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Lordswood Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre Biology (3C8D)

PGDE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGDE with QTS

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.lordswoodtrust.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

Students on the secondary School Direct programme undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master’s level.

The course combines school based learning with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University of Birmingham. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, student study areas and online learning support.

School placements

During the programme you will complete two secondary school placements. The main placement school is chosen through your UCAS application and the second school placement is negotiated on an individual basis with our partner schools to offer a contrasting and complementary experience.

During your secondary school placements you will experience teaching students across the 11-18 age range.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Knightlow Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 8QB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • UK recognised honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification, with at least 50% biology relevant to the National Curriculum.

  • Two science A Levels.

  • GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English language and mathematics.

Personal qualities

Successful applicants will be those that:

  • Have a clear and reflective understanding of what good teaching involves.
  • Understand that the training year is demanding in time and effort.
  • Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their educational need and background.
  • Can work in teams with a range of other professionals.
  • Are well organised and able to plan.
  • Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions.
  • Have a commitment to their own career development.

Other requirements

Ideally you will have secondary school experience in the UK and will have spent time within the subject you are applying to teach.

Complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

An enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Lordswood Girls’ School is a school that does not stand still. We are constantly striving to improve on our best, be it with regard to school facilities and the educational opportunities that we offer students, or in the range of innovative projects in which the school is involved and which enable Lordswood Girls’ School to remain at the cutting edge of education.

We are very proud of our position as one of the top schools, both in Birmingham and nationally. The school has been ranked consistently within the top 10% of all schools nationally, based on examination performance at Key Stage 4 and enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic, sporting, and artistic achievements.

Lordswood Girls’ School is a member of the Oaks Collegiate, a group of nine mainstream schools and one special school located in south west Birmingham. Together we work in partnership to develop best practice and improve the quality of learning in all Oaks schools. The collegiate is instrumental in developing and delivering teacher training and offers a comprehensive programme of continuing professional development. Network groups and courses support teachers at every stage of their career, from NQTs to middle and senior leaders.

Through our partnership with the Oaks collegiate we are able to offer teachers who train with us an opportunity to complete their placements in a range of schools; from single sex to co-educational, from special schools to sixth form centres. Further information about our partner schools can be found on our school website.

Interview process

Application forms are considered by the University of Birmingham, Lordswood Girls’ School and the partner school offering the placement.

All successful applicants are invited to attend an interview which normally takes place in the placement school. Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.

Contact this training provider

Email
k.adamson@lordswoodtrust.co.uk
Telephone
0121 429 2838
Website
http://www.lordswoodtrust.co.uk/
Address
Knightlow Road
Harborne
Birmingham
West Midlands
B17 8QB

Support and advice

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