AIM Alliance Schools
Biology (35X2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Middlesex University
Financial support
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.aimallianceschools.org

About the course

As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs. We utilise the resources of the school and our alliance partners to achieve this aim. Whether you are attending your one day per week at University or additional professional sessions within your host school, you will be working towards meeting the national Teaching Standards. Within the school setting, as your confidence and knowledge develops, you will be mentored and guided to work towards managing a trainees teaching timetable by the final term of your course. You will then be prepared to teach a Newly Qualified Teachers timetable the following year. We will fully support you and tailor the programme as much as possible to accommodate your needs. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.

The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University and at your host school. These may include sessions which:

•Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.

•Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist area of the curriculum.

•Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.

You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach effectively.

In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources for your subject and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering the curriculum.

Interview process

The Head of Department at the 'host' school will be interviewing you along with a member of the Senior Management Team. A representative of the University will also be involved along with the Lead Phase Mentor. You will be asked to prepare a lesson or part of a lesson in your subject to deliver to a group of students in order to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people. You will also be asked to sit a brief literacy and numeracy test.

The tests provide a benchmark for the skills you will be required to demonstrate at the end of your course. You will also be asked to bring your certificates and photo identification with you on the day.

One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview may take place with the university.

How school placements work

When you are training with us you will train for the 1st and 3rd term within your 'host' school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term.

Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.

This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then return to your host school to complete your training.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

You will pay £9250 to the university however you may be entitled for a bursary.

Financial support

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.

Maths and English at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)

For GCSEs, an equivalent qualification from Equivalency Testing Ltd is acceptable, but not any other provider.

Personal qualities

Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:

  • excellent communication skills
  • have a desire to teach and make a difference
  • like people and can interact with them appropriately
  • are determined, trustworthy and resilient
  • show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges
  • can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold
  • good time management and organisational skills in order to meet the demands of the profession

Other requirements

You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and a suitability to teach declaration.

About the training provider

Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of 20 schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University and Hertfordshire University.

We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support throughout the year. We are small (a cohort of 25 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our universities to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.

You can find out lots of information from our Aim Alliance Schools website (https://www.aimallianceschools.org).

About the accredited body

We have worked with Middlesex University for over 7 years delivering quality teacher training. We always find the university responsive and supportive with any concerns or issues students have. We are fortunate that the contacts at the University have remained the same for a number of years and therefore we have developed an excellent track record in working closely with them. Our Lead Primary Mentor is the Chair of the School Direct Partnership group.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.

Contact details

Email
a.phillips@londonacademy.org.uk
Telephone
0208 238 1100 x252
Website
http://www.aimallianceschools.org
Address
Spur Road
Edgware
London
HA8 8DE

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: 2FR
  • Training programme code: 35X2

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
AIM North London
34 Turin Road, Edmonton, London N9 8DQ
Yes 3
London Academy
Spur Road, Edgware, London HA8 8DE
Yes A
Mill Hill County High School
Worcester Crescent, Mill Hill, London NW7 4LL
Yes B

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