About the course
The PGCE in Further Education at Worcester is a teaching qualification. It provides access to excellent learning and training opportunities across the FE sector: further education colleges, schools (14-19), work based learning and adult and community settings. The course is designed to provide generic core content on teaching, learning and assessment. This is complemented by subject specialism content which is delivered in smaller subject groups.
Collaborative working features across all aspects of course teaching and teaching practice; this approach is key to making the course successful, stimulating and enjoyable.
The course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training (2014) which are sector standards promoted by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
The selection process:
Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.
At interview, you will be asked to complete:
• A timed written task
• A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
• A group task
• An interview with two people, usually 2 university tutors
For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.
How school placements work
We work very closely with our partner institutions, to provide you with high quality teacher training to prepare you for your first teaching job and beyond. Our partner institutions provide a range of settings from rural to inner city. Most are within a 30 mile radius of the University. You will practise teaching in at least two institutions.
The course is designed with time on placement running alongside time at University. This gives you the opportunity to reflect on experience and your future development. You will have 100+ days on placement- an average of 3 days a week.
On placement you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible, and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership institutions as they take part in the selection process alongside University tutors.
You will be observed 8 times by your Subject Mentor and Personal Academic Tutor.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.
We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.
In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.
Degree or equivalent:
Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area.
Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry onto the course.
University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We are looking for trainees who are:
• confident and reflective practitioners
• effective communicators who can work in partnership
• informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
• resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct
Sector experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior experience or opportunities you have had to work with young people and adults. At this point, we will discuss with you whether additional sector experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.
Health and Physical Capacity to Teach:
The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.
All entrants to ITE programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children's barred list information.
About the training provider
The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.
You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.
Our PGCE courses offer Master's-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.
Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.
Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.
At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.
Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.
We can provide assistance through:
- Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
- Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
- Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
- Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
- Limited loans of equipment
- Confidential advice and support for students and staff
- Training and awareness raising workshops
- Assistive technology
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:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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