Woodrush Teaching School Alliance
Physics (35CQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
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.woodrushtsa.co.uk

Contents

About the course

Physics is the subject which allows us to understand the Universe at the deepest possible level. It brings us a knowledge of the world around us from the smallest features inside atoms to the enormous distances between far-off galaxies. Teaching Physics requires not only a high level of subject knowledge, but also the ability to communicate the elegant theories of Physics to a wide range of ages and abilities. In addition, there is tremendous scope for both practical demonstration and investigation to bring to life in the classroom the ideas which are covered on the pages of the text books.

The course will help you to develop and refine the skills which you will need to become an effective Physics teacher, to inspire the next generation of students to reach higher levels of attainment and gain valuable grounding in a subject which will, in turn, allow them to pursue a great variety of career and life paths.

On the Physics School Direct programme you will gain experience of teaching all three Science subjects, specifically Physics at A-level.

There are 4 assignments across the year which are assessed in a variety of ways. Assignments at Level 6: writing and acting on a series of Action Plans and a written assignment reflecting on first experiences in school. Assignments at Level 7: Creating, implementing and evaluating a resource used in the classroom, and, researching an aspect of teaching and learning and presenting the findings.

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Interview process

Application forms are considered by both the university and the individual schools involved with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance. All successful applicants will have an interview and although this normally takes place at Woodrush Teaching School Alliance, due to COVID interviews are being conducted online. The University and Woodrush jointly design and manage the interview process with the school leading the process. Your interview will consist of a written task, a presentation and a formal interview.

Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.

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How school placements work

Your placement school will primarily be selected on where there are vacancies for your subject. We aim to place you at a school with the minimal travelling distance. You will have two placements at contrasting schools. For primary you will teach ages 3 to 11 and for secondary ages 11 to 18. Woodrush TSA partner with over twenty schools in and across the Midlands and these can all be found at www.woodrushtsa.co.uk.

We have listed the locations that our partner schools will be running placements for the next year. You should indicate your preference of location on your application, this does not guarantee you will be placed at your preferred location. Throughout the year a schools staffing may change and therefore a school not listed may become available in your subject.

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Fees

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

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 Physics 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

In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have a UK undergraduate 2:2 degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.

A GCSE grade C/4 in English and Mathematics for those applying to teach secondary. A GCSE grade C/4 in a Science as well as English and Mathematics if you are applying to teach primary.

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Personal qualities

Successful School Direct students will be those that have a clear understanding of schools in England and of what good teaching involves

Recognise that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential

Have a solid knowledge of their subject(s) and are always committed to further developing this knowledge base

Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their need and background

Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions

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Other requirements

If you studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

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About the training provider

Woodrush Teaching School Alliance is an excellent place to start your teaching career. We aim to develop outstanding practitioners who are creative, highly effective and exceed the professional standards. Educational theory, innovative research and outstanding pedagogy are the foundations of our highly successful training programme.

Early career teachers regard highly the support that they receive from Woodrush. This was recognised by Ofsted in 2018 who said that early career teachers ‘feel fully supported as they develop their skills in teaching and managing pupils’ behaviour. They value the quality of the training and the way in which leaders encourage them to be reflective practitioners. Through this support, newly qualified teachers are able to speak with passion and knowledge about a range of educational topics. All newly qualified teachers spoken to said that they are proud to work at the school’. ​ Woodrush High School, the lead in our alliance, is an 11-18 school on the border of Birmingham and Worcestershire. We place an emphasis on ensuring all of our students achieve the qualifications, and equally important the life skills, to be successful in the world we live in. We have hardworking and well qualified staff who are dedicated to delivering an ever-changing curriculum in a vibrant and exciting way. The curriculum we offer is broad, balanced and inspires students to learn. Staff at Woodrush work as a close and effective team, sharing good practice and providing support for each other. High quality coaching and mentoring is a strength across our alliance.

About the accredited body

Studying at Worcester provides an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching. The innovative design and delivery of the course places the trainee at the heart of a thriving school community.

Substantial number of subject sessions delivered by specialist tutors. Opportunity to broaden your CV by undertaking enhancement activities to give additional experience in SEND, Citizenship, teaching pupils with EAL and Technology Enhanced Learning. You will benefit from their excellent partnerships with schools throughout the West Midlands.

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Graduates enjoy excellent employability prospects as the majority of their partner schools offer early career teaching posts to trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, race, gender reassignment (maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face,

Contact details

Email
teachingschool@woodrush.org
Telephone
01564823777
Website
http://www.woodrushtsa.co.uk
Address
Shawhurst Lane
Wythall
Birmingham
West Midlands
B47 5JW

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