Cheshire East SCITT
Computing (M140)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.cheshireeastscitt.org

Contents

About the course

The course is a PGCE QTS award and you will gain a PG Certificate (60 M-level CATS points).

This course combines the theory and practice of Computing, together with approaches to more general ICT skills and issues to teaching in the school context.

The government is very interested in Computing with ICT in schools, and therefore qualified teachers are in great demand as there is currently a shortage of teachers to cover this area.

The course will help you to develop skills to excel as a ICT teacher, teach ICT with different degrees of complexity to a wide range of students, develop strategies for effectively communicating computing concepts to students and work at enhancing your own knowledge and understanding of ICT.

Interview process

The assessment day will involve a range of activities including the delivery of a short lesson, followed by an interview with a representative of colleagues from our Alliance schools. You will also be assessed on your subject knowledge during the day. You will also be interviewed by our student panel and complete a written think piece. All interviewers will consider the following:

  • Your communication skills
  • Commitment and resilience to teacher training
  • Knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
  • Your ability to reflect and evaluate your own practice and the practice of others
  • Personal qualities and knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
  • Your subject knowledge
  • Your ability to interact with both adults and young people

It is a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to recruit the very best candidates and ultimately the best trainee teachers for our students.

How school placements work

You will complete two placements in our partner schools. The first placement will begin in September with focused lesson observations, then you will begin to deliver starts to lessons, team teach and then plan and deliver whole lessons. The second placement begins after February half term, where you will be allocated to a different school within the Partnership which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development.

All of our partner schools have comprehensive intakes and you will have the experience of working with young people of all abilities. You will have the opportunity of spending time in a primary setting, as well as gaining special school experience to focus on transition, SEND and to give you an insight into all types of learners. At least one of your placements will give you access to post 16 learners to give you the experience of working with learners in all phases and contexts. The first placement will start early September and involves teaching practice in school each week, with the majority of Fridays being conference days or subject based days. Our conferences are planned and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners from colleagues within our partner schools.

You will have full access to the facilities of both The Cheshire East SCITT Training Centre and The Manchester Metropolitan University. The majority of your time will be school based but there are a number of days where you will be based at the Training Centre at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and approximately five days at University, to focus on your Masters level work - far reduced compared to a traditional PGCE route.

Fees

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

Tuition fees are £9250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and /or means tested maintenance grant via the student loan company.

There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website: Bursaries and Scholarships

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 Computing 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

Minimum 2:2 Honours Degree (in exceptional cases a 3rd class degree will be considered) or an international equivalent qualification (NARIC checked). An Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course may be part of any offer made. GCSE English Language & Mathematics at Grade C /4 or above, or NARIC checked equivalent. We will consider applicants with GCSEs pending - you may be able to sit English and Maths GCSE equivalency tests. Adult Numeracy, Literacy or Key Skills are not deemed equivalent to GCSEs. Overseas candidates should have Academic IELTS with a score of 7.0 and no less than 6.0 in any component.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious, energetic, dedicated, well-qualified, independent and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject and have the desire, drive and commitment to inspire all abilities in the secondary age range. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the resilience and emotional intelligence needed to become an outstanding teacher and future leader and to be reflective learners. We are looking for applicants who have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to deliver it in an engaging and creative way to inspire learning. It is key to be an effective communicator and a responsible, accountable professional.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory DBS check, including a check of the children`s barred list.
  • An academic reference which is very positive in terms of academic achievement and highly recommends the applicant for a career into teaching. The reference should confirm the person’s suitability to work with children, as well as their personal qualities and attributes.
  • Health check - all candidates should be medically fit
  • School experience is not a requirement for entry to the course, however successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning within an appropriate educational context.

About the training provider

Cheshire East SCITT is a passionate believer in Joint Practice Development with Initial Teacher Training being a key component supporting the professional growth and development of its teaching workforce. Our trainees work towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Masters level which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The PGCE (SCITT) is awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. Cheshire East SCITT works in collaboration with The Chimney House Alliance. Our partner schools are: Alsager School. Brine Leas School. Congleton High School, Eaton Bank Academy, Malbank School and Sixth Form College, Middlewich High School, Ruskin Community High School, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Sandbach School, Shavington Academy and St Thomas More Catholic High School. We also work with two Staffordshire schools, Chesterton Community Sports College and The King’s School, Kidsgrove. These include a free school, two faith schools, two single sex schools and seven 11-16 schools - some large, small, urban and rural. Some have achieved outstanding Ofsted ratings. Our schools have employed many of our trainees. We have established an environment in which staff, students and trainee teachers feel valued and very well supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and were the first training school consortium in the country. We are fully committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers and future leaders and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to our school communities. Our expectations are high and our learning environment is fun yet challenging.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The following schools in the partnership have full disabled access as does The Manchester Metropolitan University:

  • Alsager School
  • Brine Leas High School
  • Congleton High School
  • Eaton Bank Academy
  • Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College
  • Malbank School and Sixth Form College
  • Middlewich High School
  • Sandbach School
  • Shavington Academy

If you do have specific disability access needs, we are happy to discuss your requirements on a one to one basis.

Contact details

Email
lorraine.mellish@hccs.info
Telephone
01477 410544
Website
http://www.cheshireeastscitt.org
Address
Selkirk Drive
Holmes Chapel
Cheshire
CW4 7DX

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