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Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Aspirational Teaching Alliance of St. Helens Physics (2Z99)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.hopeacademy.org.uk/770/aspirational-teaching-alliance-st-helens

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022

Contents

Course summary

The Secondary Schools Direct programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of their chosen subject specialism in depth. This course aims to develop and integrate subject pedagogy and theory with classroom practice and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of their chosen subject across the 11-18 age range. The Aspirational Teaching Alliance of St Helens works in affiliation with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope. These offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

School placements

Successful candidates are selected based on the strength of their applications and interview. All of our home and away placement schools are based within the St Helen’s Local Authority. There is an opportunity to be based in both 11-16 schools and those with a sixth form provision 11-18. The Aspirational Teaching Alliance is partnered with 10 St Helen’s schools. Successful candidates will be assigned two school placements. One will be a home placement school and an additional six week away placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Physics 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.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We aim to provide our aspiring teachers with the unique opportunity to develop into successful leaders of learning. We are incredibly passionate and committed in providing our students with a high quality education which enables them to thrive, both academically and spiritually. You will work alongside like-minded individuals and join us in our journey to outstanding as well as developing your own continual professional development. Our staff are eager to guide new members of staff in developing themselves as professionals so they can experience a truly rewarding career choice.

Hope Academy, a joint Catholic and Church of England Academy situated in Newton-le-Willows, is the lead school of the Aspirational Teaching Alliance and sponsored by Liverpool Hope University. Our Alliance has brought together a wide variety of schools so that your training experience will be a comprehensive one. It draws on the strengths and high achievements of our schools covering all key stages so that you will be fully qualified, prepared and equipped to contribute to educational improvement and school leadership as your own career develops.

As a training provider, we work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and several secondary schools across St. Helens to ensure that we provide stimulating and challenging training to all of our aspiring teachers. Our School Direct Teacher Training programme has been carefully planned to ensure that you receive a personalised experience, drawing on your own knowledge and experience so that you are the driver of your own success.

About the accredited body

Accreditation of qualified teacher status awarded by Liverpool Hope University.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by School Leaders representing the Aspirational Teaching Alliance. Interview panels will include subject specialist teachers from our 10 St Helens Partnership Schools, as well as colleagues from Teacher Training routes at Liverpool Hope University. Applicants inviting to interview will attend one recruitment day. This will include a literacy and numeracy test.

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

We endeavor to support candidates with additional needs. Our course has previously supported candidates successfully with additional needs such as Dyslexia, Mental Health Conditions, English as an additional language, and both physical and hearing impairments.

We work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and our St Helens partnership school to create bespoke care plans to ensure accessibility to our teacher training programme between both university and school based settings. Based on the needs of the individual successful candidates.

Contact this training provider

Email
Rachel.Bradburn@sthelens.org.uk
Telephone
01744671930
Website
http://www.hopeacademy.org.uk/770/aspirational-teaching-alliance-st-helens
Address
Ashton Road
Newton-leWillows
Lancashire
WA12 0AD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022