Agnus Dei Catholic Schools Geography (33NY)

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

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

This School Direct Geography PGCE course combines the development of professional skills needed to teach the subject together with knowledge of contemporary issues in geographical education.

Our Geography PGCE course aims to prepare you with the practical skills needed to help foster the ‘geographical imagination’ of young people. This is achieved by teaching this vibrant and exciting subject in an innovative way to support pupil learning. In addition, it explores current debates and research to help understand the purpose of teaching geography and support trainees in their school placements.

Through critical reflection the programme makes links with literacy, citizenship and sustainability, highlighting the importance of geography in helping young people to become more informed global citizens. Geography PGCE trainees are assessed on their ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, but opportunities for A Level teaching is also included in the programme as appropriate.

The Geography PGCE programme covers all aspects of geography teaching with an emphasis on developing an enquiry approach to learning using fieldwork and ICT to support practical activities and strategies for use in the contemporary classroom. Trainees will be encouraged to use a range of techniques and approaches creatively to teach a wide variety of geographical topics.

Key features include an emphasis on assessment for learning as a tool for development, and on effective planning for the whole ability range to facilitate progress. The experienced geography tutor works in close partnership with trainees, the PGCE secondary team and the placement schools.

For more information about the School Direct Geography Course please see: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-geography)

School placements

During your studies you’ll be allocated two school placements within the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance, which will add breadth to your teaching experience. You will be working in successful departments with experienced mentors.

Our partnership schools offer a rich and diverse training programme for our trainees. We work with partner schools throughout the East London and Essex area. During your placements, you will be guided from working with small groups of pupils alongside a subject teacher towards taking responsibility for whole classes.

Assessments are used to ensure trainees understand and can apply the knowledge. This is done through a range of methods:

Self-assessment Presentations Micro-teaching Essays Practical sessions Lesson observations

Assessment is on-going and against the Teachers’ Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements.

For more information please see: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/pgce/overview.aspx)

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in geography 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

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. A successful applicant will be highly self-motivated, hardworking and deeply reflective. In addition, applicants should be willing and ready to take on advice and feedback, adapt their teaching to suit different learning styles and work successfully in a professional whole-school environment.

Other requirements

At St Mary’s, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.

Your training is most likely to take place in mixed, state comprehensive school environments. If you are choosing to complete some school observation as part of making an informed decision about teaching then we would encourage you to do so in a similar school setting.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Agnus Dei Teaching Schools’ Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn. It provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with St Mary’s University, University of East London, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education (UCL).

The Alliance is a partnership of 15 Catholic secondary schools across South, East, North East London, and Essex, many of whom have achieved an outstanding rating and all of whom have considerable experience of training teachers. Our staff are professional and talented practitioners who regularly share their knowledge, skills and expertise with trainee teachers in their own schools and across the Alliance. Our partnership of secondary schools is led by St Bonaventure’s School and incorporates the following schools:

-Bishop Challenor Catholic Federation -Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood -Cardinal Pole, Hackney -De La Salle, Basildon -Holy Family, Walthamstow -New Hall Independent School, Chelmsford -Notre Dame School, Southwark -Sacred Heart of Mary, Upminster -St Angela’s Ursuline School, Forest Gate -St Benedict’s College, Colchester -St John’s, Chigwell -St John Payne, Chelmsford -St Thomas More, Leigh-on-Sea -The Campion School, Upminster -The Palmer Catholic Academy, Seven Kings -Ursuline Academy, Ilford

Our vision is that staff and students feel valued, experience success and enjoy learning. We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best Catholic school teachers and develop them into the best Catholic school leaders.
Our programme is open to applicants from all faiths, not just Catholics but we expect applicants to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of our partner schools.

Interview process

On the day you will take part in a brief tour of the campus and an informative lecture about the course and our expectations.

You will also be asked to undertake some short written tasks to show your capability in written English, spelling and grammar. You won’t need to prepare for this in advance.

In addition, you’ll be assigned a small group with other candidates and asked to prepare a short presentation about a current educational topic. Each group will in turn present their ideas and engage in discussion.

There will also be a personal interview overseen by one or more members of the PGCE team.

Your performance will be assessed by several people - including senior staff from our partner schools - any decisions about acceptance are only made when all assessments are collated and discussed by the course team panel. At St Mary’s, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.

Your training is most likely to take place in mixed, state comprehensive school environments. If you are choosing to complete some school observation as part of making an informed decision about teaching then we would encourage you to do so in a similar school setting.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

UCL: School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:- (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/disability-support)

Roehampton: The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15. For more information on support for students please see here: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/)

St. Mary’s: St Mary’s aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, including students with additional support requirements. We offer advice and support to our students who have requirements as a result of a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. For more information about student support please see here: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)

UEL: The Disability & Dyslexia Team provides a completely confidential service and any information such as diagnostic reports, medical evidence or DSA Needs Assessments that are received on your behalf will be held confidentially in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy. For more information on training with disabilities and other needs please go to: (https://www.uel.ac.uk/undergraduate/studentsupport/disability/arrange-support)

Contact this training provider

Email
agnusdei@stbons.org
Telephone
0208 472 3844
Address
Boleyn Road
Forest Gate
London
E7 9QD

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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