Biology with Mid Essex Initial Teacher Training

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.midessexteachertraining.com

About the course

Our training model allows four days per week in schools and a weekly training day each Thursday. This training day is split between General Professional Studies (GPS) in the morning at the Braintree Arts Theatre and Subject Professional Studies (SPS) in the afternoon at one of our partnership schools. This ongoing training model allows you to explore something in theory and then try it out in practice the very next day.

You will have a main placement school which allows you to settle in fully into your department and become part of the teaching team. Pupils see you as their teacher and you gain a real insight into life in a school. A shorter, second placement in a different school (in February/March) then allows you to try ideas out and see another way of working. You will also have the opportunity to visit a primary school, a school for children with special educational needs and a school in challenging circumstances.

Trainees undertaking the ProfGCE will attend further training in the form of six Academic Days which will give you guidance on academic research and writing. You will also be able to access the online library of the University of Greenwich.

Interview process

Mid Essex ITT will co-ordinate the recruitment process and it will involve a full day spent at our central offices at Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form. It will include a critique of a lesson, a short written test for literacy and participation in a group discussion. You will be expected to do a short presentation in front of a small group of Year 8 students and will be interviewed by staff from Mid Essex ITT and our consortium schools. Not only is the day an excellent opportunity for you to show us your passion and relevant skills, it is a chance for you to meet the Mid Essex team and find out more about our course.

If you are applying for the salaried route, you will also need to attend a further interview with a placement school before being offered a place on the course.

How school placements work

Mid Essex ITT works with over 20 schools across Essex, many of which have been working with us for almost 25 years. You will have the opportunity to work at two of these schools.

We aim to place you in a school which best suits your requirements. At your interview and assessment day, you will be asked to complete a form detailing which of our schools you would be placed at and we will try our best to place you at one of your choices. Early applicants will find it easier to be placed at one of their top choices so we do recommend applying as early as possible if you are interested in training in certain schools.

Our schools offer a range of experiences covering 11-16 or 11-18 with mixed and single gender teaching across the partnership.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

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 - 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • a degree at classification 2:2 or above
  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in Maths
  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English
  • pass the Professional Skills Test for Numeracy
  • pass the Professional Skills Test for Literacy

If you have international qualifications, we ask that you also provide a NARIC Statement of Comparability. You can find out more at the NARIC website

Personal qualities

  • Commitment, enthusiasm, passion, resilience – this is a tough course
  • Suitable and relevant qualifications to meet the eligibility criteria
  • Good subject knowledge (probably with a few gaps)
  • Relevant experience: how do you know this is for you?
  • Good standards of written and oral English

Other requirements

Mid Essex ITT is committed to safer recruitment. All applicants will be subject to to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check, including a check of the children's barred list and Employer Access Online.

About the training provider

Mid Essex is an outstanding school-based Initial Teacher Training scheme (Ofsted, October 2017), working with 22 local schools in Essex.

We will train you to teach at secondary school level and, after successfully completing the course, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) accredited by the University of Greenwich. Mid Essex ITT has been training teachers for almost 25 years and has excellent employment rates for its trainees.

Mid Essex ITT is unique in that all our training is run by experienced, practising teachers. As well as four days a week in your placement school, you will receive one day a week of training at our centre at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form. Mid Essex ITT is run by a small, friendly team who get to know all the trainees well and can offer personalised support. You will also have the support of a Course Tutor, subject mentor, Professional Mentor and Lead Subject Mentor.

Each year, Mid Essex ITT welcomes around 50 trainee teachers across 15 different subjects. You can find out more about our staff, our trainees and upcoming events on our website and social media pages:

The Mid Essex ITT website

The Mid Essex ITT Wordpress Blog

Mid Essex ITT on Facebook

Mid Essex ITT on Twitter

If you are interested in training to teach in Essex, please get in touch!

Training with disabilities and other needs

Mid Essex ITT is fully committed to fairness and equality. We strive to recruit from all backgrounds and ages and value the diversity it brings to the profession.

We have full disabled access at our training venue and a number of our schools.

In the past we have provided extra support such as help with proof-reading assignments, providing handouts on pastel coloured paper and running “Breakfast Support” sessions and Wellbeing days. If you think you may require assistance with any of the tasks at our interview and assessment day, we are happy to chat in advance about how we can make them accessible for you.

We welcome any requests from applicants concerning anything we can do to support you as you apply to join the course.

Contact details

Email
enquiries@midessexteachertraining.com
Telephone
01376 556 398
Website
http://www.midessexteachertraining.com
Address
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form
Notley Road
Braintree
Essex
CM7 1WY

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: M82
  • Training programme code: 2B2R

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site Notley High School, Notley Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 1WY

Advice and support

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