SUPA Salisbury Chemistry (2PS7)

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

Accredited body
University of Southampton
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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.bws-school.org.uk/

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Course summary

This innovative programme combines all the best elements of practical experience in school but also draws on cutting-edge developments in cognitive psychology and the extensive research expertise available here at one of the top Schools of Education in the UK, to deliver an exceptional training experience in science. The programme is led by a team of dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable tutors, all with extensive experience of classroom teaching. Beyond this core team, some of the very best science teachers and senior leaders currently working in our area contribute to the high quality of the training provided. There are also structured opportunities to plan and conduct fieldwork sessions in the beautiful New Forest National Park and, of course, the opportunity to work with an exceptional team of school-based mentors. The PGCE Secondary Science: Chemistry course

School placements

School placements will make up the bulk of your training year as they play a vital role in providing you with the skills and experience needed to be a successful teacher. However, we fully understand that standing in front of a class for the first time can be a very daunting experience for some. For this reason, we will provide you with all the training and support you need so that you feel fully prepared when the time comes.

The training year is broken down as follows:

Term 1 – Initial Training and Home School Placement 1

You will spend the first two weeks in September following an induction programme in your Home School. This gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the systems and functions of your Home School, meet key staff and observe some lessons so when you return you are familiar with procedures and routines. You will then attend approximately two weeks training in the university. Once this initial training is complete the rest of the term is spent back in your Home school while still attending university training days on Fridays.

Term 2 - January - February– Focus School In January, you will move onto your second teaching placement in your Focus School. This second placement school will be chosen from the whole university partnership, with the aim of giving the trainee teacher a contrasting experience compared to their Home School. However, we will always endeavour to keep your daily commute to a minimum. You will remain there until February whilst you complete a personalised programme of teaching practice and professional training. During this time, you will return to the University for regular training days.

Terms 2 - 3 - February - June - Home School Placement 2 In late February, you will return to your Home School and continue with your personalised programme of teaching practice and professional training. Your teaching contact time will increase during this placement but will not exceed 11 hours per week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

If applicants do not have the required GCSEs (English and Mathematics) (also Science for Primary) or equivalent qualifications they will be required to take an Equivalency test. Accepted Equivalency tests are offered by a third party, please see our University website for specific information about this. Any cost associated with these tests is covered by the applicant. If you believe you may need an equivalency test please get in contact with us.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share this with young people.

Skills You will need to demonstrate dedication, tenacity and creativity and be an excellent communicator. You should hold a strong knowledge of your specialist subject and be able to communicate your knowledge in a clear and inspiring way. Experience Ideally, we are looking for candidates who have had some form of experience working with young people. This could be in a variety of settings such as through in school work or in the wider world.

Other requirements

Before starting on the PGCE programme you will be required:

  • To complete a form describing your state of health which will be checked against the DfE Fitness to Teach regulations
  • To provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which would bar you from teaching.

It would also be a great advantage if you have had some recent experience in a school or working with children either in a school environment or elsewhere.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,136

If offered a place after attending an interview you will additionally need to obtain an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and be required to complete a Health check. Please note, the cost of the DBS clearance and Health check is covered by the applicant.

Financial support from the training provider

Trainee teachers are eligible for financial support through government bursaries and subject scholarships. The amount payable is dependent on your degree classification. For more information visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

About the training provider

SUPA Salisbury offers the best of both worlds in terms of teacher training. Not only will an applicant have access to the skills and support of a world class university but also the opportunity to train in schools with a long history of excellent practice in developing new teachers. We endeavour to create an environment in our schools where trainee teachers feel valued and supported and in return we appreciate the enthusiasm and energy that they bring to our school communities. Overall, we aim to produce outstanding teachers with up-to-date pedagogy who are continually striving to improve their practice in one of the most dynamic career paths on offer. During the course the University will provide extensive training on the theoretical aspects of teaching and learning, while the practical aspects will be centred on the schools. Consequently, trainees should be aware that although the course programme will be focussed on Salisbury, there will also be a day a week of training at the University of Southampton. Both sites are, however, relatively close together and are linked well by both road and rail transport. Overall, SUPA Salisbury provides any trainee teacher with the opportunity to ‘learn their trade’ in a very professional and supportive environment.

Interview process

Once you have applied to SUPA Salisbury you will be invited for interview at one of the schools in the Alliance. The interview process will involve three key elements: 1). An interview with a panel containing at least one senior member of staff from the school and a member of staff from the University of Southampton. 2). A basic written task to check literacy levels. This task will not require you to carry out any preparation and is a normal task that a teacher might need to carry out in their working day. 3). A student based activity - a brief task with a small group of students. Further details will be provided to you in advance of your interview so that you have time to prepare. We understand that you are not yet trained as a teacher and so this task is simply to assess your potential and your ability to relate to our students.

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

The schools in the Alliance welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. SEND is a very important element of our training and trainees who have personal experiences of SEND are of real benefit to our programmes, as they bring a wealth of experience.

How are Trainee Teachers with disabilities and other needs supported?

  1. Trainees with dyslexia meet together at the start of the course for an informal session, led by a tutor with significant SEND experience. This group is then enabled to support one another throughout the course, with individual, personalised, input from the tutor as required.

  2. Trainees with Physical Disabilities are always accommodated as appropriate and a wide variety of modifications are available. For example, a student with a hearing impairment may be supported by our enabling services, as well as by their Personal Academic Tutor with services such as remote transcription available - we work with individuals to ensure that their needs are met both when at the University and when teaching in our schools.

  3. We recognise that teaching can be stressful. The University offers a variety of services for Trainees who may be suffering from anxiety or depression, for example trainees can access talking therapies via the University Enabling Services. Trainees are also encouraged to make full use of their Personal Academic Tutor.

  4. The course team are able to personalise many aspects of the programme, to accommodate need on an individual basis, to enable successful completion of the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
jpr@bws.wilts.sch.uk
Telephone
01722333851
Website
http://www.bws-school.org.uk/
Address
Exeter Street
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2ED

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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