Haybridge Alliance SCITT Biology Part Time (3DXN)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 16
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.teachwithhaybridge.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

Secondary Biology (Age Range 11 – 16) Biology is one of those subjects that naturally engage our curiosity. The study of life from the level of molecules to ecosystems provides both challenges and opportunities to be creative, explore, inspire and enthuse. The course will help you develop a wide range of approaches to engage students with subject material and enable them to develop their knowledge and understanding as well as transferable skills. It will also support you in ensuring that you are able to create a positive learning environment and are equipped to deal with the challenges that are faced which help make the role so rewarding.

This course will allow you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification at the end of a two-year period.

You will be expected to work 3 days a week, which will comprise of days in school, the Central Education Programme and self-directed study time. You will spend a minimum of 120 days in school over the 2 years. Mondays are mandatory and will be mainly Central Education Programme days whilst there is some flexibility with the other 2 days. Haybridge SCITT will recommend QTS and Birmingham City University will award PGCE upon successful completion of 3 assignments taken over the two years.

This flexible approach means you can fit training to become a qualified teacher around other commitments, offering a more gradual introduction into the profession. You will still be working towards the teacher standards and will gain QTS and PGCE at the end of the training period.

Trainees will also benefit from the Central Education Programme and Subject Pedagogy sessions that are led by a Subject Specialist. It is your responsibility to secure the required fundamental English and Mathematics skills and we will support you in this process to ensure you can demonstrate competence in the required fundamental English and Mathematics to gain QTS.

School placements

You will be placed in different schools during your training. You cannot pick which schools you want to be in, but your course leader will try to place you in schools you can easily commute to.

You will undertake your fist placement during Year 1 in one of our partner schools. You will be training in school two days a week and attend the Central Education Programme sessions on one day.

Your second placement will take place in Year 2 and will be in a contrasting school to your first placement. You will be training in school two or three days a week.

You will gain experience of working with a range of young people with differing backgrounds, abilities and needs.

You will have a professional mentor as well as a school mentor in each placement school. We work with many schools across the West Midlands and trainees have the opportunity to visit a wide and diverse range of settings. Most subjects involve teaching across the 11-16 age range and trainees will gain experience of teaching across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Other experiences include a three-day placement in a primary school and one-day placements in a special school, a school deemed to require improvement and a school that offers alternative provision. Trainees will also gain experience of working with young people for whom English is an additional language.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bishop Perowne Church of England College
Merriman’s Hill Road, , Worcester,, Worcestershire, , WR3 8LE
Yes
Cheslyn Hay Academy School
Saredon Road, , Cheslyn Hay,, Walsall, , Staffordshire,, WS6 7JQ
Yes
Christopher Whitehead Language College
Bromwich Road, , St John’s, , Worcester, , Worcestershire,, WR2 4AF
Yes
Dyson Perrins School
Yates Hay Road , Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 1WD
Yes
Ellowes Hall Sports College
Stickley Lane , Lower Gornal, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 2JH
Yes
Hadley Learning Community
Waterloo Road, , Hadley, , Telford, , Shropshire, , TF1 5NU
Yes
Hagley Catholic High School
Brake Lane , Hagley, Worcestershire, DY8 2XL
Yes
Haybridge High School Main Site
Haybridge Alliance SCITT, Brake Lane, Hagley, West Midlands, DY8 2XS
Yes
Heath Park School
Prestwood Road, , Wolverhampton, , West Midlands, WV11 1RD
Yes
Hereford Academy
Marlbrook Road, , Redhill, , Hereford, , Herefordshire, , HR2 7NG
Yes
Holly Lodge School
Holly Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7JG
Yes
Hollyhead School
Milestone Ln, , Holyhead Rd, , Birmingham, West Midlands, B21 0HN
Yes
Holy Trinity School
Birmingham Road , Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 2BY
Yes
Hurst Green School
Narrow Lane, Halesowen, West Midlands, B62 9NZ
Yes
King Charles 1 School
Hill Grove House Kidderminster , Comberton Road, Worcestershire, DY10 1XA
Yes
Kingswinford Academy
Water Street , Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 7AD
Yes
Kinver High School and Sixth Form
Enville Road , Kinver, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY7 6AA
Yes
Moseley Park School
Holland Road , Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 6LU
Yes
Ormiston Forge
Wrights Lane , Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6QU
Yes
Ormiston New
Marsh Lane, , Fordhouses, , Wolverhampton, , West Midlands, , WV10 6SE
Yes
Ormiston SWB Academy
Dudley Street , Bilston, WV14 0LN
Yes
Summerhill School Kingswinford
Lodge Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9XE
Yes
Telford Priory School
New Road , Wrockwardine Wood, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 7AB
Yes
The Crestwood School
Bromley Lane, , Kingswinford, , Dudley, , West Midlands, , DY6 8QG
Yes
The De Montfort School
Four Pools Road, Evesham, WR11 1DQ
Yes
The Pedmore High School
Grange Lane , Pedmore, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 7HS
Yes
The Westminster School
Hawes Lane, , Rowley Regis, , B65 9AL
Yes
The Wordsley School
Brierley Hill Road , Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 5SP
Yes
William Brookes School
Farley Road, , Much Wenlock, , Shropshire, , TF13 6NB
Yes
Windsor High School
Richmond Street , Halesowen, West Midlands , B63 4BB
Yes
Wolverley School
Blakeshall Lane , Wolverley, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 5XQ
Yes
Woodrush High School
Shawhurst Lane, , Wythall, , Worcestershire, , B47 5JW
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

