About the course
Informed by research and responsive to developments in secondary education, the programme aims to produce creative and critically reflective teachers able to meet the needs of all pupils. The course prepares you to:
- Teach the locally agreed syllabi, Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A2-level study
- Cover the essential areas of behaviour management, special education needs and English as an additional language
- Gain experience of planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating your practical teaching
- Be informed by current research and grounded in a practical understanding of Holocaust Education, the teaching of emotive and controversial issues, and citizenship
- Complete academic assignments linking theory and practice
Ofsted commented on the high quality of training at the University that enables students to demonstrate strong breadth of subject knowledge, as well as the ability to reflect on their teaching and ensure a focus on promoting pupil progress. We work closely with the Theology, Religion and Philosophy departments at the University, to provide subject knowledge enhancement sessions. There is an opportunity to achieve SAPERE Level 1 Philosophy for Children Foundation accreditation.
The course prepares you to teach across the age range 11-16 or 11-18 and is structured around five modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings. Classroom practice is assessed through placements, totaling 120 days.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE (the potential for up to 60 Master’s level credits) with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
To find out more, please visit the University of Winchester.
If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of a written task, individual presentation and interview. Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the University, the course and our campus, so if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to explore our facilities. If you are located outside the UK we are able to consider Skype or telephone interviews.
How school placements work
We place significant emphasis on enabling you to apply your learning to teaching in the classroom. During your teaching placements you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best and most inspiring teachers predominantly in Hampshire secondary schools. However, we also offer a number of placements in neighbouring counties, such as Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. If you opt for the 11-18 pathway there is an opportunity to teach in a 6th Form setting.
Our Partnership Office will arrange your assessed teaching placements, ensuring that you have two contrasting experiences. Due to the large geographical area that we cover, we are able to offer placements in a variety of settings, including rural, inner-city and coastal schools. During your time in school, you will be allocated a Link Tutor from the University who will mentor and support you for the duration of your placement. Please be aware that you will need to make your own travel arrangements at your own expense.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Applicants to this course are expected to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to beginning the course at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted. Please note, the cost of the check is covered by the applicant (currently £44).
The minimum requirements you will be expected to meet are as follows: an honours degree, usually at 2:2 or above; GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above; and passes in the Department for Education (DfE) skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Equivalencies to academic qualifications are considered on an individual basis, so if you hold qualifications from a number of years ago or from outside the UK, please contact us for confirmation of their suitability.
We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the secondary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order. If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited. You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.
About the training provider
The University of Winchester has a long history in teacher education and is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider. The University of Winchester offers a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires trainees. Our passion is to provide a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference to children’s lives.
The city of Winchester is a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train. It has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Your wellbeing is our priority and we will do all we can to enable you to flourish and realise your potential. We have a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.
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