You can choose to train to be a teacher of Chemistry with the Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) in either Preston or Blackburn.
Secondary (11-16 yrs) course locations:
Preston Hub - Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Main Site, based at Our Lady’s Catholic High School, OR
Blackburn Hub - Catholic Teaching Alliance Blackburn Hub, based at St Bede’s RC High School.
In line with the ITT core content framework, your teacher training with the Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the PGCE award. The PGCE carries 60 credits at Masters Level which could later contribute towards a Master’s Degree in Education (180 credits).
Our programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. Alongside school based training, you will also undertake two 30-credit masters level modules, to gain a PGCE. These modules are taught by the University of Cumbria lecturers, who work closely with our school direct programme team, to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.
As a summary, your PGCE course will include
2 separate placements in contrasting schools
12 Pedagogy for Learning (PfL) days when you will have the opportunity to specialise and enhance your subject knowledge and pedagogy in your own subject area. These will take place mainly at the University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus and are spread over the year.
A block of training days before the start of each placement and once a week during the first term, delivered by experienced professionals, the majority of whom are outstanding practitioners in our alliance schools and colleges.
Two university modules that are assessed by the submission of four written assignments, spread throughout the year, on teaching and learning in your subject and wider educational issues.
Training days, other than PfL days, will be delivered either at your principal campus, or at alliance providers in that area.
On secondary (11-16 yrs) courses you will usually have two contrasting school placements, both in Catholic schools.
Placement 1 (September to December) Initial Experience Phase: Monday - Thursday. Three weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 7 hours per week in Key Stage 3 classes.
Placement 2 (January to June) Sustained Enactment Phase: Monday - Friday. Two weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 12 hours per week in Key Stage 3 and GCSE classes.
Throughout your placements you will have the support and guidance of trained mentors at your placement provider, together with alliance and university colleagues, to meet the standards for QTS.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Catholic Teaching Alliance Blackburn Hub
St Bede’s RC High School, Green Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4SR
Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Main Site
Our Lady’s Catholic High School, St Anthony’s Drive, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3SQ
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.
The University of Cumbria can advise on equivalency test providers that they, as the awarding body, will accept. Typically, there are costs involved in sitting equivalency tests.
Passion, professionalism and purpose.
We are looking for people who have an ability to inspire others, a passion to transform young lives and a willingness to learn the profession of teaching from outstanding practitioners.
Inspire others, transform lives, teach.
A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Background clearance check prior to starting the course.
Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.
We strongly recommend that you obtain some secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
‘Aspirational training to achieve inspirational teachers with pupils’ learning and well-being at the heart of our partnership’
Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us.
The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012.
School Direct placements across the partnership ensure that trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. We use the best qualified staff with existing expertise to deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.
On the interview day we want you to demonstrate strong subject knowledge, display a passion for your subject, develop a positive rapport with pupils and have the ability to inspire learners.
The key parts of the interview day are:
A twenty-minute mini -teach. We will let you know the topic beforehand and you will teach a small group of pupils.
Written tasks. The first is based upon the importance of managing behaviour; you will have chance to prepare this in advance. The other is a subject knowledge audit, i.e., questions on your chosen subject area.
Face to face interview with staff from the Catholic Teaching Alliance.
We will provide more structured information nearer the time of interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so is accessible at a distance.
Library and Student Services (LiSS) at the University of Cumbria supports your learning, teaching and research needs by providing pro-active, academically focused services, innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. LiSS is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, enhancement and information, academic skills development, student health and wellbeing, disability services and student development. For more details please refer to www.cumbria.ac.uk/liss.
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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