Please visit the BCU website for specific details of the course.
This course will develop you to teach your chosen subject to learners in a secondary school. You will spend four days a week in school and one day at university. Your subject mentor and professional mentor in school will support and develop you into the best classroom practitioner you can be; you will observe lessons and gradually teach classes. There is a clear focus on reflecting upon your practice to identify ways to further develop. Throughout the training year you will be formally observed, supported to teach and contribute to the wider context of the school. For example you will also have a tutor/mentor group. In partnership with the university, we will assess your progress against the Teaching Standards and support you to meet these across the year. At university you will work in subject groups and complete assignments as part of the course.
During your training year, you will spend the majority of your time in one school and later in the year you will spend a shorter time in a second, complementary placement. This is to give you a contrasting experience of schools and an opportunity to work with different learners and different practitioners from a variety of schools. The BCU course is structured so that you spend the majority of the first half term at University before entering your placement school around October half term.
We have several Secondary and Primary school partners in our Alliance and are able to offer you the opportunity to really consider the school in which you’d like to spend your training year. On application you will of course select your preferred school and although these placements are subject to availability, the size of our Alliance means we can offer you a second school to consider if your first choice is full.
Ideally we like to see applicants who have some experience in a school setting or in working with young people. This could take the form of work experience/time spent in a school on an observation or voluntary basis or work with extra curricular groups or charity organisations, youth groups, etc.
Of course, although relevant experience will support your application, it is not a requirement.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
You may be asked to pay for a DBS check as part of your University application process.
About the training provider
The Lion Alliance is committed to providing excellent training for teachers at every stage of their career from Initial Teacher Training through to developing school leaders. Our priority is to develop and support you to become the most effective practitioner you can be.
Training with us gives you access to a wide range of highly experienced professionals, all at different stages of their career, who will help in your journey to qualify and enter the teaching profession.
Our Alliance consists of a growing number of primary and secondary schools, located across Coventry and Warwickshire, meaning that we are able to offer you the opportunity to develop your practice and classroom craft in different schools, in different key phases and in different settings.
We offer exceptional support to all of our trainee teachers. Once qualified, training and support doesn’t stop there; we believe in the importance of Continuing Professional Development and use the expertise of colleagues within The Lion Alliance and strategic partners to deliver a range of CPD courses, career stage professional development, as well as bespoke training and CPD.
About the accredited body
Birmingham City University (BCU) is the second university partner that we have engaged with and has meant we have been able to expand our reach across the Coventry and Warwickshire area as well as the range of courses on offer.
Their program is extremely flexible with trainees spending more time with the university to learn academic and subject pedagogy before starting their placements with us in the Lion Alliance. This allows trainees to come into schools and have a deeper understanding of the different ways in which they can teach through self-reflective learning and development.
You will be asked to attend an individual, virtual interview with The Lion Alliance. This will last approximately 1 hour and during that time you will be asked to deliver a short lesson followed by a series of questions.
Your panel will consist of the Head of the Lion Alliance, the ITT Lead from your chosen school, a subject representative from your chosen school and a subject representative from Birmingham City University.
Following the interview you will be asked to complete a literacy and numeracy test. You may also be asked to visit your chosen school.
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 Lion Alliance welcomes applicants with disabilities. We collaborate with highly experienced professionals in each school who always ensure the training year is flexible and inclusive to all. We would welcome working alongside trainees in making necessary adjustments to ensure the day to day environment is as accessible as possible.
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