Chemistry with South West Teacher Training

Course offered
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.swtt.net

About the course

The Science National Curriculum states that “Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. On South West Teacher Training's Chemistry course, through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”

The SWTT Science programme is designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the Science specified in the National Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 3, and your chosen Science specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Key Stage 4 and at post-16. Trainees join the course with a variety of Science degrees and backgrounds. Few, if any, are confident from the start in all aspects of Science demanded by the National Curriculum or even by their own subject specialism. Early in the course you will complete a personal audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge, initially for KS3, then for GCSE and beyond.

You will spend a minimum of fifteen days at our training centre in Exeter under the guidance of our Science Course Tutor, ensuring you will be able to:

Develop and plan innovative and exciting lessons using a variety of techniques, strategies and approaches, including Laboratory Practicals and e-learning, in order to extend your students’ scientific knowledge, understanding and skills.

Assess work for a range of ages and abilities, and ensure effective learning for all students.

Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Science Education.

Our trainees specialise in one Science but are prepared to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics, ensuring their employability.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to a Selection Day at our lead school, West Exe School. On that day we will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Our Selection Day asks candidates to teach a sample lesson episode, undertake a panel interview and complete a subject knowledge assessment. Candidates will also take a tour of lead school and learn more about our partnership.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

How school placements work

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of fifteen placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience. It's unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It's important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After a week's Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Fees

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

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • GCSE Maths and English: Grade C or above. Certificates required.
  • Degree: Honours 2:2 or above: Certificate and transcript required.
  • Professional Skills Tests: Literacy and Numeracy

If you do not hold a C grade or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or take an equivalency test at equivalencytesting.com.

Where qualifications have been achieved abroad please contact UK NARIC and obtain a comparison statement to prove that your qualification is the equivalent of UK qualifications at (naric.org.uk).

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks.

A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children

and young people) and is therefore exempt from the

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an

Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This

exemption means that applicants for this post are required to

declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers

both spent and unspent in their application regardless of

the passage of time.

About the training provider

South West Teacher Training is based at West Exe School, part of the highly successful Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. We are situated in Exeter, placing our trainees in a partnership of schools across Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal schools throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. We match individual trainees to schools that suit their skills and location.

We work with Bath Spa University who provide our PGCE, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider. They offer a balanced programme of academic excellence alongside school-based training. Bath Spa tutors visit our Exeter site, providing one-to-one tutorials.

We work with Exeter Consortium Teaching Schools Alliance and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, who themselves work with Exeter University and Exeter College. We offer a programme of study that links our Secondary and Primary teacher training models, giving our Secondary trainees an enviable insight into the workings of Primary education, an aspect that future employers find attractive and distinctive to our route. The programme is taught by leading practitioners from within our partnership, who provide thoughtful training sessions rooted in educational theory and current classroom practice.

Subject Mentors offer one-to-one support throughout the school-based training and this is mirrored by a team of Subject Course Tutors. Our trainees begin teaching in staged steps from their first weeks, integrating academic study with classroom practice. Our trainees say they value our truly school-centred route as it places them in a school setting swiftly, yet allows them to build their teaching skills gradually. Visit www.swtt.net to learn more.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At South West Teacher Training we have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our training programme emphasises the need for trainees to manage their own pace of learning. Trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team.

Our partnership work with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals.

Contact details

Email
swtt@westexe.devon.sch.uk
Telephone
01392 686 165
Website
http://www.swtt.net
Address
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road
Exeter
Devon

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: S66
  • Training programme code: F2X1

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 South West Teacher Training, WETC, Hatherleigh Road, EXETER EX2 9JU

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