The Wokingham Federation Biology (2HC6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://wokinghamfederation.co.uk

Contents

About the course

This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary Biology course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s course C1X1. Applicants to this course, 2HC6, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as C1X1 and will become members of the University in the same way as all the other successful applicants to this course.

The course supports its trainees to become reflective professionals who are able to secure the very best for all children. We work with them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, trainees inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.

The aim of the partnership between the Wokingham Federation and the University of Reading is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention therefore is that trainees should take ownership of their development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain them throughout their careers.

Training to teach in one of the sciences at the University of Reading is an immersive experience that utilises many modes of delivery and participation, with active learning at its core. Trainees will develop their skills throughout the programme so that they are fully prepared to share their love of learning and knowledge about science with the children they will be teaching.

Teaching at the University takes place through a series of practical seminars and workshops in purpose-built science laboratories where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage trainees to engage, reflect and challenge. They will take part in activities designed to help them to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively, discovering how to evaluate their skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.

Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.

School placements

Trainees will work in two of The Federation’s nine mainstream School Direct secondary schools. Please see The Wokingham Federation website for details of the schools.

During the course of the year, all trainees will have experience of teaching all years from Years 7 - 13, including working with both GCSE and A Level groups.

To ensure they are fully supported during the course, trainees have a mentor at their schools and a tutor with the University, both of whom work closely with them throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applications from people who have the desire, passion and determination to be outstanding teachers. The Wokingham Federation is proud of its schools and they are all keen to work with trainees who would like to be a part of it, at least for a year and possibly for longer.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer from us, you will also be required to complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks successfully.

These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,450

Financial support from the training provider

Students who have previously graduated from an undergraduate course at the University of Reading will be eligible for an alumni discount amounting to 10% of the tuition fee (up to a maximum of £1,000) for Home/EU students or £1,000 for International fee-paying students.

You may be entitled to a bursary and other support. Please see the Get into Teaching website for more details.

About the training provider

The Wokingham Federation is a close partnership of ten secondary schools, two special schools and a PRU. Its aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough. It works closely with the primary schools in the area.

Wokingham is a high performing authority and delivering an exceptional ITT programme is an integral part of the Federation’s work. Its School Direct programme, in partnership with the University of Reading for all subjects with the exception of Business Studies, where Teach South East is its partner, is widely recognised for its success in producing outstanding teachers.

Please see The Wokingham Federation to see more details of our schools.

For 2022 - 2023, the Federation is delighted to be able to continue to offer Primary School Direct courses.

The Federation is extremely proud of its work with its ITT trainees, many of whom stay on each year to work as teachers in one of our schools.

Over a quarter of all the secondary trainees with the University of Reading train each year in schools in the Wokingham Federation School Direct partnership. Any applicant successfully awarded a place with us will work in two schools, both of which are in or near to Wokingham, a town which is often named as one of the best places in the country to live.

About the accredited body

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022).

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

Applicants called to interview will be interviewed at a Federation school on behalf of The Federation.

The interview process will consist of:

  • an introductory meeting
  • a written task
  • a teaching task with a small group of students
  • a formal interview

There may also be additional tasks, for example to meet with a student panel or to observe a lesson and then share observations.

Some applicants may be interviewed remotely. When this is the case, the teaching task will be replaced with a presentation to the interviewing panel.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.

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Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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