About the course
The course consists of 35 weeks of school centred training from the beginning of September to the end of June in two contrasting schools. Four days a week will be spent in classrooms under the guidance of a Curriculum Mentor who will support and train you to be a highly effective teacher. They will model exemplary practice in planning teaching and assessment to prepare you to be the best teacher you can be.You will also be supported by an Academic Mentor in school who will support your subject knowledge, a Professional Mentor in School to oversee the programme and a University Mentor to support your PGCE studies.
You will be assessed through observations with your school mentors and feedback will be through regular weekly meetings leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the year.
You will also study for a PGCE completing 2 assignments under the guidance of Liverpool John Moores University. You will attend LJMU for one Induction Day and then complete 5 days of further PGCE studies at Endeavour Learning Trust (our SCITT).
If your application is successful you will be invited for interview. There will be a short unseen written task to review your grammar, spelling and punctuation and your ability to articulate your points clearly.
We will also ask you to deliver a 20 minutes session to a class of KS3 pupils on a pre-prepared topic related to the subject you wish to teach. This will be observed by some members of the interview panel and will establish your confidence, enthusiasm and communication skills. We will be looking at your personal, interpersonal and communication skills throughout the interview process.
Finally, there will be a formal interview which will draw on the tasks performed during your time spent with us. This will be an opportunity for us to talk further and to discuss your subject knowledge, reflection on any experience you have had in a secondary school, your knowledge of current secondary education issues and your commitment to a career in teaching amongst other things.
How school placements work
During your training you will complete placements at two contrasting secondary schools. These placements will be within TCAT schools, all of which are within a 5 mile radius in Warrington. These schools are selected to suit your particular training needs and interests to give you the best possible support for your learning.
At the end of your first school placement, if you have successfully met all teaching standards, there will be an opportunity to request a placement at Priestley Sixth Form College which will allow you to include an extended period working with KS5 students
You will also complete 2 weeks of enrichment visits when you will gain experience of our TCAT Primary Schools, our Designated Provisions and Priestley Sixth Form College as well as gaining an insight into EAL.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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 Geography 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.
We normally require a 2(ii) degree or above in a relevant subject together with an A level grade B or above (or standard equivalent) in your chosen teaching subject. Candidates without a degree in the subject, who can demonstrate that their degree has significant modules of the subject, may also be considered. Likewise, candidates who have worked in the subject area may also be considered. GCSE grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics are also required. In addition, you will be required to pass the Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths.
We are looking for high calibre students with a passion for teaching. You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with young people. You must be flexible, independent, resilient and have the ability to show initiative.
Before starting their training, all trainees will be required to undergo an enhanced criminal record check (DBS) and an on-line health check. All candidates will also have to produce GCSE, A level and Degree certificates in support of their application.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Broomfields Road, Appleton, Warrington WA4 3AE
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