London W14 9LY

Advice and support

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