Important

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.

Waverley School Direct Physical Education (2J59)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
Financial support
Student finance 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.waverley.bham.sch.uk

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 Physical Education PGCE is an 11-16 programme designed by the Waverley School Direct and Newman University teams to develop your skills and confidence as a teacher in our schools. You will develop an understanding of effective techniques used by experienced teachers, including the use of ICT, and how they can be used to help children of all abilities grasp the more complex ideas in the secondary national curriculum.

We have designed our PGCE course to maximise your experience of classrooms, but also to have access to the depth and breadth of experience of university tutors. The school-led programme starts with summer induction , including liaison with your host school, which you then join for the full academic year in September. We organise a placement in a second school, usually for the six weeks before Easter.

You will benefit from both university-led and school-led sessions: over 15 days’ training at Newman University, focused on subject pedagogy and academic writing support, plus 14 twilight professional studies sessions with Waverley School. There is also the daily support and guidance from your mentor and subject colleagues in school. The university input is front-loaded in September with one day p/w until early October, from when you are in school full-time with an occasional day on academic writing support from Newman. This pattern is repeated in January followed by your second school placement until Easter. You then return to your main host school attachment until end summer term.

You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observation with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection on your progress. You will also complete two Master’s Level assignments of 4000 words each and will be expected to work independently to develop further your understanding of theoretical principles. After your assessment for QTS and PGCE is completed in early July, you will be supported until the end of the summer term to extend your experience through your choice of focus, aimed at enhancing your early career prospects and enabling you to be the best teacher you can be.

School placements

We actively recruit for the trainees we want and need for our core partnership of secondary schools, many of which are within a five mile radius of Waverley School in the east and centre of Birmingham. We all share the common goal of making a real difference through the power of education to the areas of socio-economic disadvantage within which we are located.

We also work with a wider network of schools to offer both main and second placements, numbering another 20 schools we have worked with in recent years. Sometimes a new school approaches us as they already know a potential applicant; and sometimes an applicant introduces a potential new host school to us. We are always happy to consider new partners. Some trainees travel long distances from outside the area to come and work with us so we really value this wider network of partners.

We take many factors into account when selecting main and second placements for our trainees, with home location being a key consideration. We also invite successful applicants to express a preference should they wish following interview and we will take reasons given into account when making decisions.

Our secondary programmes are focused on the 11-16 age range, but we will ensure that you have access to post-16 teaching at your main or second school or as an additional short placement. You may also spend two days visiting other secondary schools in our partnership. Finally you will undertake a placement of up to five days attached to a primary school, including a focus on transition from KS2 to KS3.

Our course is designed so that you benefit from the best that Newman University and ‘on-the-job’ learning can offer. You can expect to spend over 165 days in classrooms working with children, about 30 days of which will be in your second school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Physical Education 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.

A list of accepted GCSE equivalent qualifications together with details of Equivalency Tests from Newman University can be found on the following web page:

https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/gcse-equivalent-qualifications-accepted-by-newman-university-for-teaching-training-courses-programmes/

Personal qualities

You need a passion for teaching and developing young people. You will want to make a difference in some of the most socio-economically deprived areas of Birmingham. You will have excellent communication skills and be reflective, able to respond positively to feedback and learn from your mistakes. We are looking for resilience, trainees who can both work hard and keep trying when things do not go to plan. We need team players, willing to support others – and to be supported. You need to be organised and highly professional at all times. You need to enjoy learning yourself!

Other requirements

The requirements below need to be met by successful applicants following acceptance of our offer:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
  • Fitness to Teach process.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Our partnership of schools work in areas of significant socio-economic disadvantage and, together with our university partners, we are passionate about providing high-quality teaching and learning opportunities to all the children in our care. We really make a difference and we work hard to recruit, train and retain talented new colleagues in our schools. We are now recruiting for our ninth cohort of aspiring teachers.

Key features of our programme include:

  • A range of courses for Foundation/KS1, Primary and Secondary;
  • Full postgraduate PGCE award including 60 credits at Master’s level;
  • A three year commitment to supporting your early career;
  • School-led sessions delivered by current primary and secondary teachers;
  • Extensive support provided by high-quality tutors, subject colleagues and School Direct staff;
  • High levels of employment for our trainees in local schools;
  • The option to develop a SEND focus or other area of interest;
  • Starting your teaching career in Birmingham: great diversity, social life and affordability!

When designing our training programme we draw on some of the unique features of Waverley School, an all-through school housed in modern award-winning facilities. Please come and visit us to find out more!

Interview process

We review all applications to assess eligibility and potential suitability for the programme to which a candidate is applying. We recruit and fill places from when UCAS opens in October, so do not delay in submitting your application. We close courses as they are filled; and at the latest by 1 July 2022.

We work with our university partners to co-ordinate the recruitment process and hold interviews on a regular basis. You will be asked to attend one interview session, usually at Waverley School. A senior Waverley School Direct colleague and a university representative usually join the interview panel alongside a subject and/or phase expert(s). Sometimes partner schools are also represented.

The interview consists of a teaching activity presentation, where we gauge your ability to present information effectively, have an impact on an audience and the level of your subject knowledge. You will be given guidance about this in advance. There is also a set of formal interview questions where we evaluate your experience of working with young people to date, your subject knowledge, and your commitment to, and understanding of, the role of a trainee and teacher.

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

Trainees are encouraged to declare any additional needs that they might have through the initial application process and the Fitness to Teach process for successful applicants. Needs are also addressed through the nature of our individualised training programmes. Our aim is to enable trainees to participate fully in all aspects of their training. All trainees attend Waverley School (and other school sites) for school-led sessions plus the university provider for their course. Please see more information about each main site below.

Waverley School provides lift access to all floors and numerous accessible toilet facilities. There is also step-free access to the Training facility via the car park should lifts not be in service.

Birmingham City University is based at City South campus where all areas which require student access are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a full Disability Support Team available. Please see their website.

Contact this training provider

Email
claire.dugard@waverley.bham.sch.uk
Telephone
0121 566 6600 ext. 31062
Website
http://www.waverley.bham.sch.uk
Address
Waverley School
Yardley Green Road
Birmingham
West Midlands
B9 5QA

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