About the course
This course will prepare you to teach effectively at KS3 and KS4 (11-16), specialising in your subject area. During your PGCE, you will get to grips with up-to-date thinking and the latest research in teaching and learning. You'll benefit from our expertise as a leading centre for curriculum development, professional training and research.
Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work collaboratively, sharing your experience, knowledge and technical expertise. Activities emphasise teamwork and require you to share the responsibility for your learning.
Throughout the course, you will be guided by mentors in your placement schools and supported by your university tutors.
School experience forms the backbone of the PGCE course and a large proportion of the training year is spent in placement schools. Trainees will complete a two-week primary school placement at the start of the course, a two-day per week placement in the first term, plus two four week teaching placement blocks in their first placement school and a nine week block teaching placement in a second school.
Trainees complete three Masters-level written assignments (one per term) during the PGCE course on themes such as lesson observation and teaching evaluation. This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits (each module is worth 20 credits), which you can put towards a Masters degree through accreditation for prior credited learning (APCL). The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required Teachers' Standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves. Assessment is continuous, across all aspects of the course.
Our secondary PGCE programmes prepare trainees to teach across the 11-16 age range. As part of the Post-16 Enhancement we offer trainees a range of experiences to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching at Post 16.
In its most recent evaluation, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) awarded our PGCE programme a Grade 2: Good.
All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection process.
The selection process comprises of a range of activities including:
- a briefing on the course structure
- a short presentation regarding how you would use an item or artefact to enhance learning in a secondary classroom
- a written task to test your subject knowledge
- an individual panel interview
You will be interviewed by members of the PGCE team from the University and colleagues from partner organisations (e.g. current and former teachers, local authority partners, etc.) Full details of the selection arrangements will be supplied to all candidates invited to interview.
How school placements work
Over the course of the year you will undertake two school placements. These offer opportunities to learn from experienced teachers and hone your professional skills. You'll spend time observing and supporting lessons, before moving on to teach lessons by yourself, building up to a 50% teaching timetable by the end of your first placement.
In your second placement you'll take responsibility for teaching classes, supervised by an experienced teacher. You'll gain experience teaching students of different ages and abilities, helping with assessment, coursework and examinations, as well as parents' evenings and school outings.
Over your two placements you'll have opportunities to observe, plan, teach and assess pupils at a wide range of attainment in Key Stage 3 and 4. You'll also get some experience teaching at post-16 level.
You'll be expected to get involved in wider school life by, for example, working as a form tutor, taking part in meetings, contributing to extracurricular activities and communicating with parents and carers.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Course fees for 2019/20 can be found at: https://www.york.ac.uk/students/finance/
An honours degree in Biology (or a related subject such as Biomedical Sciences) at 2:2 or above. We also accept combined honours degrees where Biology (or a related subject) makes up at least 50% of the award.
All trainees entering the course must have obtained GCSE at Grade C/ level 4 or higher or an equivalent qualification in English Language and Mathematics.
Overseas qualification equivalencies will be checked against NARIC comparability standards.
During our recruitment of PGCE candidates, we are looking for applicants who demonstrate a genuine passion for entering the teaching profession, an awareness of current education issues and enthusiasm for their subject. We are also looking for people who have excellent communication skills (spoken and written) and who are organised, reflective and adaptable.
In addition to the academic entry requirements, all PGCE candidates will be required to:
- successfully complete the statutory Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy
- obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks for any countries where 6 months or more have been spent in the last five years)
- complete an occupational health check
- meet the Department of Education's English Language requirements (international students only)
We may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of your offer.
About the training provider
All Saints is a successful, popular, high achieving and happy school located in the heart of the historic City of York, our split site school offers excellence in education. Steeped in history, we are immensely proud that our school is unique in its learning environment, its people and its ethos.
All Saints is recognised by Ofsted as "Outstanding" status. We are a designated Teaching School and National Support School. Our GCSE results are in the top 25% of UK schools and our thriving Sixth Form’s results are in the top 10%. We are proud to be Lead School in our Teaching School Alliance, working in partnership with partner schools and the University of York.
We offer high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession. As a trainee teacher with us, you will have access to specialist training and the school and classroom experience to equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to become an excellent teacher.
If you would like further information and support, including arranging a School Experience Visit please contact one of our team who will be pleased to help you.
About the accredited body
Training with All Saints and the University of York means you'll graduate with more than a qualification.
You'll be immersed in knowledge and opportunities enabling you to grow and succeed. Learning is based on evidence based research. You’ll be encouraged to think differently and benefit from outstanding teaching and learning outcomes (Gold Teaching Excellence Framework Award).
The PGCE programme is delivered by a friendly team of tutors, passionate about both their subject areas and teaching. We pride ourselves on the supportive and approachable learning environment we provide to our teacher trainees and the positive feedback received about students' learning experience.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of York actively promotes inclusivity and we have a dedicated team who can advise and support students with a disability or long-term health condition. If you disclose any individual requirements to us, we will do our utmost to ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made so you can feel supported and able to fully engage with your PGCE course.
Examples of how we can offer support include:
- working with you to find suitable school placements
- ensuring that you have a 'Student Support Plan' in place, if necessary, which will include any assessment requirements you may have (e.g. extra time in examinations)
- providing learning materials and resources in accessible formats
- signposting to specialist colleagues who can advise about funding support for students with a disability
The Department of Education is an open and friendly department and we provide support to all students studying with us. If you have any queries or concerns about accessibility before you start the programme or when enrolled, we encourage you to get in contact and we will be happy to assist you.
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