SAF Initial Teacher Training
Chemistry (2XYM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, 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
https://www.saf.org.uk/saf-itt/

About the course

Trainees on the SCITT route will will be working in a classroom with an experienced appointed mentor. You will have at least one meeting a week.

Trainees will spend most of their year based in a school for four days a week and then attend training on the fifth day. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners, some of whom work in our excellent partner schools. They will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching lessons effectively in a secondary school across all key stages, where applicable.

As part of the programme trainees will complete a contrasting school placement and attend focus days to enhance your expertise and understanding of SEND and other specialist areas of education.

A programme of continuous formative assessment of trainees' subject knowledge and ability to teach, as recorded within the portfolio, culminates in a rigorous assessment of the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as specified by the Department for Education (DfE). As an accredited provider, SAF ITT recommends trainees, on successful completion of their training programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Trainees will also be able to study for a PGCE alongside the QTS, this will be dependent on the qualification criteria being met.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.

The interview will take place at one of our partner schools and involve staff from both SAF ITT and the partner school.

Please note that the venue of your interview has no bearing on the school you will be placed in should you be successful.

Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare for the interview.

How school placements work

Trainees will have two school placements in addition to other placements visits during the programme and will be supported by mentors and the SAF ITT team. Trainees will also spend time in a special school.

Trainees will be allocated a school taking into account where they live and their individual needs. The school will be either 11-16 age range or 11 to 18.

Initially trainees will spend three days in the school placements and two days in training sessions/workshops. This increases to four days in a school placement and one day training each week.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

Candidates are required to have:

  • GCSE or equivalent qualification, at Grade C/level 4 or above in English and mathematics
  • A lower second class degree in the subject they wish to train to teach in or a degree in a related subject. We would also consider a third class degree for candidates who demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

Overseas qualifications should be verified by NARIC

Personal qualities

SAF ITT, as the accredited provider, and its partners are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students. The programme is challenging, and so we are looking for candidates with a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching.

Other requirements

  • Declaration of any convictions declared on your UCAS application
  • An Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required following an offer of a place
  • A satisfactory health questionnaire will be required follow an offer of a place
  • Satisfactory clearance for registration

About the training provider

If you are considering teacher training on a one year course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a PGCE, SAF ITT as part of Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF) may be the provider for you. We pride ourselves in being able to offer a personalised training programme with a journey that begins as soon as you contact us. We will guide you all the way, from 'just thinking about teaching', getting your first job, to offering you advice and guidance about your continuing career development.

We offer a variety of training programmes to suit individual needs. This includes the School Direct - salaried and tuition fee routes and the SCITT route. Contact us if you would like to focus your training on a specific subject or specific ages i.e. lower primary or general primary.

With us, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools within our partnership which covers Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes and beyond.

Trainee experiences are designed to meet individual needs from the start of the course, encouraging trainees to progress quickly and effectively into proficient teachers.

Our courses are highly effective in nurturing the talents of future generations of outstanding teachers. We believe in fostering reflective, self-assured trainees who are confident in questioning and rationalising their progress and ability as teachers.

Trainees will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment, and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for teaching.

Training with disabilities and other needs

SAF ITT is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

What do we mean by disability?

The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.

Contact details

Email
ITTAdministration@saf.org.uk
Telephone
01234 827145
Website
https://www.saf.org.uk/saf-itt/
Address
SAF ITT and Training Building, Station Road
Oakley
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK43 7RE

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: P57
  • Training programme code: 2XYM

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
Main Site
Yes -

Support and advice

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