Exeter Consortium
Chemistry (2BL5)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
South West Teacher Training
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.exeterconsortium.com

Contents

About the course

The Science National Curriculum states that “Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”

The Science programme is designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the Science specified in the National Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 3, and your chosen Science specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at Key Stage 4 and at post-16. Trainees join the course with a variety of Science degrees and backgrounds. Few, if any, are confident from the start in all aspects of Science demanded by the National Curriculum or even by their own subject specialism. Early in the course you will complete a personal audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge, initially for KS3, then for GCSE and beyond.

You will spend a minimum of fifteen days at our training centre in Exeter under the guidance of our Science Course Tutor, ensuring you will be able to:

Develop and plan innovative and exciting lessons using a variety of techniques, strategies and approaches, including Laboratory Practicals and e-learning, in order to extend your students’ scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. Assess work for a range of ages and abilities, and ensure effective learning for all students. Develop into a strong, critically reflective, classroom practitioner, who will go on to participate in, and influence the future development of Science Education.

Our trainees specialise in one Science but are prepared to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics, ensuring their employability.

Interview process

Under guidance from the Department for Education, SWTT continues to recruit throughout this period in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Applicants will still be shortlisted in the usual manner. Once shortlisted, applicants will be invited to an online interview that will involve:

  • a short presentation – how would you teach an aspect of your subject to a group of children?
  • a subject knowledge assessment – how familiar are you with the content of the current school curriculum in your subject?
  • a PGCE readiness task assessing your ability to read and write at Masters Level
  • a panel interview with the SCITT Lead and the Course Tutor for your subject, as well as young people from West Exe School.
  • opportunities to meet the core SWTT team and ask questions about the programme.

Interviews take around 2 hours and candidates are given 5-7 days notice to allow them time to prepare.

Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like a part of the South West Teacher Training community.

How school placements work

South West Teacher Training has a wide partnership of fifteen placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience. It’s unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It’s important too that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible. After a week’s Induction, trainees complete three days of experience in a Primary school and then begin the first of two placements in an 11-16 or 11-18 setting. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Graduate Status or equivalent (2:2 minimum)
  • Passes at GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above
  • Successful completion of professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy

Personal qualities

We will be looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • a passion for sharing their subject with young people
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • strong subject knowledge that they can communicate with others
  • a range of experience of school settings or working with young people
  • a professional demeanour
  • resilience and creativity
  • positivity and a strong sense of moral purpose for improving the lives of young people.

Other requirements

Safeguarding is important at South West Teacher Training and all candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks. A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children and young people) and is therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This exemption means that applicants for this post are required to declare all criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and bindovers both spent and unspent in their application regardless of the passage of time.

About the training provider

We are a successful partnership of schools around Exeter, created by the schools themselves. We deliver high quality, school-based programmes, devised in collaboration with our headteachers. One of our great strengths is our ability to personalise training with a strong emphasis on work-life balance and provide 1:1 support.

We offer a rich experience, having a contrasting mixture of schools for placements, consisting of secondaries, around 70 primaries, a hospital school, special schools and FE College. The primaries offer great diversity, from schools of less than 100 pupils to more than 600, from urban sites to small villages.

We demonstrate high employment rates and are recognised as providing well-trained, sought after NQTs.

We pride ourselves on training top quality teachers who:

  • put pupil progress at the heart of everything they do

  • continuously develop themselves using the principles of deliberate practice

  • root their classroom practice in up-to-date and relevant research.

The major benefit of this route is that the Trainee has the opportunity, right from the start, to join an effective school and build practical experience. Trainees come together for the taught elements of the course each week, which is delivered by Senior Leaders in Education and other excellent, current practitioners. A strong and supportive peer group develops, and life-long friendships are forged.

The Primary (3-7 and 5-11) programmes are offered in partnership with SWTT and Bath Spa University, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider for ITT, who deliver the PGCE aspect of the course on site, here in Exeter.

About the accredited body

SWTT SCITT was formed in 1993 with the remit of providing high calibre teachers for Exeter and South West Schools. We pride ourselves in continuing with this challenge, but also with producing teachers who teach across the country. One of the great strengths of SWTT is our ability to personalise the QTS programmes and provide one to one support and challenge for each of our trainees. SWTT is based along with Exeter Consortium at West Exe School in Exeter, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, where some of our training sessions are held.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We believe in creating a supportive environment for all. We provide confidential information, guidance and support to students who have a specific learning difficulty or disability, or a medical condition.

All successful applicants to the programme will be taken through an occupational health check, so that we can then create an access plan to best support them. We will work with all applicants to make adaptations to support their access to the programme. For example, this can include using coloured paper and slides for students with dyslexia, offering additional planning support and considering the best placement schools to support students with accessibility issues and other disabilities. We offer additional coaching support for some trainees, nurture sessions to support in identified areas and will support schools in different ways in order to ensure that trainees have the best opportunities for success.

We have built wellbeing training into our programme as we believe this is important for all our trainees. We have several layers of tutor support to ensure trainees have a comprehensive support package. Trainees also have access to a confidential counselling service which also offers 24hr mental health support, legal, financial and other kinds of advice to assist trainees, whatever their needs.

Our trainees and NQTs consistently rate our pastoral support as excellent.

Contact details

Email
louise@exeterconsortium.com
Telephone
01392 927171
Website
http://www.exeterconsortium.com
Address
Exwick Heights Primary School
Exwick Lane
Exeter
Devon
EX4 2FB

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