The Wokingham Federation Business Studies (3922)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Teach SouthEast
Financial support
Student finance 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

Teach SouthEast trainees spend the majority of time in their placement schools, with the weekly day of training delivered by the Teach SouthEast SCITT and their partnership of schools.

The course offers trainees a weekly General Professional Studies (GPS) session lasting 3 hours, which is held at SJB School in Woking. In these sessions they will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop their practice within the classroom. Areas of pedagogy covered within these sessions include: assessment for learning, smart marking, lesson planning, behaviour management and differentiation. This fee-paying course leads to QTS and PGCE which carries 60 masters credits (awarded in partnership with the University of Sussex).

Alongside General Professional Studies, all trainees receive subject specific training, which is led by one of the schools within the partnership. All subject hubs within the partnership have been chosen for their renowned reputation as training centres and outstanding levels of learning and teaching as well as results.

Business Studies subject training gives trainees a weekly dedicated session focusing on subject related topics, preparing them to teach Business Studies to a high level within the classroom. Areas of training include planning an effective scheme of work, assisting students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, differentiation, preparing students for examinations and equipping trainees with the skills to teach the full range of business subjects across Key Stages 4 and 5 (14 to 19 years).

The PGCE (60 masters credits) is delivered by and accredited by The University of Sussex, whose ITT provision has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Trainees have the opportunity to go to The University of Sussex on a number of occasions throughout the year to access keynote lectures and the PGCE element of the course is delivered at one of the schools within the SCITT.

School placements

Successful applicants for this course will work in two schools within the Wokingham Federation.

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.

Personal qualities include:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
  • A positive outlook and resilient nature
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice

Other requirements

All trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify their suitability for working with young people.

They will also be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigors of the teaching profession.

If an applicant has lived overseas for more than 12 months in the past 10 years, an overseas police check is required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

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

As an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider, Teach SouthEast delivers high quality bespoke school-centred ITT programmes for aspiring primary and secondary teachers in South East England. Ofsted found it to be outstanding in every category in its 2018 inspection.

Teach SouthEast is passionate about training and developing outstanding teachers of the future. It seeks to provide a dynamic environment where trainees can immerse themselves in what it is to be a great teacher, be nurtured within their own practice and be empowered to deliver outstanding lessons to their students.

Interview process

Once an application is received, Teach SouthEast will make a call to interview within approximately one week. The interview day will be held at one of the schools within the partnership within approximately two weeks.

The interview day will consist of:

  • A tour of the school in which the interviews are being held
  • A subject knowledge test. This is usually part of a GCSE paper and will last no longer than 30 minutes
  • An exercise on resilience
  • Teaching an advised topic to a class of approximately 30 students for approximately 25 minutes
  • An interview with staff from Teach SouthEast and our partner schools
  • A literacy and numeracy skills test assessment to establish if the required standards of literacy and numeracy for teaching are currently being met, and if not, to establish how you can be supported.

It is possible that the interview will have to be held remotely. In this case, the teaching activity will be replace by a presentation.

To obtain an offer of a placement with the Wokingham Federation, there will also be a second interview with this partnership of schools.

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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