Futures Teaching Biology (AE76)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Newman University
Financial support
Bursaries and 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
http://www.futuresteachingalliance.co.uk

Contents

About the course

The School Direct (training) PGCE, although an academic qualification, is rooted in gaining practical experience. School Direct Biology teacher training with Futures Alliance will equip you with the skills to support and inspire students around science, making it enjoyable whilst providing them with the skills they will need for the future.

We will support, challenge and nurture you to become a confident and reflective practitioner in the classroom, able to teach contemporary methods and practices across a range of ages and abilities on a daily basis. All this alongside gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning.

The huge benefit in choosing School Direct (training) is that you get to have a say in which school , within the alliance, you are placed in. We work with you from the start to find the school which suits you and which matches your location. There will also be a complementary placement at one of our alliance schools.

This is an intensive and demanding course, which offers superb preparation for anyone who is committed to educating young people. On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits towards a Master’s in Education.

There is also a strong possibility that trainees will be offered a position at their school at the end of the training year, or within the Futures Alliance.

futuresteachingalliance.co.uk

School placements

Futures Teaching consists of an alliance of over 20 primary and secondary schools, across a wide geographic area; Coventry, Hinckley, Leamington Spa and Warwick. The Alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee.

80% of the trainee’s timetable will be in the placement school, with some time at university. Generally there will be a complementary placement during the Spring Term, lasting approximately 6 weeks. You will be given the opportunity to visit this school prior to the placement to meet key colleagues.

You will slowly take over a varied timetable, different year groups and abilities. A range of class teachers will be on hand to support you with your subject mentor being your consistent and constant guide.

We offer twilight bespoke training sessions to allow you to reach your potential.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in Biology, or a similar subject. Otherwise you will have to prove your subject knowledge.

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.

We would be guided by the university you apply through.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities we are looking for include:

  • Energetic
  • Good communication
  • Ability to inspire and enthuse
  • Strong organisation
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Confidence and resilience.

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required by this course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

If you are a graduate and wish to train as a teacher but your degree did not provide enough subject specific content for you to gain automatic entry, you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

The DfE is offering tax-free bursaries of £24,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Scholarships worth £26,000 tax-free will be offered in partnership with professional bodies for chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics.

And are also offering a £15,000 tax-free bursary in design & technology, geography, and languages, including ancient languages, and a £10,000 tax-free bursary for biology trainees.

(https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-your-training)

About the training provider

The Futures Teaching is committed to recruiting and training outstanding, enthusiastic individuals, passionate about becoming exceptional teachers. With our partner schools we cover a wide area of the West Midlands including Coventry, Hinckley, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Rugby and South Warwickshire. This geographical diversity provides opportunity for trainees to experience teaching in a wide variety of settings.

Within the Alliance there are a range of schools in diverse contexts, including OFSTED ‘Outstanding Providers’, a ‘World Class School’ and another awarded ‘Transforming’ status by the SSAT within the Framework for Exceptional Education.

Futures Teaching seeks to ‘Build Brighter Futures Together’. Our values are based on the core principles of ‘Students First; No Barriers; It’s About Learning’. Our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his outstanding partnership work over a number of years.

During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning. There will also be a complementary placement in another of our alliance schools.

On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and 90 or 60 Masters credits, depending on which university you choose as your accredited body.

Please visit our website: FUTURESTEACHINGALLIANCE.CO.UK

By applying to FTA you consent to us sharing your data with interested schools within our alliance.

About the accredited body

Newman’s Primary and Secondary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Futures Teaching schools in the West Midlands and South Warwickshire. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary and secondary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom.

All PGCE routes at Newman will provide two opportunities, either:

  • A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education which will prepare applicants for teaching and offers full QTS, or
  • A Postgraduate Certificate of Education which will include 60 credits at Masters level and full QTS.

Interview process

The interview process is a chance for you to meet us, as well as us you. We hold interviews in a variety of alliance schools, giving you a chance to see the pupils, meet the Futures team and also specific school staff who will potentially be supporting you through your training and beyond. The interview process may be online.

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews can include:

  • Exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • Discussions about relevant experiences
  • A presentation or small teaching exercise
  • Written or verbal discussion on literacy/numeracy knowledge

Prior to the interview you will be given a topic for a teaching task on which to base a micro lesson. This topic will be delivered to a small group of students. This is an opportunity for you to show your wider skills, attitude, aptitude and resilience that can be developed over the training year, rather than assessing specific teaching ability at this stage. We know you are not a trained teacher and will not be judging you as such, just looking for your potential.

Near the end of the interview we will discuss next steps with you; what choices of school you may have, how you can potentially accept our offer and how you can, if you wish, keep in touch with your chosen school, so when you start the following September you are confident knowing the staff and pupils.

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

We encourage applications across the community regardless of race, age, disability, religion and gender.

We support trainees with a wide variety of needs both during centre-based training and on school placements. The programme is devised and personalised to be supportive to each trainee. We work closely with our universities (our PGCE validating bodies) to ensure trainee needs are met.

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@futuresteachingalliance.org.uk
Telephone
02476661416
Website
http://www.futuresteachingalliance.co.uk
Address
President Kennedy School
Rookery Lane
Coventry
West Midlands
CV6 4GL

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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