Bishop Challoner Training School Geography (3624)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct

Contents

About the course

Course aims:

  • to gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • to build confidence and help you reflect on your professional practice
  • to become an authority on the latest curriculum development, issues and innovations
  • to learn to manage pupils’ behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
  • to grow confidence in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
  • to leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules.

This will be through three core modules:

Subject Studies: You will learn all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.

Professional Studies: You will learn about working in classrooms and schools, and the broader context of teaching today.

Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day. After the Summer half term, trainees will be in school 5 days per week.

Training days will mainly take place at the University of Warwick with some days being held at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

School placements

The main placement school for an applicant is discussed at interview, so that individual requirements can be taken into account. With most of our schools being located in or near the Birmingham area, travel time is not usually a problem.

Successful applicants will know which school will be their main placement when they are offered the place.

The second school placement takes place in the first half of the Spring Term, and this will be discussed with the trainee and their school mentor before any decisions are made.

Trainees are also required to spend one week (or equivalent) in a primary school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

  • energetic
  • good communicator
  • able to inspire and enthuse
  • good organiser
  • imaginative and creative
  • confident and resilient

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Bishop Challoner Training School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 30 primaries, mainly located across the Birmingham area with some schools situated in the surrounding areas of Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.

Being a large TSA, with a long and proven track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places all through the School Direct PGCE route. Having a large Alliance means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year.

There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you. They undertake training for their role every year with the University and with BCTSA. We have an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced mentors from Alliance Schools who visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year. This is in addition to the support provided by the University.

To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond.

Come and train to teach with us and ‘Inspire : Teach : Excel’

(http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct)

Interview process

Once an application has been submitted Alliance schools that have requested a trainee in a particular subject will decide if they want to interview. Please contact us to find out the latest list of schools with vacancies in particular subjects.

If more than one school wants to interview, the interview will be held at Bishop Challoner Catholic College and representatives from the interested schools will attend. When inviting applicants to interview they will be notified which schools will be represented on the interview panel.

If there is one school that wants to interview, the interview will be held at that school.

If the applicant is successful and several schools want to offer a place, the applicant can visit the schools and decide which school they prefer. This does not mean they have accepted a place at that school, it just means that they know that the Bishop Challoner offer is for that particular school.

Interviews consist of:

  • a short teaching session
  • a written task
  • a formal interview.

Detailed guidance will be provided about the interview process and what is expected when you are invited.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Within our Alliance of schools, BCTSA hopes to be able to provide a welcoming, accessible route into teaching for candidates with disabilities and other needs. The caring, nurturing focus of our mentors and trainers aims to look after those who are keen to progress through the programme and become classroom teachers. The University also provides a range of academic and professional support.

Previously we have supported trainees with a range of physical impairments, including timetabling of lessons to ground floor classrooms for those who cannot use the stairs; extra preparation time for those with dyslexia and autism, and extra support for those with mental health conditions.

By seeing our trainees as individuals, no two types of support are the same. By encouraging a caring and supporting ethos within our partner schools, we work with individuals to work out the best way to help them gain the most from their School Direct year and to start their teaching careers confident and ready to teach.

Contact this training provider

Email
c.taylor@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk
Telephone
01214416175
Website
http://www.bctsa.org/Apply-For-School-Direct
Address
Challoner House
21 Institute Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7EG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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