West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary)
Computing (36B7)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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.

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 OUTCOME

This course 36B7 leads to PGCE (M) QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications. We make prompt shortlisting decisions and will liaise with you quickly if we need additional information.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) as Provider (in partnership with (and accredited by) the University of Roehampton.

WLTSA enables you to choose your host school. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for 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 then remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our on-going CPD.

TRAINING

You would enrol at the university and attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied 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.

As a guide: Typical Timetable

The university is at the forefront of computing education, with staff contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national/international level.

The programme includes practical activities, independent study, group work and academic input. Written assignments allow you to pursue your own professional interests from a foundation of core pedagogic subject knowledge.

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 and 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.

Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor visits you to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.

You will have the opportunity to teach KS3-5. KS3 focusses on digital literacy, computer science and information technology. At KS4, lessons include the use of algorithms in computer programs as well as developing students’ knowledge of current and emerging technologies. KS5 explores the theory of computation and the fundamentals of data representation and computer systems.

Interview process

The interview process may change as the year progresses depending on the Covid situation. Prior to Covid there would be an interview at your chosen host school which included a classroom task. You would be asked to bring originals of your relevant qualifications where possible.

We have since moved to an online interview arrangement and we anticipate that this new system will persist certainly throughout the autumn term, and possibly for the remainder of the year.

You will be sent technical arrangements for the interview directly by the school and you might be asked to complete a brief subject audit questionnaire. This will help us to establish the range of your subject knowledge and whether or not a free subject knowledge enhancement course may be needed as a condition, if an offer is made. This can all be discussed at 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 you are still taking your degree or GCSE equivalency tests, that’s fine but if you don’t have access to original certificates of exams already taken for your degree and maths and English GCSEs, this is something that you should start to resolve now. We can still make an offer subject to later verification of your qualifications but certified copies can take a while to arrive.

We try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of interviews.

How school placements work

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.

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

You can read descriptions of each of these schools 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. 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.

Fees

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

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Full details of scholarships, 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Computer related degree at class 2.2 or above.

We welcome graduates from a range of backgrounds e.g. those with digital making skills, industry experience, practical experience of software development or a degree in computer science. Some offers may be made subject to completion of a subject knowledge enhancement programme.

  • At least GCSE Grade C (4) in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.

Where appropriate, please read our important guidance on Overseas Qualifications and if necessary also about GCSE Equivalency tests.

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 is important. Tutoring experience could be helpful. We recognise that it may not be possible to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons while schools are maintaining discrete separation of their pupils in relation to Covid. Top tips for getting some observational experience.

Offers are conditional on satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check (approx.£52) and occupational health check (approx. £20) both administered through the university after an offer is accepted.

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.

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 details

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

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Choose a training location

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Gumley House Convent School, TW7 6XF
Gumley House Convent School, St John’s Road, Isleworth, London, TW7 6XF
Yes V
Sacred Heart High School, W6 7DG
212 Hammersmith Road, London, W6 7DG
Yes 1
St Benedict’s School, W5 2ES
54 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, W5 2ES
Yes B
St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1
Clifden Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 4LT
Yes A

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