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St Mary’s University, Twickenham Biology (C1X1)

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
https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/about.aspx

Contents

About the course

St. Mary’s University has been graded “Outstanding” by OFSTED

Come and meet us. The university runs ‘Getting into Teaching’ open events every month, where you can often chat with the subject tutor. Book a place via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/open-events/pgce.aspx

Some course details are below, and further information is available via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-science/

During this course we will prepare you to teach Science with Biology using a blend of University based sessions and placements in local partnership schools.

Each aspect of your training will allow you to develop a deep understanding of the issues related to teaching science and your particular science discipline.

University-based sessions are held in both classroom and a laboratory setting which offer ample opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding with the content knowledge itself and its pedagogy.

Partnership School based training allows you the opportunity to work with experienced classroom teachers who will act as mentors to develop your classroom practice.

While at University, and when in Partnership School sessions, you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials in addition to accessing a wide range of on-line resources.

Throughout the course there is a focus on a range of pedagogical issues which are necessary to become a successful teacher. These include:

  • examples of required practical activities at KS4 (including health and safety);

  • planning and preparing a science lesson;

-inclusion of all learners (SEND);

  • assessment for learning activities (AfL);

  • managing behaviour for learning within the classroom and laboratory.

In most schools there is a need to for all science teachers to teach all three science subject areas up to the age of 14 (KS3) and in some schools this is an expectation up to the age of 16 (GCSE). We cover aspects of all three science areas throughout the course to enhance your suitability for employment in a range of science departments.

Your progress is monitored and supported by both University and Partnership school staff who have developed successful working relationships with previous cohorts.

School placements

St. Mary’s University is in partnership with over 150 schools - many of our trainees go on to become NQT’s in these partner schools.

You will gain experience in TWO different school settings through the course. You will be school-based for a minimum of 120 days. **** These government expectations are temporarily suspended ****

We take into account your personal accommodation postcode when looking at placements. Students with declared disabilities will have these taken into account when allocating school placements.

Across your training you will have experience of working in Key Stage 3 and 4. There is usually the opportunity to experience post 16.

An experienced teacher acts as mentor during the school placement and contributes to your overall assessment as a new teacher.

We have the strongest commitment to student teacher support, regularly visiting student teachers in school over the duration of the course to quality assure the placements.

We see tutors retaining contact with student teachers while they are school-based, away from University as a major factor in our support success. The consistent support available for students has been recognised by Ofsted in 2011 and again in 2019 as outstanding.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSEs or their standard equivalent: GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in Mathematics and English. At least one of the two required GCSEs must be in place at application.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, we are able to offer candidates the opportunity to sit the St. Mary’s University GCSE Equivalency Test. https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/prepare/gcse/equivalency-tests.aspx

Degree requirement (or equivalent qualification) : 2:2 degree classification and above. A third class degree application may be considered in some circumstances.

Demonstrate that you have made a fully informed decision

Further details of entry requirements: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-science/

Personal qualities

During the interview and selection process, you will have a number of opportunities for you to evidence that you have thought carefully about your motives for becoming a teacher and can demonstrate that you have some emerging capability to reflect on what being a teacher means.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, working with and supporting children and an understanding of the resilience needed for teaching.

Other requirements

School observation - Ideally, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning, can be really insightful and informative.

DBS check - Successful completion of a physical and mental fitness to teach and a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required for teacher training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,950

The ‘Home’ tuition fee of £9250 is an expectation subject to change based on approved fee changes.

The previous designation of ‘Home and EU’ has been changed by the government. The present understanding is that ‘Home and Irish’ students have access to the ‘Home’ fee. Some EU citizens with a permanent right to remain in the UK may also have access to ‘Home’ fees.

For further details - please check the government website for teacher training funding. You can also find information on the University website pages on Fees and Student Finance: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-finance/postgraduate/tuition-fees.aspx)

Financial support from the training provider

St. Mary’s University Alumni are able to receive a discount on the PGCE Tuition fee: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-finance/postgraduate/alumni-discount.aspx)

International students may be able to apply for a St. Mary’s University International Scholarship: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/international/why/scholarships.aspx)

About the training provider

St. Mary’s University is graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary teacher training.

Come and meet us. The university runs ‘Getting into Teaching’ open events where you can chat with the tutors. Book via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/open-events/pgce.aspx

For further details: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/become-a-teacher.aspx )

Where to find us: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx) Student Life: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-life/overview.aspx)

Trainee teachers at St Mary’s have very high employment statistics, with many securing jobs in in our partnership schools.

Student feedback, and our recent OFSTED report (February 2019), highlights the quality of the pastoral care provided through the training programmes and the support offered by partner schools.

St. Mary’s University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham - a leafy part of Greater London (5 minute walk from Strawberry Hill mainline from London Waterloo) and good local bus links for other central London connections.

Public Transport: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx

We will soon celebrate 170 years in Education in south west London. St Mary’s is London’s second largest teacher training course provider, with a significant proportion of our 6,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary initial teacher training courses.

Key Facts Close partnership between the University and partner schools in all aspects of the course Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom Bespoke personal tutor support Strong focus on subject knowledge development Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond Ongoing Masters study opportunities at discounted rates

Interview process

Once we are confident you have met the course entry requirements, we carefully examine your personal statement. This is your opportunity to convince us that you have seriously thought through your journey into teaching in terms of motivation and a genuine understanding of what being a teacher really means.

You will almost certainly find it helpful to refer to any prior learning and classroom experiences and reflect on the implication of what you saw, heard or experienced.

Within your statement, it is often helpful to connect your prior academic and/or work experiences to the skills and attitudes required for teaching.

Your interview will be conducted on-line. We will want to get to know you a little better and for you to get to know us. The process is likely to include

  • you giving a short presentation (details will arrive with your invite to interview)

  • an assessment of your subject knowledge

  • an assessment of your fluency in English

In advance of you interview you will be sent links to short informative videos that explain the structure and other key factors of the programme.

In making an application to St. Mary’s, applicants provide their consent for the interview to be recorded.

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you to become an outstanding teacher of children.

St Mary’s is graded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED

Training with disabilities and other needs

St. Mary’s University has a fully supportive and well-resourced Student Wellbeing service to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.

At interview, we encourage candidates to disclose any additional needs requiring support so that early support can be in place for the PGCE course.

For further information on Disability Access: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)

Contact this training provider

Email
Apply@stmarys.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8240 2394
Website
https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/about.aspx
Address
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill, Twickenham
Richmond upon Thames
London
TW1 4SX

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).

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