Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance
Computing (2H2Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
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.becketonline.co.uk/teachingschool

Contents

About the course

Course aims:

  • to gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • to build confidence and help you reflect on your professional practice
  • to become an authority on the latest curriculum development, issues and innovations
  • to learn to manage pupils’ behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
  • to grow confidence in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
  • to leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules.

Subject Studies: You will learn all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.

Professional Studies: You will learn about working in classrooms and schools, and the broader context of teaching today.

Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day at University.

Training days will take place at Nottingham Trent University.

Interview process

Due to current government guidance, our selection process will be in the form of online tasks and video conferencing.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview at Nottingham Trent University.

You will then be invited to attend an interview with us, usually held online with the Alliance school you have applied for, where you will be welcomed by a member of the NCTSA Teaching School team.

At interview you may be given the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge through a short activity. You will also give a 5 -10 minute presentation on a topic connected to your interest in your subject area and your motivation to teach and a formal interview.

Throughout the process you will be able to ask questions and seek support with the next steps open to you.

How school placements work

We believe contrasting placements are the key to a rich and diverse training experience, so as well as your main placement school you’ll also spend six weeks in another school. You will also undertake a shorter placement in other environments such as a feeder primary school. This means you’ll be exposed to all kinds of teaching experiences and challenges, gaining a clear insight on how to teach a full spectrum of learners in a range of school contexts.

We have close links with a number of selected partner Secondary schools across the East Midlands, which enables you to access a diverse range of establishments during your teaching practice. Our network of partner schools offer you a breadth of experience and the opportunity to train in schools of different sizes and specialisms.

Fees

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

Students are responsible for paying their own university fees

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 Computing 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

You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).

A UK first degree with honours (or equivalent qualification). NARIC may be required.

We ask that your degree is at least 50% relevant to the subject that you wish to teach. (2:1 preferred but we will consider 2:2)

Personal qualities

  • Desire and passion to become a teacher and to challenge and inspire your students.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proficiency in both written and spoken English.

  • Strong subject knowledge and an understanding of it in the context of educating young people.

  • Commitment to high standards and excellence.

  • A wider understanding of the purpose of education.

  • Resilience and determination to succeed both as a trainee and as a teacher.

  • The ability to meet the mental and physical demands of classroom teaching.

Other requirements

  • DBS Checks.

About the training provider

We are delighted that you are considering training with our Alliance and we would really like you to apply to join us. Providing a high level of care and support for our trainees is part of our ethos. Our places are open to all applicants who share our values and are passionate about supporting the learning of our students. Our Alliance is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve outcomes for all students in all of our schools. Our schools have a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. School Direct gives us the chance to select and train our own outstanding teachers of the future.

If you choose to train with us you can expect:

  • successful trainees will obtain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by the end of the programme
  • a programme that gives you four days a week in school and one day a week at University
  • the chance to observe and work with outstanding teachers
  • outstanding mentoring from an experienced and trained mentor
  • a bespoke programme of support sessions
  • a comprehensive induction programme
  • a second school placement in a contrasting school

We are working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, University of Leicester, University of Derby and Bishop’s Grosseteste Lincoln.

We are committed to identifying, training and developing outstanding teachers of the future.

About the accredited body

Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2017 The title is the most coveted honour in the prestigious Times Higher Education awards, rightly dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector.

Nottingham Institute of Education’s reputation is long established. We’ve been training teachers for over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.

You will receive lots of support based around your school placements, planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We coordinate support and access arrangements for disabled applicants with specific learning difficulties. We work with academic staff, Universities and external agencies to meet individual access requirements.

Our commitment is to ensure that everybody has an equal opportunity to become an active part of school life irrelevant of their needs.

The Teaching School is committed to equality and aims to comply with the Equality Act (2010).

Contact details

Email
v.scott@becketonline.co.uk
Telephone
0115 982 4280
Website
http://www.becketonline.co.uk/teachingschool
Address
The Becket Way
Wilford Lane
West Bridgford
Nottinghamshire
NG2 7QY

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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
All Saints’ Catholic Academy
Broomhill Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 6BW
Yes S
Alliance Secondary Schools
NCTSA Offices, The Becket Way, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QY
Yes G
Christ the King School
Darlton Drive, Arnold, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 7JZ
Yes Y
St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy
Abbot Road,, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 4HX
Yes H
The Becket School
The Becket Way, Wilford Lane, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, NG2 7QY
Yes -

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