Personal qualities

The SCITT Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training and have clear potential to become a teacher. High levels of resilience and self discipline are of paramount importance for successful completion of the programme. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you begin your training year.

Other requirements

International If you studied outside of 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. You will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country or countries that they have lived in for the past five years in order to satisfy the DBS checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £11,250.

Tuition fees are £11,250 (£5,625 each year) and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and/or a 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:- https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding

About the training provider

Haybridge Alliance School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is based at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form and is recognised as providing exceptional teaching and learning with vast experience in delivering and supporting Initial Teacher training (ITT) courses and placements.

Haybridge High School is a well-regarded 11-18 comprehensive school with a track record for excellence including four consecutive Ofsted ratings of ‘Outstanding’. Our Alliance schools are from a range of phases operating within diverse catchment areas with different challenges. Haybridge Alliance SCITT is the lead provider coordinating the SCITT programme and overall training experience. All secondary and primary schools in the Alliance will provide school-based placements for the training year recruited.

The quality of the programmes together with the support received by our trainees ensures that a high calibre of newly qualified teachers enter the profession.

Throughout the duration of the course a weekly programme of professional studies workshops are delivered by practising teachers from across the schools in the partnership. The focus of the programme is to address the development needs of the next cohort of teachers who will teach in our schools. A programme of subject studies is provided by local Specialist Leaders in Education. These sessions are designed to develop the understanding and delivery of a subject pedagogy, reviewing topics such as lesson planning and assessment. This stimulating programme of professional and subject studies explores the philosophy of education and the pedagogy associated with the teaching of a subject.

Interview process

During the day, we assess different skills via various tasks. Skills assessed through individual tasks:

Time management and organisation Subject Knowledge Learners and their progress Articulacy Core Skills

Skills are graded 1, 2, 3 or 4 with 1 being the highest. Scores are examined as part of the decision process and used to identify areas where candidates offered a place may need additional support.

Formal interview: 30 minutes with SCITT Director/Assistant Director To evaluate applicants’ rationale for wanting to become a teacher and suitability to carry out the role. Skills being assessed: resilience/flexibility/articulacy/core skills.

Planning and Teaching Activity: Applicants prepare and deliver a 20 minute activity on a specific topic to a subject specialist.
Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/would learners make sufficient progress within the lesson, articulate/core skills

Subject knowledge interview: Focuses on applicants’ subject knowledge together with the ability to engage and inspire. Skills being assessed: subject knowledge/articulacy. 20 minutes

Presentation: To undertake a ten minute presentation with a member of Staff on the subject of “What makes an outstanding Teacher?” Skills being assessed: time management and organisation/articulacy/core skills.

English Task: To assess applicants’ fundamental literacy skills and ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information. Skills being assessed: time management/articulacy/core skills. 40 minutes

Mathematics Task: To assess applicants’ fundamental numeracy skills and ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information. Skills being assessed: time management/organisation/core skills 30 minutes

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We strive to promote equal opportunities within Haybridge Alliance SCITT and Haybridge High School and Sixth Form has full access for people with all types of disabilities.

We offer bespoke support to cater for any physical, mental or learning disabilities dependent upon the needs of each trainee.

Accommodation is not available through the Haybridge Alliance SCITT and trainees will be expected to find their own accommodation for the duration of the course.

The Haybridge Alliance SCITT does not have child care facilities.

Contact this training provider

Email
abarker@haybridge.worcs.sch.uk
Telephone
01562 881110
Website
http://www.teachwithhaybridge.co.uk
Address
Haybridge High School & Sixth Form
Brake Lane
Hagley
DY8 2XS

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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