Wealden Partnership Physics (2RKQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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.

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.heathfieldcc.co.uk/?page_id=566097

Contents

Course summary

The training will be delivered both at the university and by staff at the partnership schools.

Students on the School Direct Training route are automatically registered on the Brighton PGCE and will be required to submit academic assignments, some at Masters Level, during the course. This facilitates progression to an MA Education award after completion of the PGCE.

You will graduate from our Physics PGCE equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent secondary school teacher. Content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice. There are four strands to this course:

  • subject study/subject education
  • education studies
  • school-based training
  • professional development. If your degree isn’t in this subject area or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. Studying with us you will benefit from a range of course features which include:
  • access to over 30,000 specialist teaching resources in our curriculum centre
  • use of our specialist science labs which replicate those used in schools
  • enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase
  • learn from staff who have years of experience as secondary school teachers before joining the university See full details of this course on the University of Brighton website.

For further information on the course can be found here.

School placements

As a trainee teacher on our initial teacher training courses you will have multiple opportunities to put your teaching theory into practice. You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based training during your course. Most of your time will be spent at your main placement school. Six weeks will be spent at your contrasting placement school. Both placements will be at schools in the Wealden Partnership.

Our staff will ensure that you are well prepared for each phase of school-based training, and that you have all the support and guidance you need to make the most of these opportunities. We run bespoke sessions to guide you through the expectations of school-based training and provide thorough guidance in handbooks.

Trainees consistently evaluate their school-based training highly and Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of our courses, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Beacon Academy
Green Lane, Crowborough, TN6 2DY
Yes
Heathfield Community College
Cade Street, Old Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8RJ
Yes
Uckfield College
Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3DJ
Yes
Uplands Community College
Lower High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AZ
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in physics 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.

Please refer to our website for up to date information on accepted providers and qualifications. (https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/applying-to-brighton/undergraduate/entry-requirements/gcse-equivalence-tests/index.aspx)

Personal qualities

We are looking for well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about Physics and keen to share this passion with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range.

Other requirements

We would expect you to have some experience of working with young people in this age group, possibly in a sports club or similar.

It is an advantage to have done some recent classroom observation in your subject area before you come to interview.

All firm offer holders will be required to complete a satisfactory Suitability Declaration, DBS and Overseas Police check plus Occupational Health Questionnaire.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Up-to-date information about financial support can be found here

About the training provider

The Wealden Partnership offers high quality teacher training by dedicated professionals in a supportive and inspirational environment. We have worked with trainee teachers from our local universities for many years and value the enthusiasm, skills and qualities they can offer to a school community. We believe that teaching is a wonderful career and that this is a successful, innovative and vibrant group of schools to work with.

Our partnership of schools is led by Heathfield Community College and comprises three other large secondary schools, Uckfield College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy. All four schools are highly successful and popular 11 – 18 mixed comprehensives situated in semi-rural communities in the north-eastern corner of East Sussex, within commuting distance of the South Coast. The schools are conveniently located within 10 miles of each other and this enables trainees to attend joint training sessions across all schools.

In addition to collaborating on teacher training, the partnership runs joint training sessions for all staff and provides a range of CPD opportunities for individual staff at various stages of their career development. All schools are committed to raising the quality of teaching and learning through raising standards.

Pupils in the partnership schools are happy, friendly and well-motivated and their welfare and progress lie at the heart of everything we do.

Our teachers are innovative and enthusiastic practitioners eager to share their expertise with the next generation of teachers.

About the accredited body

Our training is supported by the University of Brighton, which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education.

The university works with us to provide quality input on how to teach and assess in secondary & primary schools and and also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered in our partnership.

Interview process

If we are interested in pursuing your application we will pass your details to the University of Brighton and you will be interviewed by the University in the first instance before being interviewed by the partnership.

Heathfield Community College is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the interview process. Interviews may take place online or face-to-face. This will involve approximately 2-3 hours spent at one of the partnership schools and will include the delivery of a presentation about a teaching activity you have previously undertaken, a short written task related to a current educational issue and the opportunity to talk to some staff and pupils as well as the formal interview.

Subject staff and at least one Professional Tutor will be involved in the interviews.

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

Our partnership consists of 4 mainstream schools who all have a fully inclusive approach to education and recruitment.

Any additional support required can be discussed during the interview process and support can be put in place if needed.

Contact this training provider

Email
jsheldon@heathfieldcc.co.uk
Telephone
01435866066
Website
http://www.heathfieldcc.co.uk/?page_id=566097
Address
Heathfield Community College
Cade Street
Old Heathfield
East Sussex
TN21 8RJ

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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