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.
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.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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.
You need to be enthusiastic and dedicated with excellent subject knowledge and the ability to enthuse pupils.
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.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
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 Castle 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.
School interviews take place at Castle Newnham School. You will be given a tour of the school and the opportunity to observe a lesson. 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 - 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.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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