You will spend the majority of your time in your main placement school which, depending on your location, will usually be Aston Academy. You will be part of a team from day one and will receive high training from experienced teachers on a wide range of topics. One day a week you will be at Sheffield Hallam University giving an excellent blend of practical experience and also chance to reflect and make use of the research expertise of university-based tutors. Additional training will take place at other academies within Aston Community Education Trust.
To complement your development as a teacher you will complete two assignments at Masters level, exploring key issues relating to your subject and your role.
Key Features of the course
A dedicated team of tutors who provide excellent support for all students.
A strong subject-specific cohort. You will have chance to develop working relationships with your peers whilst in the university, which provides you with a support network once out on placement.
The chance to reflect. Teaching is an intensive profession, and at the start of your career it is essential that you have the opportunity to develop skills as a reflective practitioner. During your placements, for example, you will spend every Friday in the University sharing your experiences and considering ways in which you can develop your teaching.
For information about the university based elements of the course please click here
Your placements will consist of:
At least two days in a primary school early in the programme
Your main placement for the majority of your training
A 5 week contrasting placement at another school in our partnership
A post 16 experience
We work with 13 schools in Sheffield, Derbyshire, and Rotherham. This range of inner-city, suburban and rural contexts provides rich opportunities for diverse and balanced experiences in schools, and we work hard to secure you two contrasting placements.
When arranging placements, we will aim to take into account your personal circumstances.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in chemistry 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Aston Academy is the lead school for Aston Community Education Trust (ACET) School Direct. At Aston Academy we are committed to providing high quality learning and teaching which is reflected in our Ofsted report where we were judged to be a Good provider.
Trainees are placed at one of our 18 primary or secondary partnership schools in Sheffield, Rotherham and Derbyshire. Our partnership schools vary in their educational setting giving trainees access to a variety of experiences over a wide geographical area.
For secondary, the majority of student teachers will be at Aston Academy for one of their two placements and have another placement at one of our partnership schools. Further information can be found here or here
For primary including early years, trainees have their placements at two of the ACET junior academies. Further information can be found here
Last year 100% of ITT trainees rated their overall placement at Aston Academy as good or outstanding.
So far this year 100% of candidates have rated their in school training as excellent.
Once we receive your application we will consider a number of factors in making our decision about whether to interview you including your qualifications and personal statement.
Your interview will take place at Aston Academy and will include the following:
Welcome, a tour of the school and introduction to the school and course
A presentation to demonstrate your subject knowledge.
A teaching activity with a small group of students.
A formal interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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