Biology with Three Counties Alliance SCITT

Course offered
QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.ytcascitt.co.uk

About the course

Here is a brief overview of our programme - for more details please visit YTCA SCITT: Programme Information.

Our well-established programme, rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2016, requires trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice, and to demonstrate they meet the Teachers’ Standards.

In summary we offer:

  • a mixture of experiential and academic learning;
  • excellent pastoral care, well-being training and support;
  • placements in at least two schools with the opportunity to experience other specialised educational settings - click here to view our 2018-19 placement calendar so you have a better knowledge of how the programme works;
  • high-quality training delivered by skilled and experienced practitioners;
  • one-to-one personalised support throughout the training year from in-school mentors and the YTCA SCITT team;
  • bespoke subject knowledge development training;
  • support with finding school employment once qualified;
  • the opportunity to complete a PGCE in Primary and Secondary Education with Sheffield Hallam University (4 taught sessions, 2 modules, 2 practice-based assignments).

Our core curriculum is primarily delivered through "Hub Days". They consist of workshops led by practicing teachers who are expert practitioners and are designed to develop strategies and skills for the classroom as well as opportunities to network with other trainees and reflect on practice. These include:

  • Show and tell sessions – to share something that has worked well, a challenge or good resource.
  • Book club – trainees will each be given a different book at the start of placement. Their challenge is to read them all before the end of the year!
  • Reading time – to read your Book Club book, research for your PGCE assignments or another topic of interest to you.
  • Subject knowledge development – during the year, subject specialists from our partner schools will come in to deliver specific training in subject groups.
  • Portfolio and Final Assessment support – trainees will receive guidance and support to develop their evidence base showing they have met the Teachers’ Standards.

Assessment for this course is through school experience (placements), a reflective portfolio containing evidence bundles, placement reports and a Final Assessment presentation and interview.

Our next Programme will start in the first week of September 2019 and finish during the last week in June 2020 for those trainees that meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Interview process

Our aim is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates that meet our success criteria; those best prepared to begin QTS assessment and most likely to be graded as “Exceeds Teachers’ standards” by the end of their training.

If your application is successful we will invite you to an interview at one of our partner schools. The panel usually includes the SCITT Programmes Lead, a subject specialist and another ITT specialist.

The interview process includes:

  • Teaching a 25-minute lesson based on a topic and class data which you will receive prior to interview. We do take into account that you may never have taught before so we aren’t looking for a perfect lesson! Instead, we will be considering your potential to become a teacher!
  • A 10-minute pre-prepared presentation about the British education system and to test your oracy skills;
  • A 30-minute interview which will cover the following areas:
  • Your reasons for wanting to teach;
  • Your understanding of the role of the teacher;
  • Your own skills and attributes and how these might support you in your training;
  • Current issues in education.
  • Document check (ID & qualifications);
  • Subject knowledge and literacy test (30-minutes) which is designed to test your subject knowledge (in addition to your teaching and the panel interview).

How school placements work

The placements you complete during your training year will give you a breadth of experience and provide a range of opportunities for you to demonstrate you have met all the Teachers’ Standards. Although you will be training to be a Biology teacher, you will have the opportunity to teach all three sciences while you are training with us.

We currently have 11 excellent partner schools with a proven track record of developing outstanding trainees.

The SCITT currently operates an "ABX" placement model where you will have the opportunity to teach 11 to 18 year old students across three placements.

Placement A consists of 4 school orientation days and 12 assessed teaching weeks. This is your opportunity to develop your core teaching skills.

Placement B consists of 4 school orientation days and 6 teaching weeks. You will be placed in a contrasting school so you can experience different things and develop your skills in different areas.

Placement X is left open for us to decide nearer the time based on your circumstances and needs. This either consists of 4 school orientation days and 11 teaching weeks, or 12 teaching weeks if you return to a school you have already worked in.

We also have time set aside for Enrichment Experiences which include:

  • Two days in a KS2 setting;
  • Two days in a KS5 setting;
  • Four days in other educational settings. These might include visits to a Pupil Referral Unit, Special Needs schools/units, schools with specialisms, etc.

