West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary) Business Studies (2XWH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
Financial support
Student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/

Contents

About the course

QUALIFICATION

This course 2XWH leads to PGCE(M)QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) in partnership with (and accredited by) the UCL (Institute of Education). We make prompt shortlisting decisions and will liaise with you quickly if we need additional information.

WLTSA enables you to choose your host school. Later, if there is a vacancy and they want to retain you, you can be employed the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our other secondary schools could also employ you this way and we operate a pool.

Our aim is to produce exceptional teachers who can remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our ongoing CPD.

THE TRAINING

You would enrol at the university and attend the same university sessions with those who had applied directly through the university; have full access to university facilities and mentors; and the university still awards your PGCE. WLTSA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.

The Business Education PGCE prepares you to teach across the 14–19 age range, helping you develop the professional skills and attitudes to teach business in schools and colleges, as part of both academic (A level and GCSE) and BTEC courses. You would attend a range of lectures and workshops with other secondary teacher trainees, including those relating to teaching and assessing, classroom management, child protection.

At school, through an initial programme of observations, you will become familiar with the workings of the school and department (pupil groups, pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).

You will be treated like a member of staff. With your school mentors, you will feel supported as you become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent experienced teachers who undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills.

Your university tutor will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your university tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.

You will have the opportunity to teach both KS4 (GCSE) and KS5 and take an active part in extracurricular activities such as organising business trips. Examples of KS4 topics include effective financial management, putting a business idea into practice and marketing.

School placements

With WLTSA you select the main host school at application. We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL

The characters and location of our schools are varied. When deciding on your preferred host school, we need you to consider where you might eventually like to work and how accessible it is to where you live. The schools seeking trainees on this particular course are listed below.

  • Drayton Manor High School, W7
  • Gumley House School, TW7
  • Sacred Heart High School, W6
  • St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1

You can read a description of this school in our overall WLTSA Secondary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.

Please be aware that we have other WLTSA secondary courses at other schools. You can make three choices overall when you apply.

THE TECHNICAL BIT!

You don’t have to restrict yourself to one school within a course, but each school would count as one application and you get three choices overall in Round 1. Please also be aware that we have so many partner schools that we have been forced to split artificially on UCAS into three provider names. See How to apply & how to choose more than one school on a course.

If you apply to more than one of our schools, it’s helpful if you email us confidentially to confirm which is your first choice so that we can try to ensure a sensible order for the interviews.

BE STRATEGIC WHEN YOU APPLY

You can always contact us to ask how many applications (if any) are being considered by different schools at the point that you are about to apply. We also keep our website up to date so that you can see which schools have already shortlisted and are interviewing.

We commonly interview individually whenever a good application is received.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • UK Bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) in Business-related subject.

  • GCSE at Grade C (or 5) or equivalent in both English Language and Mathematics

Where appropriate, please read our important guidance on Overseas Qualifications and GCSE Equivalency tests

Offers are conditional on satisfactory DBS check and occupational health check both administered through the university (approx. £157).

WLTSA complies with UCL’s Business Education requirements.

Personal qualities

We want you to have passion and enthusiasm. We need trainees who can engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

  • committed to championing their students;
  • open to learn about children’s physical/social/emotional/cognitive needs and how these can affect behaviour;
  • in good health with the ability to cope with stress. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but it also requires an element of resilience!
  • professional and committed to equal opportunities;
  • able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these.
  • have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at yourself.

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is also important. We recognise that it may not be possible to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state secondary school but this observation is not a ‘requirement’ and we recognise that it is unlikely to be possible for anyone while schools are maintaining discrete separation of their pupils in relation to Covid. Top tips for getting some observational experience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Full details of DfE bursaries and Student Finance England loans as referred to above can be found on Funding My Training - A page on the DfE’s ‘Get into Teaching’ website

As a guide:

  • Bursary eligibility simply depends on your residency status and whether you have a degree of at least a 2.2
  • Depending on your residency status, you can take out a student loan. You can do this even if you already have an undergraduate loan. Loans for tuition fees are not means tested (whereas loans for maintenance are means tested) but you should confirm this using the link above.

While not provided directly by WLTSA, please be aware that as a full time student you would be eligible for cheaper travel in London using a student oyster card and in many boroughs you can get a reduction on your council tax payments.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

We are a large alliance of 60 schools spread across West London. We have formal partnership arrangements with three universities.

The designation of ‘Teaching School’ is being withdrawn by DfE in Sept 2021 for all Teaching Schools across the country. Our operational delivery will continue as before, simply with a new name the West London Teacher Training Partnership.

OUR APPROACH TO TRAINEE RECRUITMENT

We pride ourselves in the support that we provide potential applicants and in the speed of our shortlisting. We have a detailed website which is a good place to start but we also run fortnightly information plus Q&A sessions. These explain the different qualifications; different routes into teaching; finance; and how it all works!

Currently these sessions are online due to Covid restrictions. This may change over the course of the academic year. See how you can join one of these sessions here: ‘WLTSA Information Sessions and Q&A

‘That’s the first time that I have ever properly understood it all. Brilliant!’

Our office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

You choose schools when you apply. If you perform well but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we continue to work with you, recommending you to other schools of your choice rather than rejecting you.

We place significant emphasis on getting a good fit between trainee and school because we are all keenly focused on recruitment for qualified teachers in our alliance schools the following year.

Interview process

We consider each application as it comes in individually and we try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of the interviews.

COVID CHANGES

The interview process for this course may change as the year progresses depending on the Covid situation.

Prior to Covid, we had a two-stage process with two face to face interviews, one at the school and another at the university.

The school interview included an opportunity for you to join a class to assist or to teach something for a short time. At the university you would take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and might also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject. You would have the opportunity to take a self-guided campus tour.

We have now moved to a new system where both these interviews are online. This new system will persist certainly throughout the autumn term, and possibly for the remainder of the year.

ONLINE INTERVIEWS

If your application is deemed to be sufficiently good, we will let you know that you have been shortlisted and the school will contact you with technical arrangements for the first stage online interview.

You will need to email scans of your degree and Maths and English qualifications to WLTSA centrally (Alex Dijkhuis) adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk

If successful we will refer you on for the second stage online interview with the university. The university will contact you with technical arrangements for this.

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTSA and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.

You can also find support and information from the university accrediting the course that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY offers advice and support to their students who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. St Mary’s Dyslexia and Disability Co-ordinator (DDC) works closely with the other members of the Student Services team, supporting students in their time at university assisting them to be proactive in their studies as an independent learner. http://www.smuc.ac.uk/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability/

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Disabilities/Support/

UCL: School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:- https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-support-and-wellbeing

Contact this training provider

Email
adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 748 7600 x290
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/
Address
WLTSA Teaching School c/o Sacred Heart High School
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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