About the course
We believe that the most effective path to becoming an outstanding teacher is a gradual one, filled with support and opportunities to put what you’ve learnt into practice in stages. That’s why we’ve designed our PGCE Secondary courses in three main stages, each consisting of University-based and school-based training blocks.
Stage one – Introduction to teaching
You’ll spend your first five weeks at University, with several days in your placement school, taking part in seminars and workshops that prepare you for your school-based training by focusing on two main elements:
Professional Learning and Teaching for 21st Century teachers
You’ll learn research-informed techniques and strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your training placements. These strategies will help develop your understanding of teaching and learning, the secondary curriculum and educational policy.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
In these sessions, our subject teacher experts will give you a good understanding of what it means to teach Chemistry. You’ll study the school curriculum, and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll also learn how to plan sequences of learning that address your pupils’ needs so that you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
After you’ve completed your first five weeks, you’ll start your first placement which will last for eight weeks.
Stage two – Developing your knowledge
Your University-based training will comprise the same elements as stage one, but you’ll focus on building on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block. You’ll spend one week at university.
Before your second placement, you’ll again spend time in a school for one week to observe and familiarise yourself with the routine and teaching practice.
During your second placement, you’ll spend a minimum of eight weeks in a new school, teaching more lessons and ensuring that you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
Having developed and applied your subject and curriculum knowledge, you’ll spend several days at university during your placement, consolidating your practice and completing activities that will prepare for your teaching career. We also run a one-week conference for all trainees.
You’ll stay in the same school for a further ten weeks, teaching more classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, as well as the chance to observe and sometimes teach at Key Stage 5.
If you’ve applied for a University-led PGCE, you will be notified through UCAS Track if you’ve been invited to an Interview Day.
You’ll have an individual interview with a member of staff, which will vary depending on the course you’ve applied for.
If you’re invited to an interview through our University-led route, you’ll receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully.
How school placements work
Our School Partnerships Office will source your placements, taking into account your passions, preferences and personal circumstances. You’ll be allocated a subject tutor, who will work with you to ensure you’re ready to go into school.
After you’ve completed your first five weeks of University-based training, you’ll start your first eight-week placement. This will give you the chance to put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment. You’ll work closely with your school-based subject mentor.
In January, you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement - split across stages two and three, from January until June - gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school and with pupils you will get to know really well. This offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.
During your second placement, you’ll spend at least ten weeks in a new school teaching more lessons, ensuring that you’re teaching classes from Key Stages 3 and 4. You’ll become a more independent practitioner.
You’ll stay in the same school for a further ten weeks, teaching more classes from Key Stages 3 and 4, and have the chance to observe and teach at Key Stage 5. Having extended experience in the same placement means you’ll be able to develop your practice well, and show that you’re having a positive impact on your pupils. At the end of this placement you’ll present evidence on this impact, which will inform your final grade.
Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress against the Teachers’ standards. You’ll also have a subject and link tutor at Leeds Trinity, who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2017–18. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.
UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.
English and EU students can apply and find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
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 Chemistry 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.
- An honours degree with a significant proportion in Chemistry
- GCSE Grade C (or 4) English and Mathematics
We’re committed to training outstanding teachers that will make a huge difference to the lives of those they teach. As such, we also for candidates that have:
- The personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools.
- The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a secondary teacher.
- The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
At Leeds Trinity, we treat every applicant on their own merits and value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. Strong applicants also have experience in secondary schools.
About the training provider
Leeds Trinity University has been synonymous with high quality teacher training since 1966, when we were founded as a Catholic teacher training college.
Over the years, we’ve diversified and expanded to become one of the UK’s top 15 universities for teaching quality and student experience*, but an unwavering commitment to outstanding teacher training has remained at the heart of what we do.
Recognising that people begin PGCE courses with different levels of experience and skills, we train you in three stages to build your confidence and capability with a mix of research-informed practice, at least 24 weeks’ school-based training and plenty of one-to-one support.
We work with over 600 schools – from small rural schools to large, inner-city high schools. We work with ‘Outstanding’ schools leading innovations in education, as well as schools that may have difficulties in reaching outcome targets at the end of key stages. When you train with Leeds Trinity, you’ll experience best practice in school improvement, whichever school you train in.
You’ll work with expert school mentors while on placement and receive help, advice and support from University-based link tutors. This combination means you’ll get specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content, and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development.
After you graduate, we’ll support you throughout the early stages of your career with an NQT programme that includes CPD, an active online community and an annual conference.
*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
Training with disabilities and other needs
We’re committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education. If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:
- Specific learning difficulties
- Asperger syndrome/autism
- Visual/hearing impairments
- Physical and mobility restrictions
- Long-term medical conditions
- A mental health condition.
If you register with our Disability Service, a member of the team will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. The support within this plan could include exam adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.
With your permission, they’ll share this plan with your University-based personal tutor so that they know how to best support you during your University-based training. They can also share this plan with the School Partnerships team, who are able to inform the host schools for your placements so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.
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.
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Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, LEEDS LS18 5HD
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