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Pennine Lancashire SCITT Biology (35LN)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.plscitt.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

Biology is the science of living organisms (including animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms) and their interactions with each other and the environment. The study of biology involves collecting and interpreting information about the natural world to identify patterns and relate possible cause and effect. Biology is used to help humans improve their own lives and to understand the world around them. For pupils to fulfil their potential, including many of the most able, they need to be taught by confident and highly competent expert who demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for the subject.

If you have a genuine passion for biology, going into a secondary classroom, to teach that subject, can be a wondrous experience. Passing on a love of biology is wonderful, and many teachers realise that they can never be bored teaching with so much variety in the job. Teaching itself is never boring - the kids are so entertaining; they will always surprise you.

The PL SCITT biology course will provide you with a wealth of practical teaching experience, and is carefully designed to ensure you are prepared for your first lessons in the classroom. Our enhanced opportunities to experience EYFS and primary settings will give you a grounding in the teaching of biology.

We work in partnership with other SCITTs in the north west of England to provide the subject specific pedagogy that underpins your classroom practice. Specialist Practitioners in Education (SLEs) lead these sessions, which don’t just allow you to gain knowledge of the best practical teaching approaches but also give you the opportunity to share ideas with other trainees in a wide range of schools.

You will be assessed both for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and through written assignments for Post Graduate Certification (PGCE). They are separate awards however, and the whilst the QTS will be assessed by ourselves within the SCITT, the PGCE will be assessed by your university tutors.

School placements

The Training Programme is designed by experienced professional practitioners who share a passion for teaching and learning. Our common commitment is to ensure that our next generation of teachers is equipped on every level - personally, intellectually and professionally - to inspire new generations of learners in our schools.

The schools that form our SCITT partnership are:

Alder Grange School, Rawtenstall The Hollins, Accrington Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe

Throughout, you will be challenged, stretched, encouraged and driven to become an outstandingly good teacher. You will be trained in at least two of the partner schools in order to gain contrasting experiences of educational issues, such as discipline/behaviour management, for example.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Marsden Heights Community College
Edge End Lane, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 0PR
No
Ribblesdale School
Queens Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1EJ
No
The Hollins
The Hollins, , Hollins Lane, Accrington, Other, BB5 2QY
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Our 2020-2021 entry requirements for PLSCITT programme are as follows:

  • A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course. If you are in your final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.

  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course.

  • See our website for further information on assessing candidates’ fundamental proficiencies in English and mathematics.

Personal qualities

At PLSCITT we are also looking for the following qualities in our teachers:

An ability to relate to and engage with young people A clear commitment to a career in teaching Effective communication skills including use of written and spoken English Strong subject knowledge An ability to explain concepts clearly A range of personal characteristics including flexibility, independence and resilience Excellent interpersonal skills with evidence of high levels of Emotional Literacy and Emotional Intelligence Leadership potential including evidence of Vision The ability to work well effectively as part of a group Initiative

Other requirements

If a formal offer is accepted, applicants will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a DBS will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, we can arrange for you to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

About the training provider

Ours is an Initial Teacher Training and Education partnership, founded on decades of highly successful teacher training experience and informed by the latest educational research.

The core of our partnership comprises four strong schools, all part of the wider East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance, and an outstanding university:

The Hollins, Accrington (the lead school) Alder Grange, rawtenstall Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson Ribblesdale School, Clitheroe Manchester Metropolitan University - a university with a proven track record in ITE.

Our Programme - has several key features:

a 38-week programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certification and M Level credits worth around 30% of a Masters degree; a focus on Child Development that runs throughout the course, and which offers trainees experience in an Early Years setting, Primary School, Pupil Referral Unit, Special School and Sixth Form experience.

Key aspects of our Professional Studies Programme:

  • In-depth subject specific pedagogy to equip you to teach your subject effectively in the classroom
  • Consistent focus on behaviour management strategies to give you the practical skills to teach
  • Attachment to a home school, working directly with an outstanding Subject Coach so that you feel like a true member of the school’s staff
  • Substantial experience in a contrasting placement
  • Coverage of the national priorities of literacy, numeracy & EAL
  • Practical training on how the latest educational research and learning theory can be put into practice in the classroom.

Interview process

Our interview procedure is a rigorous process, including a panel interview, subject knowledge audit and mini teach.

Further details of the interview process will be given to those successful at the first stage of the application process.

Training with disabilities and other needs

See our website for more information on how we support candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Contact this training provider

Email
stubbsl@thehollins.com
Telephone
01254233500
Website
http://www.plscitt.org.uk/
Address
The Hollins
Hollins Lane
Accrington
Other
BB5 2QY

Support and advice

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