Arden Alliance Physics (37PP)

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

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/home

Contents

Course summary

You will be assigned your own highly experienced subject mentor who will offer one-to-one bespoke training based on your strengths and weaknesses. Arden Alliance has been training teachers via the school direct route for many years and our trainees always extol the virtues of working closely with their fellow subject teachers; the excellent personalised training and, probably most of all, being completely submerged within their subject department and feeling like one of the team.

School placements

Trainees spend 4 days a week in the training school of their choice, and 1 day at The University of Warwick - (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/).
During the course of your training, you will spend 1 week in a primary school setting and a half-term (usually in the Spring Term) in an alternative (complementary) secondary school setting.
We have 6 secondary schools and 4 primary schools within our Alliance and your placement will be in one of our own partner schools. For information regarding our partners, please visit our website - (https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/itt-school-direct/about/partner-schools)

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alderbrook Secondary School
Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SN
Yes
Arden Academy
Station Road, Knowle, B93 0PT
Yes
Henley In Arden
Stratford Road, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6AF
Yes
Light Hall
Hathaway Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2PZ
Yes
Park Hall Academy
Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, B36 9HF
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Important Information about SKE Courses: (https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/itt-school-direct/information/ske)

Your degree subject should be in physics 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

  • Dedication
  • Resilience
  • Strong communicator
  • Passion for your subject
  • Ability to inspire confidence
  • Patience
  • Excellent planning

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,110

About the training provider

Training To Teach with Arden Alliance…

  • Arden Alliance is a made up of a group of Primary and Secondary schools predominately based in and around Solihull
  • We work with the University of Warwick, a highly prestigious Russell Group University, who have been graded ‘Outstanding’ in all categories of their teacher training provision

Why Train With Us?

  • You will be trained by outstanding practitioners
  • We provide a highly personalised and targeted approach to draw upon your existing strengths and facilitate a plan to improve areas for development
  • There will be a focus on subject pedagogy which results in high-calibre trainees who are very well prepared to meet the learning needs of their students
  • You will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a requirement to teach in the state school system as an Early Career Teacher (ECT), along with the academic qualification of a PGCE
  • Our Alliance Days are designed to complement the training provided by the University of Warwick and are bespoke to the needs of all trainees year on year What sets the Arden Alliance apart is our commitment to rigorous and supportive training that develops you as an individual to be a well-rounded member of the teaching profession and enhances your future employability. Our delivery of subject specific pedagogy by outstanding teachers in their field is unique and research shows that this is the most effective form of professional development.

About the accredited body

(https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/)

Interview process

You will be asked to attend the school in which you wish to train for interview/assessment. The process takes a couple of hours and includes a 40 minute literacy/numeracy task; 20-25 minute “micro-lesson” and a formal interview. The purpose of the micro-lesson is to see how you interact and communicate with students. The formal interview will be with a member of the Teaching School team and the Head of Department for the subject you are interested in teaching.
If you are successful, a decision to recommend you for offer will be made within 24 hours and you should expect to hear from The University of Warwick within 1 week of your interview.

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

Arden Alliance and The University of Warwick welcomes candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act. Those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach.

Contact this training provider

Email
traintoteach@arden.solihull.sch.uk
Telephone
01564732610
Website
https://sites.google.com/arden.solihull.sch.uk/ats/home
Address
Arden Academy
Station Road
Solihull
West Midlands
B93 0PT

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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