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Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance Biology (Y859)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.cvms.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

The PGCE Secondary science programmes (Biology with Science, Chemistry with Science and Physics with Science) are designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the science specified in the National Curriculum for science at Key Stage 3, and your chosen science specialism from biology, chemistry or physics, at Key Stage 4. Students join the course with a variety of science degrees and backgrounds. Few, if any, are confident from the start in all aspects of science demanded by the National Curriculum or even by their own subject specialism. Early in the course you will complete a personal audit and begin an action plan to build on your general science and subject specialism knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme. A similar approach is followed with your understanding and skills in ICT, so that you will be able to make appropriate use of these when teaching.

The programme is the result of close collaboration between school-based mentors and the Roehampton team. It is arranged into three terms. In the first term you begin to learn how pupils develop science understanding and skills while at the same time building enough confidence to plan and teach a science lesson. The second term extends this by using teaching experience to improve lesson performance and revisit and extend issues within science education. The third term addresses science education outside the classroom and broader issues concerning the role of science within the school curriculum. Towards the end of this term, you will develop an action plan to provide a basis for progression and development within your first year of teaching.

Science education at Roehampton is well staffed and resourced so that we are able to provide you with practical workshops as well as seminars and personal tutorials. Throughout the programme we aim to produce more than strong classroom practitioners; we aim also to produce reflective teachers who will go on to participate in, and influence, the future development of science education.

School placements

Candidate will pick their main school upon application and a second school placement, for six weeks, will be allocated in consultation with the main school.

A professional development tutor will be allocated to all candidates.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Chiswick School
Burlington Ln, Chiswick, W4 3UN
Yes
Main Site
89 Addison Road, London, W14 8BZ
Yes
Maria Fidelis Girls School
North Gower Street, North London, NW1 2LY
Yes
Newman Catholic College
Harlesden Road, London, NW10 3RN
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

Candidates should are normally excepted to require one equivalency test not both.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:

  1. Subject knowledge
  2. Motivation to become the best teacher possible.
  3. Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback.
  4. Creativity and imagination.
  5. Capacity for hard work.
  6. Perseverance.
  7. Good organisational skills.
  8. Empathy and a liking for young people.
  9. Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.

Other requirements

All offers of places are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure with list check. If you are offered a place, you will be asked to provide a signed declaration relating to any police record. Contact The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School or Roehampton University Admissions office if you need guidance on whether an offence or conviction may preclude you from teaching. All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health. In practice, few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applications from people with disabilities.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

If you are looking for a teacher training course in which you spend most of your time in-school while you study, this course may be for you. You work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. You are will be based in one of the schools within the Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance during your training, with a placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school.

A key feature of the programme is the individual support provided to candidates. A recent candidate noted that “The support provided to the trainees within the school is excellent at every level. This includes - but is by no means limited to - a mentor from the department who meets with you on a weekly basis; my lead school trainer, who oversees the more general assessment and evaluation of progress; and the added support system of the department and HOD, all of whom are always highly approachable. The programme provides trainees with ample in-class experience; opportunities to observe colleagues of various age groups, abilities and subjects and offers weekly INSET seminars which hone practical skills and help to clarify many aspects of training which may appear less accessible or relatable to ‘real life’ classroom teaching. Every tutor is vastly experienced, supportive, welcoming, and most of all, an outstanding teacher in their own right.”

Interview process

The interview will be conducted by the Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance. Interviews are normally conducted with the Head of the Alliance, or his deputy, the Head of Department and Professional Development Tutor.

Interviews take place on a one-to-one basis and will last for about 30 minutes. All questions are focussed on the individual’s motivation to teach and their understanding of the education system.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Schools generally have good disability access to their site. However, candidates should check this with the school prior to your visit and interview, if you are shortlisted.

Please contact the school or eQ office for a discussion of your needs if they are not related to mobility, so that we can identify what additional support might be appropriate for you.

Contact this training provider

Email
Kehoen@cvms.co.uk
Telephone
02076038478
Website
http://www.cvms.co.uk
Address
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
89 Addison Road
London
W14 8BZ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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