Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT) Biology (AW92)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Sussex
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.VITT.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

Why apply for this programme?

  • Do you have a desire to make a positive impact on a child’s life opportunities?
  • Do you have the ability to motivate and engage children?
  • Do you want to acquire a deep understanding of how children learn?
  • Are you committed to continuous self-improvement?

By studying this employment based programme, you will become a confident, competent and effective teacher with the skills and knowledge to teach within the secondary phase. Applicants for this programme will focus on children aged 11-18 years old.

We can offer:

  • Access to excellent practice in teaching and learning
  • Access to a diverse range of school settings
  • Excellent support from trained and experienced mentors

School placements

School Based Training

The majority of your training will take place within the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance. The training programme will be personalised to the individual’s professional needs but will include training on the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards.

Candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced outstanding teachers. Support and mentorship will be given by senior teachers.

Although candidates will have a base school, there will be lots of opportunities for cross-school training and will include teaching experience within another school in the Trust.

University We are working with the University of Sussex as an accredited teacher training provider. There will be opportunities to have pedagogical and professional training sessions at the University. The University will support the school in the application and interview process.

Additionally, the University of Sussex will provide library services, student services, and other support needed, matched to the candidates requirements

Duration The Secondary Tuition Fee QTS programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where eligible. The programme runs for one year. Further details regarding the University of Sussex’s course can be found at: (https://www.sussex.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx)

Qualifications awarded All our School Direct trainees receive exactly the same support and training from the University as our Core PGCE trainees in addition to a PGCE Qualification.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Invicta Grammar School
Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DS
Yes
The Lenham School
Ham Lane, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2LL
Yes
Valley Park School
Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DT
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who:

  • has good organisational skills
  • has excellent time keeping
  • is approachable, empathetic and enthusiastic
  • has the ability to be decisive, consistent and to set priorities
  • is an effective communicator (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences
  • has the ability to develop good relationships within a team and ability to be a supportive team player
  • has a commitment to personal professional development
  • has the ability to relate well to all involved in school life, showing sensitivity, consideration but also a sense of humour when needed

Other requirements

Commitment to promote equal opportunities in line with the University of Sussex’s and the relevant Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance school’s equal opportunity policies.

  • Commitment to the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance Mission Statement, promoting the aims positively
  • A willingness to work throughout the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance
  • An understanding of Health and Safety issues
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Please note the above tuition fee is based on a School Direct 1 year training programme for 2019 - 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: The VITSA Alliance schools do not support sponsorship of Tier 2 visas.

Financial support from the training provider

The Secondary Tuition Fee PGCE programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where eligible. The programme runs for one year. (https://www.sussex.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx)

About the training provider

Welcome to Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT).

VITT is part of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT), which is made up of Ofsted-rated outstanding and good schools, and offers a wealth of experience and diversity.

The decision to train with VITT is one of the most important choices that you will make. We have a strong teaching and learning ethos where every student encounters stimulating and intellectual challenges, but equally every trainee is supported and challenged by their mentors to craft their teaching skills and develop practice. This ensures that every member of a VITT school can focus on their individual needs; building self-confidence, self-esteem and preparing for future opportunities.

Every member of staff is unique and we recognise that what suits one might not suit another, therefore, we provide a structured training and development programme designed to support you at each stage of your career, combined with bespoke development opportunities and a range of benefits.

About the accredited body

Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT) works with the University of Sussex as the registered training provider for the School Direct programme. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both the Trust and also from the university.

University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess your chosen secondary subject or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of Professional Studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.

Interview process

Application

All application forms will be vetted for the following: 1) Applicant meets the academic entry criteria 2) Applicant has written a strong personal statement 3) Applicant has been given a strong reference. This should be an academic reference if the applicant has been in education within the last five years.

The Selection Process Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance and the University of Sussex work together to interview applicants. In order for your application to be considered you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted you will be asked to complete written tasks and attend a formal interview.

All applications will be reviewed and then successful applicants shortlisted.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview at the school, during the interview you can expect: A tour of the school A teaching task A formal interview A subject knowledge related task

Your application will also need to be approved by the relevant University either through the school or during a formal visit to the University. This part of the interview will involve literacy and numeracy tasks to assess your levels.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

VITT recruits our trainees on their individual merit.

Contact this training provider

Email
a.donovan@viat.org.uk
Telephone
01622 357028
Website
http://www.VITT.org.uk
Address
VITT
Invicta Grammar School
Huntsman Lane, Maidstone
Kent
ME14 5DS

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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