Please click here to view our 2018-19 placement calendar so you have a better knowledge of how the programme works.

We take into consideration information given to us by successful candidates regarding issues with travel, etc.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,150
EU students £9,150

The cost for the course is £9150. Candidates may be eligible for a student loan, bursary or scholarship.

Please visit Get into Teaching: An overview of funding for more information.

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

GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

An degree at classification 2:2 or above from a UK university (or equivalent):

  • All subjects are acceptable;
  • Third class degrees will be considered on an individual basis;
  • If you are in your final year at University we will look at your predicted grade.

A-Levels - if your degree is not directly related to the subject you want to teach we consider your A-level qualifications.

Passes in both the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills Tests (do not have to be completed prior to application/interview).

Personal qualities

We usually see candidates demonstrate the following in successful applications and interviews:

  • A genuine desire to support young people and help them develop and succeed;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and an understanding of a career in teaching;
  • A proactive and reflective approach to their own development;
  • The ability to relate to and engage with young people;
  • A passion for their subject;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to explain concepts clearly;
  • Initiative, innovation and resilience.

Other requirements

  • Good subject knowledge (assessed at interview);
  • Whilst not compulsory, we recommend that you have some recent experience of working in a school (voluntarily or paid) so that you fully understand the expectations and demands of the role of a teacher. It would be beneficial for you to observe some teaching and learning in your chosen subject.

If successful at interview...

  • A completed medical questionnaire;
  • A current Enhanced DBS clearance by us which is subscribed to the Update Service;
  • An RO2 and declaration form (relating to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974).

About the training provider

"Working through a smaller SCITT like YTCA means you have a much more personal experience and you don’t get swallowed up as just a number in the system. You get to know the people you’re studying with and build a really close group. You also spend more time in the classroom right from the word go which means it’s a really hands-on course."

Richard, Secondary Trainee 2017-18

The YTCA SCITT has a highly successful track record of developing outstanding teachers. As a relatively small provider we are able to personalise our training and offer the support our trainees deserve.

Students in our schools have a right to the best education and learning opportunities by being taught by outstanding teachers. Our vision is therefore to ensure the best possible education in Yorkshire schools through our collective passion for Initial Teacher Training.

Our programme aims to:

  • Produce outstanding newly-qualified teachers;
  • Enrich the education sector by delivering a quality of teacher recruitment that will drive forward school improvement;
  • Provide access to high-quality professional development opportunities for trainees.

We strive for excellence and are achieving this by:

  • Providing a challenging, stimulating and inspirational training programme run by expert practitioners;
  • Supporting our trainees to work at Masters Level for a PGCE;
  • Working with partners who are committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging and professional learning environment;
  • Preparing our trainees for future leadership roles within the teaching profession and education sector.

To find out more please visit our website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The YTCA SCITT has a commitment to equality of opportunity for all, and welcomes candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, disability, religious or social contexts.

We seek to challenge racism, sexism, ageism or homophobia and to remove obstacles facing people with disabilities or from particular socio-economic backgrounds. It is required of everyone in our partnership to reflect these values at all times.

Disability Access

In the past we have worked successfully with many trainees with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as those with physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

If you have special needs you wish to discuss with us prior to interview, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met.

Pastoral Support

We offer various forms of pastoral support for trainees:

  • At the start of the course there will be a workshop looking at how to maintain well-being and build resilience as a trainee;
  • Placement school mentors have responsibility for ensuring the welfare of trainees placed with them;
  • Each trainee will also have a designated member of the YTCA SCITT team to support their well-being during the course. The support will take the form of regular contact via email/phone, half-termly meetings and can also include additional support where required;
  • Each trainee is assigned a buddy.

If you have any specific queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss them further.

Contact details

Email
ytca@minsthorpe.cc
Telephone
01977657604
Website
http://www.ytcascitt.co.uk
Address
Minsthorpe Community College
South Elmsall
Pontefract
West Yorkshire

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: T29
  • Training programme code: 2B7K

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Code Name Address
3 Minsthorpe Community College Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, Pontefract WF9 2UJ

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