Macmillan Academy Teaching School
Biology (G133)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John 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.macmillanteachingschool.org.uk

About the course

Macmillan Academy Teaching School and York St John University work in partnership to deliver high quality teacher education and training which leads to a PGCE qualification with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Our school-centred (School Direct) PGCE secondary programme is a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the programme.

The programme delivers contemporary and highly relevant education and training which provides excellent opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues. You will have the opportunity to teach a generic science course at Key Stage 3 and then specialise in biology teaching at Key Stage 4 and 5. You will be equipped to become an outstanding teacher and leader with strong subject knowledge and a clear professional identity. You will be supported by experts in both university and schools to ensure that you have opportunities to learn about current classroom practice and develop deep subject pedagogy. The programme combines school experience with taught sessions on subject knowledge and pedagogy which occur at university and also in partnership schools. Two academic assignments will need to be passed so you meet the programme aims and gain the PGCE award. These modules will underpin your own rigorous understanding of pedagogy and will provide you with 60 Masters level credits, which you may wish to use towards a full Masters qualification in the future.

The programme ensures that you fulfil the requirements of the current Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. The programme encourages you to engage critically with educational issues to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the diverse needs of pupils in secondary schools. This is achieved through a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies, including active learning and enquiry-based learning, which is considered essential in both modelling effective learning and teaching practice.

Interview process

The recruitment process is rigorous and thorough. It is designed to enable Macmillan Academy Teaching School and York St John University to assess the suitability of candidates for training and to appoint the best candidates for the places available.

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process and includes:

• Your personal statement

• References

• Detailed breakdown of degree content

• Details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications

• Completion of a practical task at interview

• Overall performance at interview

Interview days take place in one of our partnership schools. Typical activities include a short teaching activity and an individual interview with a panel made up of Macmillan Academy Teaching School teaching school staff and university staff. Candidates may also have an interview with a pupil panel and take part in a group activity and literacy-based task.

Places on the programme are limited and recruitment takes place regularly during the year. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place. Once the number of offered places meets the agreed programme numbers, the programme will be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.

How school placements work

The Macmillan Academy Teaching School PGCE School Direct programme is a full time programme studied within one academic year (September - June) and covers the 11- 16 age phase with 16-19 enhancement. You will be based within one school for the majority of your training where you will complete two placements. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement in a different partnership school, either in the autumn or spring term. During these three placements, you will observe teaching, work collaboratively with experienced staff and gradually increase the percentage of your independent teaching. Induction is a key part of the programme and each placement as we feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start. You will attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,750

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

GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4

GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4

GCSE in Science (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 (for those student teachers undertaking the Secondary PGCE in sciences)

A first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent

The first degree should be specific to the subject-based PGCE you are applying for. In some circumstances candidates without a subject specialist degree may be considered if, for example, you can provide evidence of strong subject knowledge, and have at least an A level in the subject.

Personal qualities

We welcome applicants who are passionate about their subject and inspiring students to learn and develop key skills needed in our modern world. We have an excellent track record of achievement in terms of successful completion rates and retention in teaching. We believe that in order to thrive in initial teacher training trainees must be enthusiastic, reflective, organised, able to work independently and as part of a team and have excellent communication skills. They must also demonstrate a genuine interest in both education and securing the best outcomes (academic and pastoral) for their students no matter their background or ability.

Other requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Entrants to the programme must undertake an enhanced DBS criminal records check.

Medical Questionnaire

All entrants are expected to complete a medical questionnaire in order to assess your fitness to teach. Medical questionnaires will be forwarded to successful interviewees.

About the training provider

Macmillan Academy Teaching School is based in an 11-18 secondary academy situated in Middlesbrough. It is part of a multi-academy trust called Endeavour Academies. Our alliance partners are from primary, secondary, independent and higher education institutes and we have a proven track record of working with ITTs across all alliance partners. We pride ourselves in providing our students with a whole education ensuring that they have academic success and a variety of opportunities to enrich their learning experience linked to sports, arts, culture, community and the wider world that we live in.

Macmillan Academy Teaching School welcome applicants who are passionate about their chosen subject and inspiring students to learn and develop key skills needed in our modern world. We will provide bespoke support and training for trainees to enable them to embark on their journey to become the most successful classroom practitioners possible. We have worked for many years with trainees from all subjects and have an excellent track record of achievement in terms of successful completion rates and retention in teaching. We believe that in order to thrive in initial teacher training trainees must be enthusiastic, reflective, organised, be able to work independently and as part of a team and have excellent communication skills. They must also demonstrate a genuine interest in both education and securing the best outcomes (academic and pastoral) for their students no matter their background or ability.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Macmillan Academy Teaching School is an inclusive establishment and has a range of support services for students and teachers with disabilities and other needs. We work in close partnership with York St John University who have a dedicated Disability Advice Team and whose PGCE programmes have a strong track record of supporting all students to enable them to complete their studies successfully.

Contact details

Email
a.naylor@macademy.org.uk
Telephone
01642800800
Website
http://www.macmillanteachingschool.org.uk
Address
STOCKTON ROAD
MIDDLESBROUGH
TS5 4AG

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: 3K9
  • Training programme code: G133

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
MACMILLAN ACADEMY
STOCKTON ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH, Cleveland TS5 4AG
Yes A

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