About the course
Business education can be one of the most important subjects students can undertake. Whether you decide to continue with further education, become an employee or start your own business, Business education brings together theory and practical applications to help build success. Business education gives you the opportunity to understand how local, national and international businesses functions, the role it plays in our society, the opportunities it generates, the skills it requires, and the impact it can have on our lives and local and international economies. We are surrounded by real world applications which enrich learning for Business students.
Our Business teacher education provides carefully structured, professional learning opportunities which will enable you to critically and effectively progress in planning, teaching and assessing successful Business education. Together, university teacher educators and excellent classroom practitioners share their enthusiasm and professional knowledge to give you opportunities to focus on how to best engage, enthuse and enlighten your pupils in their understandings.
Building on successful and engaging practice in Business departments, you will be encouraged to take an active role in your own professional learning by developing secure knowledge of the Business curriculum in Key Stages 4 and 5.
University of Sussex
Candidates’ applications will be processed via the university clearing system, UCAS. After an initial screening to check you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will then be read by an expert panel who will invite successful applicants to interview. The interview will take place at the lead school (Knole Academy) or in one of our partnership schools and is likely to include a preliminary interview comprised of:
- A Short 20 Minutes Teaching Session - potential secondary trainees are required to teach a given task and primary trainees can choose an appropriate activity. Tasks can be found on the Resources page.
- Written Tasks - designed to assess the quality of candidates’ written English and their understanding of current issues in education
- Student Interview - a selection of students across the year groups will conduct an informal interview for secondary applicants
- Formal Interview - panel interview with members of the selection panel
- A Brief (10 Minutes) Presentation – this will be on an aspect of your subject which you feel is misunderstood or difficult to teach.
Candidates will be advised of the exact format in advance. There will then be a second interview/meeting with The University of Sussex.
How school placements work
All primary and secondary schools within the consortium are based in West Kent, including the lead school, Knole Academy, and they undergo continuous quality assurance in order to provide rigorous training standards. We currently have seven partner school within the consortium. We have limited availability in each secondary school subject area placements and primary school placements, therefore applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.
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.
We are seeking high-quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career. You will need the following qualifications for entry to the programme:
- A degree, class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification
- GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above and Science at grade C or above if applying for primary school placements
About the training provider
Our school-based School Direct programme is accredited by the University of Sussex and provides trainees with an opportunity to undertake an outstanding and dynamic initial teacher training in a vibrant primary or secondary school environment.
All schools within the consortium, including the lead school, Knole Academy, are based within the west Kent and south east London area and allow trainees to be fully immersed in the daily school routine. Trainees are fully supported during their training through a robust support network of professional and subject mentors based within the placement school and at the University of Sussex.
Some key benefits of undertaking a placement within the consortium include:
- Part-time (over two years) or full-time (over one year) course options available
- A range of subjects are available to teach at the secondary school level
- Numerous primary school teaching placements are available
- A complementary 4 to 6 weeks placement within a partner school provides trainees with a varied training programme
- Applicants can apply for a salaried post and start earning money from the beginning of their training
- Trainees have numerous scholarships, bursaries and funding options available to support them during their training
- Successful trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits
More information can be found by visiting the Kent Oaks Consortium website
About the accredited body
Offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary (ages 5-11) and Secondary (11-16) with specialisms in over eight subjects. For the latter, professional practice is focused on Key Stages 3 and 4.
Committed to high-quality teacher education built upon genuine partnerships, inspired by best classroom practice, and engaged in teaching as an intellectual and ethical vocation. Our goal is to recognise, support and develop a generation of reflective practitioners who are ready, willing and able to improve the life chances of every young person they teach.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All schools within our consortium, including our accrediting body, the University of Sussex, will provide additional learning support to individuals where a need has been identified.
All of our partner schools are wheelchair accessible. If applicants have specific needs we advise them to contact us before submitting their application in order for us to ensure that the highest level of support could be delivered during their teaching placements.
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.
Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3LE
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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