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Saffron Walden County High School Biology (B291)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN 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
https://www.swchs.net/page/?title=Teacher+Training+Opportunities&pid=38
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Course summary

As a school based provider of initial teacher training, the CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are experienced, practising teachers and, from the beginning of the course, trainees will spend four days a week (Monday – Thursday) in school and attend Core Training on Fridays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Whilst in school, trainees will have some teaching, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing expert teachers; working with students in smaller groups, one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment & planning; reading, writing & research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee will have a dedicated subject specialist mentor, with whom training is planned and evaluated at weekly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. Most of the Core Training on Fridays will look at issues in learning & teaching common to all trainees, but there are also regular subject focused afternoons to look at more subject specific pedagogy. In addition, each trainee will be assigned to one of the senior tutor team, who act as personal tutors throughout the course. This course leads to the awards of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) plus PGCE (with the Anglia Ruskin University). For further details please follow the link to CTSN SCITT.

School placements

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from the their home. You will spend the first term in one school and then, after Christmas, you would move to a different school for the rest of the course. This will allow you to build significant relationships in this extended placement.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bottisham Village College
Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9DL
No
King Edward VI School
Grove Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3BH
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by ENIC UK). Usually, at least 50% of your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach. However, applicants who have a degree in a non-related subject but have significant work experience relevant to the subject they wish to teach may also be considered.

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.

Personal qualities

As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Fees and financial support

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

£9,250, often covered with a student loan. For many subjects generous training bursaries are also available. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

About the training provider

Saffron Walden County High School offers school-centred teacher training as a lead school with the accredited provider Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, CTSN SCITT, who train across the Eastern Region.

  • As a lead school, we endeavour to place trainees within our local network. However, to ensure high quality placements for all trainees, we may draw on training placements across the wider CTSN SCITT network.
  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools across the CTSN SCITT network.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.

Please see CTSN SCITT or more information.

About the accredited body

The Cambridge Training School Network (Marketing name: The Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT) offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a small group of students, most probably in Key Stage 3. In addition there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

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

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website.

All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact this training provider

Email
phaslam@swchs.net
Telephone
01799513030
Website
https://www.swchs.net/page/?title=Teacher+Training+Opportunities&pid=38
Address
Audley End Road
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4UH

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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