Eastwood Park Academy Trust
Physics (372Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Essex Teacher Training
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.eastwoodacademy.co.uk/index.php/the-academy/partnerships/initial-teacher-training

About the course

A one year, full-time, school based route. Trainees will achieve QTS and be enrolled on a Masters Programme with the University of Derby for the award of PGCE. Training is majority school-based with some centre-based training. Training occurs at various locations across Essex so we take into account your home address to try to keep travelling time to a minimum. You will receive training on the general aspects of successful teaching and training around teaching your specific subject in secondary.

In school you will work closely with a subject specific mentor and the ITT co-ordinator, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have an external tutor who works for Essex Teacher Training, who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.

The PGCE is delivered locally in Essex by the University of Derby and comprises 3 assignments, which are spread across the course of the year.

Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from Essex Teacher Training, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.

Assessment is via observations of you teaching, reflective pieces of writing and specific tasks relating to the different Teachers' Standards.

The Eastwood Academy, the lead school in the EPAT obtained outstanding results in 2018 from both an attainment and progress perspective and the best in the Academy's history.

  • headline figures include:

95% 9-4 in Mathematics.

89% 9-4 in English.

88% 9-4 in English and Mathematics.

EBacc APS of 4.76.

Attainment 8 (A8) of 53.96.

Progress 8 (P8) of +0.74.

Interview process

Your interview will be conducted across three phases:

Phase 1 - Interview and presentation

Phase 2 - second interview in your potential placement school

Phase 3 - lesson observation

How school placements work

Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year. Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training on the 5th day.

The programme covers the secondary age range 11-16. You will be required to teach at both KS3 and KS4 and will have the opportunity to teach KS5 but it is not a requirement.

Successful applicants will be placed in one of our partner schools.

Secondary:

The Eastwood Academy

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,150
EU students £9,150

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 Physics 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

A first degree at classification 2:2 or above. A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at Level 6 of QCF. If your degree is from a non-UK university you will need to approach NARIC to gain an equivalence certificate.

GCSE Qualifications

GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 in English and maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high quality graduates with a passion for learning who are committed to transforming the lives of young people through education.

About the training provider

Eastwood Park Academy Trust (EPAT)

The Eastwood Academy is an 'Outstanding' Secondary School - the Lead School in The Eastwood Park Academy Trust (EPAT). In conjunction with Essex Teacher Training, we provide trainee teacher positions across a local network of schools in the Southend area.

The following schools work within our partnership:

The Eastwood Academy - Secondary School

Bournemouth Park - Primary School

Leigh North Primary - Primary School

Kingsdown Primary - Primary School

Thorpedene Primary - Primary School

About the accredited body

Essex Teacher Training is a large provider of ITT in the Eastern Region, offering a variety of different routes to QTS. Working with in excess of 80 schools in Essex and neighbouring counties, they provide excellent opportunities in primary, secondary and special schools. With excellent employment rates and over 95% of trainees finishing the programmes, each year, as good or outstanding, headteachers comment that trainees are well prepared for their NQT year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Eastwood Park are a supportive, cohesive partnership that provide bespoke support for candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Contact details

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: 2G1
  • Training programme code: 372Q

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
Main Site
Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 5UU
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