Castle Newnham Partnership
Biology (2SKC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Bedfordshire
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.castlenewnham.school

Contents

About the course

Castle Newnham works in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire to provide you with a course that has a predominantly professional focus. You will undertake placements in two different schools and spend one week in a primary setting during your training. You will be supported throughout by a skilled, energetic and dedicated Science team and an experienced mentor.

Each Friday is spent at the University of Bedfordshire alongside other PGCE students.

Interview process

School interviews take place at Castle Newnham School with social distancing in place. You will be able to meet members of staff, see our facilities and ask any questions you might have about the course.

The university part of the interview will consist of webinars and video interviews to replace face to face methods during COVID19 - please apply as normal.

The university interview will consist of an introductory talk, followed by an activity about your passion for your subject and a personal interview with a secondary subject tutor from your course.

University lecturers and representatives from partnership schools will conduct the interviews and subject knowledge across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 will be explored.

How school placements work

Over the year you will have two different placements. You will spend four days per week in your school placement and Fridays are spent at The University of Bedfordshire with other PGCE trainee teachers.

At Castle Newnham School, teaching staff work in primary or secondary teams. We are firmly committed to developing the skills of all our staff and we are the lead school in the training partnership (Schools Direct) with the University of Bedfordshire. We hold weekly teaching and learning briefings to which all staff make a contribution to ensure we include evidence, research and debate in our practice.

Fees

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

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may 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

Applicants must possess, or be working towards a minimum of 2:2 Honours degree in Biology- or demonstrate through their degree transcript (with, if necessary, a pre-course subject knowledge enhancement course), sufficient subject knowledge to start the course.

All applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C/4 English language must have a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each area.)

Personal qualities

You need to be enthusiastic and dedicated with excellent subject knowledge and the ability to enthuse pupils.

Other requirements

It is important that your application is presented in an accurate and professional manner. Your personal statement is your opportunity to provide your reasons for wishing to pursue a career in teaching, to mention any additional skills you may have and to reflect on your experiences.

About the training provider

Our partnership includes a group of very successful and growing secondary schools and a number of very well established primary schools. Each school has great experience in supporting trainees and new entrants to the profession and each is staffed by dedicated, ambitious and supportive colleagues. Trainees will find themselves well supported and with access to innovative practice and high-quality professional development.

Why choose the Newnham Partnership? Our partnership has been built on ambition - for our pupils and for our staff - and this includes our trainees. Our schools are expanding and developing and always keen to recruit the very best new teachers to work with our wonderful pupils.

Our trainees strongly recommend the course on the basis of the training they receive, as well as the feeling of being part of a warm and supportive partnership.

About the accredited body

‘Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching’

Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please visit our website to to read all of our policies.

http://www.castlenewnham.school

Contact details

Email
rwilkes@castlenewnham.school
Telephone
01234303403
Website
http://www.castlenewnham.school
Address
Polhill Ave
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK41 9DT

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