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Culcheth Campus Biology (AP31)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bright Futures SCITT
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://culchethhigh.org.uk/culcheth-campus/
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Contents

Course summary

This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of Biology. Culcheth Campus, in partnership with Bright Futures SCITT offers trainees the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and experienced practitioners from day one of the course. Over 150 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well-qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training and audits will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the Biology curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4. Trainee timetables are designed to increase in size and complexity over the training year, but trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support is met.

All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).

Trainees are assessed holistically in partnership with their mentor and and the wider partnership team at Culcheth Campus and Bright Futures. Observations of teaching form a large portion of the assessment process, with a range of opportunities for trainees to reflect on their progress against the Core Content Framework. Trainees reflect on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. This process is summarised through a moderation interview at the end of the course. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the teachers’ standards.

Throughout the course trainees receive face to face training in pedagogy and subject knowledge. This training is delivered by current practitioners and takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning, enabling trainees to adapt their own learning for the context of their placement schools. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Culcheth High School and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Applicants undertaking the PGCE programme are expected to complete four written assignments leading to 60 M level credits.

“The high quality face-to-face training, assignments and placements combine to give trainees a firm basis on which to develop their skills and knowledge” Ofsted 2017

“Employers of trainees comment very favourably on the significant improvements in trainees’ expertise and knowledge, brought about by their training” Ofsted 2017

School placements

This course leads to qualified teacher status (11-16). All secondary placements are arranged through an A-B-A model. This means that trainees will be placed at their teaching practice one school for the winter term, and then teach in a contrasting school from January to April. Following Easter, trainees will return to their main placement school until the end of June. Placement schools are chosen through a number of factors, including prior experience, training needs and location We do not expect anyone to be travelling for more than an hour to their placement schools, and usually it is much less.

Face to face training takes place on Fridays. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place at Culcheth Campus alongside our partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A UK degree of classification 2.2 or higher (we may consider experienced applicants with a 3rd class degree for a QTS only programme).

You should be able to demonstrate how approximately 50% of your degree course is relevant to the subject you wish to teach.

At least 3 GCSEs grade A*-C (4 or better) with GCSE grade C or above in both English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications)

Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

Equivalent to GCSE ‘C’, not functional skills.

Personal qualities

A passion for the subject you wish to teach The potential to train to teach Excellent subject knowledge Resilience Enthusiasm

Applicants must produce a well written and clear personal statement that sets out how they meet the course requirements. The personal statement is part of the application process.

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Some applicants may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.

Full admissions policy can be found at: http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/scitt/policies/

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 £9,250

Applicants who are not British citizens or a citizen of one of the EEA (European Economic Area) countries will need a visa to study in the UK. More details can be found from the Home Office

About the training provider

Culcheth High School is an innovative and forward-thinking school that puts Professional Development at the heart of everything that we do in our school community. We believe that investing in the next generation of teachers is crucial to our success and is key to serving our local community. Being a Lead School for Schools Direct provides us with the opportunity to create a unique evidence-based approach to teacher training. Working in partnership with Bright Futures SCITT and the prestigious University of Manchester means that you will receive a broad and balanced training experience, collaborating with a team of highly experienced, passionate and dedicated teachers and leaders who will guide and support you through the most exciting, challenging and inspiring teacher training experience. You will be immersed in a culture of high quality, evidence-informed teaching practice, providing you with the opportunity to make informed choices about your own teaching practices, enabling you to grow and develop as an outstanding teacher. You will explore in depth the principles of cognitive science and psychology so that you can understand how students learn and consider how this translates into classroom pedagogy. You will receive a well-thought-out programme of SEND, wellbeing, mental health and safeguarding training, delivered by expert practitioners, providing you with a holistic approach to life as a teacher.

About the accredited body

Bright Futures SCITT (formally Alliance for Learning SCITT) is a dynamic, high-quality teacher training provider offering a range of school-based routes into teaching. Bright Future’s reputation for high quality training is built on the passion and expertise of our trainers. Our training is designed for all stages of your career http://allianceforlearning.co.uk/cpd/introduction/. Judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’, the Bright Futures SCITT has a proven track record of providing outstanding teacher training for over 10 years.

Interview process

Following an application that meets our criteria, an interview will be arranged with Culcheth Campus. This will included the following elements:

  • A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare a lesson walk-through.
  • An interview with staff from the Culcheth Campus and the wider SCITT partnership.
  • A knowledge audit to ascertain your needs.
  • A written communication task.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Culcheth Campus is an inclusive provider who endeavours to support the needs of all candidates. Please contact us if there is anything in particular you would like to discuss.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@culchethhigh.net
Telephone
01925767587
Website
http://culchethhigh.org.uk/culcheth-campus/
Address
Culcheth High School
Warrington Road
Culcheth
Cheshire
WA3 5HH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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