The course is full time and runs from September until the beginning of July. The Science Subject Specialist will provide a week by week guide which will be followed throughout the year.
The course is made up of General Professional Studies sessions, the Subject Specialism Programme and PGCE modules. It will also involve 2 teaching placements; the first runs from the beginning of October until the first week of December. The second placement runs from the middle of January until June. There will be an enhancement carousel week after your first placement where you will gain experience in Primary, UTC and EAL.
All trainees must demonstrate that they can fully meet each of the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status by the end of the course. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst on teaching placements, and through a series of 3 short assignments. Detailed portfolios of evidence are submitted 3 times during the year to demonstrate how trainees are meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Following the first 2 submissions, trainees receive feedback on their progress.
The PGCE is accredited by University of Sunderland and assessed through 2 written assignments. The 2 PGCE training modules will be held at The Work Place in Newton Aycliffe.
If a trainee does not meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, but has passed the 2 PGCE modules, the credits can still be used towards a MA programme.
You can select your placement school on application however we do reserve the right at St Bede’s to place you on site here or with one of our partner schools, depending on how many places are available at the time you apply.
You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Main - St Bede’s Lanchester
St Bede’s Catholic School, Consett Road, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0RD
St Leonard’s Catholic School
North End, Durham, DH1 4NG
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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.
Before being accepted onto the course, all trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be asked to complete a confidential self certified Health questionnaire, and if appropriate, an Occupational Health Advisor may request to see you for a more formal medical examination.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer.
Completion of Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
By choosing to do your training at St Bede’s or one of our Trust / Network schools, you will be immersed in school life from the outset, interacting with students and learning firsthand from outstanding teachers. We provide an innovative initial teacher training programme which will develop all aspects of your teaching repertoire and thoroughly prepare you for your NQT year. You will practise a broad range of skills in a bespoke training programme that will aim to develop you into an outstanding practitioner from the outset.
You will be allocated a subject mentor from our staff with vast experience to support you through the year. These outstanding classroom practitioners will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject and also provide you with regular feedback and guidance to improve.
St Bede’s works closely with Durham SCITT (School Centre Initial Teacher Training).
You will also complete a Primary placement and Placement B at a chosen Secondary School.
By choosing to train with St Bede’s, you will be working with other enthusiastic and talented trainees as well as outstanding staff.
The first thing we look at is your application form and your references to decide whether or not we should invite you for interview. It is, therefore, important to include all the relevant information on the form to help us make this decision.
If you are invited to interview and have a disability, please let the Course Administrator know in advance if there are any special arrangements that should be made for the interview process, for example large print copies of documentation, additional time for reading or wheelchair access to the interview rooms.
You will be sent information about a 30 minute subject specific teaching task and we will advise which year group and how many students. The interview panel will then ask you several questions to establish your motivation for wanting to teach in your chosen subject area and some administration questions. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the course. After the teaching task and formal interview, you will have a timed written and numeracy activity to complete.
The formal interview panel will be made up of the HT and Subject Leader. A representative from Durham SCITT may also be present.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
St Bede’s Catholic School & Sixth Form College strives to ensure that their provision does not place applicants with declared disabilities at a disadvantage. We make anticipatory adjustments to promote positive equality of access for disabled applicants, including access to benefits, facilities and services. We provide as many opportunities as possible for applicants to identify any special arrangements they may require, for example when inviting them for interview and continue to provide this level of care throughout their journey with us.
We also ensure timely risk assessments are carried out to meet the needs of the individual.
Should any applicants have any disabilities or additional needs, please contact Anna Herdman firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific disability access requirements - each applicant and member of staff is considered on a case-by-case basis.
St Bede's Catholic School & Sixth Form College Consett Road Lanchester Co Durham DH7 0RD
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