Wealden Partnership Biology (2RKR)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.heathfieldcc.co.uk/?page_id=566097

Contents

About the course

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

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 Biology and also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered across our partnership.

University sessions take place at various times throughout the course on the University campus and include a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials led by faculty colleagues, outstanding practitioners from partnership schools as well as other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect on the learning and teaching you do in schools.

All School Direct students are assessed formatively through the course and summatively against the Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University of Brighton works in partnership with schools to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst you are on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.

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.

For further information on the course can be found here.

School placements

You will complete your first teaching placement in one of our schools, a short second placement in a different partnership school and then you will return to your first placement school for the remainder of your school-based training. Placement start and end dates are the same as for the PGCE courses run by the university.

All four schools are able to provide access to post-16 learners and the opportunity to experience 6th form teaching in a successful and supportive environment.

We are keen to ensure that placement schools work for both the trainee and schools. Therefore we are happy to discuss placement school preferences during the interview process.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

Requirements for equivalency tests are decided by our University partners.

Personal qualities

We are looking for well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about Biology 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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

When costs such as health or DBS checks, or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

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 students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

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 Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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