West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary)
Psychology (36CJ)

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 36CJ leads to PGCE(M)QTS. Further clarity on the significance of teacher training qualifications can be found here.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) in partnership with (and accredited by) 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 at application. Later, if there is a vacancy in your host school and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our 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 on-going CPD.

TRAINING

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

UCL draws on current research to inform a student’s psychology and social science teaching, encouraging them to engage with recent debates, literature and policy. Our underlying aim is to develop students as reflective and highly skilled teachers.

The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the university, together with time in school.

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.

Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor will visit you 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.

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.

How school placements work

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

The two schools offering a place on this Psychology course are

  • Sacred Heart High School, W6
  • St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1
  • The Fulham Boys’ School, W14 (moving to SW6)
  • West London Free School, W6

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.

Fees

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

Financial support

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

The DfE does not offer bursaries for Psychology.

You can however take out a student loan if eligible, 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 below.

Funding My Training - A page on the DfE’s ‘Get into Teaching’ website

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

  • A UK Bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) with at least 50% Psychology content.

  • Preferably Psychology A-Level at Grade C, plus an additional social science or humanities subject.

  • A GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C (or Grade 5 for GCSEs sat in 2017 onwards) in both English Language and Mathematics

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

WLTSA complies with UCL’s Psychology 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.

Offers conditional on satisfactory DBS check and occupational health check administered through the university (approx. total £157) after offer 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 - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Sacred Heart High School, W6 7DG
212 Hammersmith Road, London, W6 7DG
Yes 1
St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1
Clifden Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 4LT
Yes A
The Fulham Boys’ School, W14 9LY
Mund Street, Gibbs Green, London, W14 9LY
No F
West London Free School, W6 9LP
241 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9LP
Yes 2

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