Lionheart Teach Biology (N218)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://lionheartteach.org.uk

Contents

About the course

This highly practical course enables you to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience needed to build on a degree and teach at secondary level. The course will equip you to respond effectively to the issues currently affecting schools. We place a strong emphasis on developing your individual strengths and skills within the context of the contemporary education environment.

The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education; and
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained.

Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry onto a Masters course. Successful completion of the PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in schools or colleges. This practical teaching is supported by both face to face and online University lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials exploring learning and teaching in your subject and in the wider context. Trainees also engage in an independent research project that draws together academic and professional practice.

If you are passionate about science and wish to enthuse the next generation of young people, this course will allow you to fulfil your ambitions and become an excellent science teacher. The course is designed to combine your learning through practice, with an understanding of some of the theory underpinning effective teaching and learning. You’ll also study the use of assessment, out of school activities, and consider the implications of health and safety and safeguarding.

All trainees study the application of their scientific knowledge to teaching situations. University-based study is divided into four areas. This includes science education and the methodology of biology, chemistry and physics.

School placements

School or college experience is central to the Secondary PGCE at NTU. At least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least two secondary schools or colleges. For both placements, training is planned by mentors to enable students to attain QTS. This practical teaching element is assessed on a regular basis via formal observation by a subject mentor and University tutors, enabling us to monitor each individual trainee’s progress and effectively support their development. As a School Direct partnership your placements will be in two contrasting schools within the Lionheart Educational Trust and may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations. This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Beauchamp College
Beauchamp College, Ridgeway, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5TP
Yes
Humphrey Perkins School
74-78 Cotes Rd , Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8JU
Yes
Judgemeadow Community College
Marydene Dr , Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 6HP
Yes
Sir Jonathan North College
183 Knighton Ln E, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 6FU
Yes
The Cedars Academy
Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 4GH
Yes
The Martin High School
Link Rd , Anstey, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 7EB
Yes

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.

Other requirements

  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling.

  • Two references - one academic and one vocational.

  • An interview with both the training school and NTU is part of the selection process.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Lionheart Teach is the Leicester and Leicestershires School Direct Initial Teacher Training run by the Lionheart Educational Trust. Our Trust seeks to develop excellent teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with the high quality teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development. The school direct partnership works with our family of schools across both Leicester & Leicestershire to develop trainee teachers to teach across different settings in our valued communities.

The foundation of our Trust is built on a perfect balance of Academic Excellence and Holistic Development. We realise the importance of delivering quality first teaching; developing well-rounded young people and preparing them for life beyond education. We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching with our supportive team of experts. We pride ourselves on delivering a personalised programme where you can thrive and realise your passion to become a teacher to make a real difference and positively impact on the lives of others.

Our Schools: Beauchamp College, an 11-19 school, Oadby Beauchamp City Sixth Form, a 16-18 college in Leicester City Centre Cedars Academy, an 11-19 school, Birstall Humphrey Perkins, a 11-16 school, Barrow upon Soar Judgemeadow Community College, and 11-16 school, Evington The Martin High School, an 11-19 school, Anstey Sir Jonathan North Community College, an 11-16 girls’ school, Leicester There are 4 primaries in The Trust: Brockshill Primary, Oadby Hallam Fields Primary, Birstall Highcliffe Academy, Birstall Riverside Primary, Birstall

Find out more here: (www.beauchampteach.org.uk)

About the accredited body

Nottingham Institute of Education at NTU is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning and development professionals. With extensive partnership links with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and academies across the East Midlands. We recognise the strength of our links with local schools and the range of specialist placements for trainee teachers, giving them access to high-quality training. We have a growing international reputation, but still retain a strong local presence: our staff work regularly with children and teachers in schools across the Midlands, helping to improve practice, raise standards, and change lives.

Interview process

The interview day - what to expect. All interviews for the 2020-2021 academic year will be conducted online using Microsoft TEAMS.

You will be provided information regarding set tasks which need to be completed prior to the interview day. These will form the basis of some discussion at the interview, including a discussion centred on an activity where you have planned a short lesson.

You will have an individual interview with one of the course tutors. The interview will focus on your personal qualities and skills, your suitability for teaching, your experience of working with young children in school settings and your current studies or employment. You may be required to do other tasks during your interview, such as a presentation based on your teaching subject area, or a group activity.

You will complete an English task of your reading and writing ability so we can ensure that you have a good and accurate use of Standard English.

The whole interview process will take around 90 minutes.

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

Definition of Disability A person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Equality Act 2010)

Reasonable Adjustments: To achieve this level playing field the concept of reasonable adjustment has been established. Please contact as at info@beauchampteach.org.uk to talk about how we can support you.

A vitally important aspect of providing a reasonable adjustment is that the dignity of individuals is paramount. This point is relevant to all of us whatever our role. Disabled people do not want favours and do not want to stand out as special cases. They simply want the same level of opportunity to achieve and to live.

In addition to support available from The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership, as a University of Leicester Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University PGCE student you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

Contact this training provider

Email
info@lionheartteach.org.uk
Telephone
01162729100
Website
https://lionheartteach.org.uk
Address
Ridge Way
Oadby
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE2 5TP

Support and advice

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