Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College English (2RSR)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
Financial support
Bursaries and 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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.bthcc.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

PGCE Secondary School Direct (English) provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding English teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16 age range in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.

The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.

This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.

At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.

School placements

Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant training. You will be given the opportunity to spend much of your time developing and practising your teaching skills with high quality school placements from across our partner schools.

You will also be offered a programme of training and development delivered by your placement school and university provider. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and will be assigned a school-based Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a University-based Tutor.

The 2 main placements work on an A/B/A rotation where Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, as the lead school, is usually the A placement although this may not always be the case.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Minimum 2:2 honours degree in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects.

Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of English / English Literature in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have an A-level in either English Language or English Literature at grade B or above.

Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

Your degree subject should be in English 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 maths.

Personal qualities

  • maturity and self-confidence
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • a genuine passion and clear reasons for wanting to teach
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability
  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
  • an ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English

Other requirements

Relevant work experience We recommend that you spend at least two days observing in a UK state secondary school prior to attending an interview.

References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching

A personal statement - this plays an important role in the admissions process and successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting. Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,500

About the training provider

Our expanding and oversubscribed school has 1591 pupils from 11-18 years of age including 200 in our Sixth Form College. Our mission statement at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College reflects our commitment to developing the best in all our pupils and staff.

Our most recent June 2013 Ofsted report judged the school to be Outstanding in every area for the third time in succession.

Our university entrance rate is exceptional and other students secured their place with a prestigious graduate apprenticeship provider. In 2022, all our students who wanted to, secured a place at their chosen university with 30% into Russell Group/prestigious universities across the UK.

Our vision is to develop teachers who will become the school leaders of the future. By starting your teaching career at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College we would like to think your first year will be just the beginning. We are proud of our Middle Leaders and Senior Leadership Training programmes which will recognise your potential and give you the opportunity to explore careers management. Our relentless quest for excellence includes providing coaching for every member of our teaching staff. Continuing Professional Development is very much central to our philosophy.

Please visit our website (http://www.bthcc.org.uk/schooldirect)

About the accredited body

They are one of the top ten Education departments in the UK (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022)

Their 2018 Ofsted inspection recognised them as Outstanding across all assessed elements in all their PGCE Programmes which shows the high quality of work done across the Partnership in the training of teachers.

Trainees are taught by experts in education who are active in education-related research.

Secondary subjects are taught by specialist tutors with substantial teaching experience. The tutors are in touch with current educational practice and often contribute to research, policy and curriculum developments.

(https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/school-direct/)

Interview process

BTHCC is the Lead School in the partnership and will be coordinating the recruitment process.

You are welcome to visit the school prior to application - please ring school to arrange this on 0161 911 8090.

Interviews will usually take place at BTHCC. When you come for a School Direct interview there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. We are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability
  • maturity and self-confidence
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants

You will be expected to plan and deliver a 20 minute teaching session - a topic will be supplied in advance of the interview and you will be given information regarding the age and ability of the pupils.

Further details about the interview process will be sent when invited to interview.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College seeks to ensure that staff are supported with any additional needs which they may wish to disclose. All staff, including staff with additional needs or disability, have an equal opportunity to access relevant support and reasonable adjustments in order to fulfil their role within the college. The fundamental principles – as set out in the college’s mission statement – are reflected in college policies on curriculum, pastoral care, equal opportunity and assessment, recording and reporting.

At Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, we will seek to work in partnership with staff and relevant outside agencies to ensure individual needs are met.

The college adopts the principles, policies and relevant sections of the Equalities Act, 2010.

Contact this training provider

Email
RobertMcGuinness@bthcc.org
Telephone
01619118090
Website
http://www.bthcc.org.uk
Address
Urban Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8HT

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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