Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) Computing (292T)

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

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.catholic-teaching-alliance.org

Contents

Course summary

You can choose to train to be a teacher of Computing 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.

School placements

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.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Catholic Teaching Alliance Blackburn Hub
St Bede’s RC High School, Green Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4SR
Yes
Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Main Site
Our Lady’s Catholic High School, St Anthony’s Drive, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3SQ
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in computing 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.

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

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.

We can offer support and guidance with your application at our frequent ‘Drop - in’ information sessions.

Interview process

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.

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

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.

Contact this training provider

Email
CTAschooldirect@olchs.lancs.sch.uk
Telephone
01772 326931
Website
http://www.catholic-teaching-alliance.org
Address
Catholic Teaching Alliance (North)
St Anthony's Drive
Fulwood
Preston
PR2 3SQ

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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