University of Brighton Academies Trust School Direct Programme Mathematics (366K)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/careers-and-training/train-to-teach

Contents

About the course

You will graduate from our Mathematics PGCE equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent secondary school teacher. Content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice. There are four strands to this course:

  • subject study/subject education
  • education studies
  • school-based training
  • professional development. If your degree isn’t in this subject area or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. Studying with us you will benefit from a range of course features which include:
  • enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase.
  • studying key research linked to mathematics education – what’s been proven to work in the classroom
  • opportunities to practise your explanations of key concepts and examples to your peers before entering the classroom
  • learn from staff who have years of experience as secondary school teachers before joining the university
  • access to over 30,000 specialist teaching resources in our curriculum centre See full details of this course on the University of Brighton website.

School placements

As a trainee teacher on our initial teacher training courses you will have multiple opportunities to put your teaching theory into practice. You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based training during your course. For secondary courses this is split into two phases approximately 16 weeks and 11 weeks long. You will spend time in two contrasting schools to ensure you gain varied and valuable experiences. We have partnerships with over 600 schools and colleges in the South East offering opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings. School-based training is organised on your behalf by our Partnership Office. At the start of your course you will complete a placement information form which will help us match you with suitable school settings. We will take into account your previous experience, the distance from your home and any individual needs such as caring responsibilities. We aim to minimise your travelling time to placement and wherever possible keep it under 40 minutes. Our staff will ensure that you are well prepared for each phase of school-based training, and that you have all the support and guidance you need to make the most of these opportunities. We run bespoke sessions to guide you through the expectations of school-based training and provide thorough guidance in handbooks. Trainees consistently evaluate their school-based training highly and Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of our courses, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training. You can find out more about school-based training on our website.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Edinburgh Campus,, Edinburgh Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 8HH
Yes
The Burgess Hill Academy
Station Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9EA
Yes
The Hastings Academy
Rye ROad, Hastings, TN35 5DN
Yes
The St Leonards Academy
Edinburgh Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 8HH
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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

You will need a realistic awareness of the teaching profession with the capacity to thrive in a demanding and fast moving environment.

While experience in a school is not a condition of entry for initial teacher education courses we recommend that you take up opportunities to gain a realistic understanding of whether teaching is right for you. We may be able to provide you with this opportunity before you decide to apply; alternatively, the Get Into Teaching School Experience Programme offers opportunities across the country to book a day’s worth of experience.

Other requirements

All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,040

Financial support from the training provider

The School Direct training programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.

Further information is available here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx#fees

About the training provider

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a network of 15 academies in Sussex all supporting each other – and our pupils – to excel.

We believe that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton’s contribution, we want to ensure that our 7,500 pupils are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning.

School Direct is a year-long postgraduate teacher training programme. Trainees spend more time in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence-boosting experience.

Based in one of our academies in Sussex you’ll benefit from a tailored training programme, with personalised support from highly experienced teachers and tutors. You’ll also attend training sessions at the University of Brighton, rated by Ofsted as an outstanding provider of initial teacher training.

We hope that once your training is complete, you’ll decide to continue your teaching career with us. With three large secondary schools, primaries with a range of specialisms from a forest school to expanding infant provision, we’re confident that there will be an opportunity to suit you and your career aspirations.

Interview process

Once we’ve assessed your application, we’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to attend an interview in person at the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus.

The interview will include a number of structured activities aimed at allowing you to show your potential.

If your interview at the university is successful, we’ll invite you to attend a further interview at the academy to which you are applying . This will include a pre-planned teaching activity, together with an interview with a member of the academy’s Leadership Team and the appropriate Subject Leader.

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

Our academies are highly inclusive, and we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. We are a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Almost all of our academies are fully accessible.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk
Telephone
01273 082005
Website
https://www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/careers-and-training/train-to-teach
Address
University of Brighton, Exion 27
Crowhurst Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 8AF

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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