Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Religious Education (3BZH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.bthcc.org.uk

Contents

About the course

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Religious Education is a demanding curriculum area where pupils reflect on their own beliefs and values and develop critical thinking skills to enable positive action in their communities. Trainees will encounter cultural diversity through visits to places of worship from the six major religions in Manchester and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

We have state-of-the-art teaching facilities at the £139 million Brooks Building in Manchester.

Religious Education is a shortage subject and the opportunities for gaining a first appointment are very good. Many RE teachers become heads of department early in their career, as they are often quite small departments which have considerable autonomy. Since Religious Education includes aspects of pastoral care and cross curricular dimensions, such as Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship which open up the wider aspects of teaching, opportunities for promotion are very good.

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 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.

You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Religious Education. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

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.

You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, Equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education programmes, at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

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
  • a good standard of 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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £17,500

About the training provider

Our expanding and oversubscribed school has 1565 pupils from 11-18 years of age including 186 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 2021, 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

Manchester Metropolitan University has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available.

The School of Teacher Education and Professional Development is proud to have been training teachers and education professionals for over 100 years.

Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

Trainees have access to NQT alumni support in their first year of teaching.

There are close links with their Educational and Social Research Institute

(https://www.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/secondary/train-to-teach/school-led/)

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 contact school reception 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 students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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

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