Bright Futures SCITT Geography (2R9T)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.bfet.co.uk/scitt/

Contents

About the course

This course is designed to enable you to become a successful teacher of geography.

Over 150 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the geography curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4.

Timetables are designed to be progressive increasing in complexity over the training year. However, 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).

Progress is monitored by subject mentors and SCITT moderation will take place throughout the year. Trainees reflect on progress on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors.

Throughout the course, trainees engage with professional development training, this training takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning. Whilst the majority of training takes place at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, some training will take place in partner schools across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Applicants enrolled on 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- QTS (11-16 years).

All secondary placements are arranged through an A-B-A model. This means that the trainee will be placed at their ‘home’ school for the winter term. An alternative placement runs from January to Easter. Following Easter, the trainee will return to their ‘home’ school until the end of the programme.

Placement schools are chosen considering a number of factors, including trainee prior experience, training needs and location.

SCITT professional development training is timetabled and often held on a Friday.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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

  • 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 includes 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

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

The Bright Futures SCITT is a partnership of primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and organisations from across the North-West, who share their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to achieve a common goal of continuous educational improvement.

The Bright Futures SCITT aims to promote excellence in all aspects of education through focused, central and school-based training activities. Trainees are based in our partner schools for the duration of the programme.

We believe that every child deserves the very best start in life, irrespective of background or circumstance. We are committed to training teachers who can provide the next generation with the opportunity to develop happy and successful futures.

Trainees who complete our programme are “regarded as an asset by employment schools because they are well prepared to begin their career in teaching” (Ofsted 2017). On average 95% of trainees gain employment at the end of the programme and are able to make a difference to young people in schools across the country.

Key elements of our training programme

  • Training in school from the first day
  • Two contrasting schools experiences to prepare you for employment
  • A trained and dedicated mentor
  • Face to face subject knowledge training
  • Leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education delivered by our partner, the University of Manchester

Find out more about the Bright Futures SCITT http://www.bfet.co.uk/scitt/

Interview process

Following an application that meets our criteria, the SCITT will arrange an interview. Interviews could be in person within a partner setting, or via an on-line platform.

The interview: you will asked to prepare and or complete:

  • A short lesson planning activity, which you will talk through/ teach lasting around 15 minutes
  • An formal interview with staff from the SCITT
  • A written communication task

You might also be asked to complete a subject knowledge audit.

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

It is the goal of the Bright Futures SCITT to recruit people of outstanding potential, irrespective of their background and to ensure that the admission process is transparent, has minimal barriers to entry, is based on merit and potential, and is fair with regards to diversity.

The Bright Futures SCITT will not discriminate against a disabled person on the grounds of disability :

  • in the arrangements i.e. application form, interview or arrangements for selection for determining to whom a place should be offered; or
  • by refusing to offer, or deliberately not offering the disabled person a place for reasons connected with their disability.

Wherever possible, The Bright Futures SCITT will make reasonable adjustments to hallways, passages and doors in order to provide and improve means of access for disabled candidates. However, this may not always be feasible, if circumstances render such adjustments as being beyond what is reasonable.

We are committed to taking positive action to welcome people with disabilities who have met the requirements, and to enable them to meet their full potential

Consideration will be given to all planned activities, resource allocation and procedures to ensure that we can enable disabled trainees full participation in all aspects of the academic, work-based and social activities of the course.

Read our [Equal Opportunities Policy]( http://www.bfet.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/BF_SCITT-Equal-Opportunities-Policy.pdf

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@scitt.bfet.uk
Telephone
0161 823 7073
Website
http://www.bfet.co.uk/scitt/
Address
c/o AGGS
Cavendish Road
Bowdon
Altrincham
WA14 2NL

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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