About the course
Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary English teacher.
The programme runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools such as primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.
At the heart of the programme is the notion of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. The course nurtures and develops a reflective approach to teaching and learning, and encourages BSTs (Bath Spa Teachers) to take a critical stance in their work. In subject sessions you will work closely with your fellow English BSTs to explore the debates and traditions of English in education, developing confidence and expertise in the curriculum and subject-specific pedagogy. In addition, you'll be organised in mixed subject groups, positioning you as a BST in the broader context of professional practice. The Professional Studies programme is at the core of the programme, which integrates both University and school partnership training.
The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the role of the teaching professional, with an emphasis on the English practitioner. Expert and experienced tutors will guide your understanding of the wider educational landscape, the breadth of the role of the teacher, the subject, skills and curriculum knowledge associated with English.
A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.
The programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at level 7 (postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 master's level credits to put towards further master's study at the University.
You’ll be asked to attend an interview. This will be structured in groups and will include opportunities to present your interests and experience.
How school placements work
The opportunities and challenges provided by the close partnership between Bath Spa University and schools offer a coherent and exciting training programme.
This programme consists of seamless training both at the University and in school. University sessions involving subject knowledge and pedagogy which links to schools through direct classroom sessions. There are two Assessed Phases in school as well as Professional Studies and Situated Learning.
You will also have the opportunity to experience environments such as primary school and special schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Please note the fees above are for the PGCE in 2019/20. The 2020/21 fees are subject to review by government in January 2020.
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 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.
In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2:2 honours degree or above, with at least 50% English, such as English Language, English Literature, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Theatre or Media Studies. Joint degrees must have a text-based second subject. Together with this, you need a good English A-Level (minimum grade C).
You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics.
You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.
- During your training with us, we will implement, support and assure your competency in Fundamental English and mathematics, as required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- Fitness to train to teach check to ensure you are medically fit to take a teacher training course.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – this is the Government scheme, to enable the identification of people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information visit:
About the training provider
Bath Spa University has a long and successful tradition of Initial Teacher Education dating back over 70 years. Newton Park campus was opened as Bath Teacher Training College in the 1940s, and the University, in partnership with local schools, is now the largest provider of teacher education in the area, extending across all counties in the South West and beyond.
The Bath Spa University Partnership we will provide you with challenging and highly effective training and support that will impact on your progress throughout your training year, and into your early careers as teachers. You will train in exciting, innovative and challenging schools and learn first-hand from experienced classroom teachers. We will ensure that the quality of the curriculum you experience will ensure you are worthy of employment within our partnership schools and beyond.
Our belief that all children deserve the very best teachers was important to our Partnership in those early days, and is still central to our practice today. We believe that education plays a key role in promoting social justice and reducing social inequalities, and that well qualified and highly skilled teachers, make a difference to the lives and futures of the learners they teach.
Bath Spa University has been awarded a Grade 1 'outstanding' for its Primary and Secondary ITE programmes by the quality regulator Ofsted, which is the highest grade that can be given.
Training with us, will ensure you become the very best teachers that all children and young people deserve.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Student Wellbeing Services
Questions about mental health, money or wellbeing? We provide professional advice and guidance, to help you make the most of your studies and university life.
Disability and Accessibility
All students should have an equal opportunity to experience university. We provide confidential information, guidance, and practical support to students with a disability or specific learning difference.
Mental health and wellbeing
Mental Health Practitioners are available to speak with applicants and current students about your situation and explore options. You can get help liaising with external services and access short term counselling at Bath Spa.
We give students practical advice on managing money, financial entitlement and sourcing additional income. Our aim is to enable you to take control of your finances.
Further information can be found on our website, https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/students/student-wellbeing-services/
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Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN
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