Southam Teaching Alliance Physics (Z269)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.southamcollege.com/teaching-school

Contents

About the course

The School Direct training route will prepare you to teach Biology to students aged 11 to 18. The PGCE course at the University of Leicester is divided into two halves, Phase A and Phase B, each with clearly delineated priorities to guide progress towards successful completion. Two-thirds of the time (currently 24 weeks out of 36) is spent in schools, starting with a two week preliminary attachment to a Primary school with time spent in a Secondary school that its pupils transfer to. You should consider this course if you have a passion for the subject and would like to contribute to young people’s development by supporting them to acquire a knowledge base for life long skills in science. At the University of Leicester there will be a set amount of PGCE assignments to complete across the course. Within our school, you will receive specialised support from a subject mentor and a professional mentor. You will have regular mentor meetings to review your progress and reflect on how your teaching is developing. We aim to produce teachers who are outstanding in their practice, self reflective and engage in action research to support their further development. At the University of Leicester you will be taught by teams of highly experienced practitioners who have a national reputation for the quality of their training. The Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry offer Teacher Training Scholarships worth up to £28,000 to Physics/Physics with Maths and Chemistry trainees. For more information, please visit the government’s Get Into Teaching website.

School placements

We partner with 3 different Secondary schools within our alliance. You may be placed at any one of these schools for a School Direct Training place, where they have indicated they have specialised subject support. You will teach across the 11 to 18 age range in your placements.

Phase A We partner with 3 different Secondary schools within our alliance. You may be placed at any one of these schools for a School Direct Training place, where they have indicated they have specialised subject support. You will teach across the 11 to 18 age range in your placements.

Phase A After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement and liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% timetable.

Phase B During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% timetable.

All students will also undertake a week in a primary school following their Phase A placement to support their understanding of the broader context of education and to support writing of one of the PGCE assignments.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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 a genuine passion for working with young people and supporting their development on both academic and personal levels.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

The fee for a School Direct Training place is paid directly to the University of Leicester by the applicant.

About the training provider

Southam College is the lead school for the recently established ‘Southam Teaching Alliance’, based in Coventry and Warwickshire. We work closely as an alliance of secondary and primary schools with the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester as our HE partners. Southam College is an 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1650 students on roll, 313 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed.

Our last Ofsted report (March 2014) graded the school as outstanding, building upon the outstanding report of 2011. We have used this accolade to spur us on to reaching even higher standards in everything that we do. This is inclusive of raising student achievement, providing a wider range of memorable experience and developing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, we have continued to improve our facilities with the building of a new Science block and state of the art Music block.

Southam College was in the top 10% of schools nationally for Grade 9-4 GCSE results in 2019. 100% of our Sixth Form students gained A*-E in 2019.

There is a strong, supportive mentoring network at Southam College to support initial teacher training. We invest in our trainees from day 1 and seek to provide them with a sustained career in teaching.

Interview process

Interviews will be held with the Head of the Teaching School and either the Head Teacher of Southam College (the lead school for the teaching school alliance) or the Head Teacher or Deputy responsible for Teaching and Learning at either Bilton School (Rugby) or Kineton High School (Kineton). The interview process may also involve a representative from the University of Leciester. During your day, you will also be asked to complete a numeracy and literacy focused task to assess the functional competencies required for a school setting.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

To support candidates with disabilities and other needs we assess how we can help on an individual basis. Southam College is an equal opportunities employer and we will seek to support trainees with additional needs wherever possible.

Contact this training provider

Email
STA@welearn365.com
Telephone
01926 812560
Website
http://www.southamcollege.com/teaching-school
Address
Southam College
Welsh Road West
Southam
Warwickshire
CV47 0JW

Support and advice

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