School Direct

Thinking of Teaching as a future career?

Join us at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College for a comprehensive school-based Initial Teacher Training package that will ensure you have the skills to be a highly successful teacher and potential leader of tomorrow.

 

What is School Direct?

University of ManchesterSchool Direct is a school-based Initial Teacher Training route leading to Qualified Teacher Status.  As a National Teaching School we are highly committed to supporting Initial Teacher Training and our School Direct programme is tailored to meet the needs most relevant to trainee teachers.

Our School Direct Programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester.

A new way into teaching

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The training period is for one academic year (September – July). On completion of your training year you will be awarded a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status. Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant training. You will be given the opportunity to spend much of your time developing and practising your teaching skills with high quality school placements from across our Teaching Schools Alliance.

You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by Alliance Schools Higher Education providers. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and will be assigned a school-based Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a University-based Tutor.

 

Contacting the School Direct Team

For more information about School Direct you can contact one of the team below:

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Rob McGuinness
Director of ITT

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Sally Wright
School Direct
Administration Assistant

 

Places available starting September 2017

Our Teaching School Alliance is looking to recruit high quality School Direct candidates for the next academic year across the following phases and subjects:

Biology
Chemistry
English
Mathematics
MFL – French & Spanish
Physics
Primary Education

What sort of candidate are we looking for?

Personal QualitiesCourse Requirements (Primary)Course Requirements (Secondary)School ExperienceEnglish Language

Personal Qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The sorts of person qualities we are looking for are:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • A passion for your subject
  • A positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities

 

Requirements for Courses in Primary Education

We receive a high volume of applications for the Primary course and therefore candidates should normally meet our minimum academic entry requirements in order to be considered for interview.

GCSE

  • Grade C or above in English Language, Literature, Language/Literature combined or equivalent
  • Grade C or above in Mathematics or equivalent
  • Grace C or above in Science or equivalent
  • Grade C or above in at least three other subjects (see preferred subject list below)

Equivalency tests are accepted.

A level

  • Grade C or above in two subjects or equivalent (see preferred subject list below)

Degree

  • 2:1 honours degree or equivalent for all subjects

Please note: Subjects taken at degree level that are not on our preferred list of subjects are considered if there is evidence of strong academic achievement.

Mature applicants holding a 2:2 honours degree may be considered, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, and must be able to demonstrate evidence of higher academic attainment, for example through further non-vocational postgraduate study.

Irish leaving certificate

  • 180 UCAS points, taking into account subjects studied at Higher/Honours level where a grade C or higher has been achieved.  The range must include two preferred subjects.

Preferred subjects:

  • English (including Language, Literature or Combined)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology (including Human Biology)
  • Science (including Environmental Science; excluding Agricultural Science)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • PE
  • RE (including Theology)
  • ICT (including Computing)
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Classics
  • Statistics
  • Modern Languages
  • Technology (including Food and Design Technology)
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Business Studies

Non-academic entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have completed five days observation experience in a primary school following a relevant UK orientated curriculum prior to attending interview. This experience should normally have been completed within the last three years.  Proposed/actual dates and venue(s) for experience must be clearly stated in the work experience section of the UCAS application form.

Applicants must also provide:

  • A supportive academic reference, preferably from a University tutor
  • A high quality, well-written, relevant and convincing personal statement

Mature applicants

Applicants aged 25 or over on 31 August 2016 are classed as a mature student for the purposes of our admissions criteria.

Applications are particularly welcome from mature applicants who can demonstrate, through their personal statement, how their work experience is relevant to a career in teaching.

Mature applicants must meet our GCSE and degree level entry requirements, and meet the requirements for school experience.

Please note: If you are applying as a mature applicant and do not have a range of GCSE subjects, and do not meet the A level requirement, you may still be considered – provided that you can demonstrate sufficient evidence of good academic ability via your UCAS application form.  Access courses are also acceptable, but applicants must indicate the modules taken on the UCAS form.

 

Requirements for Courses in Secondary Education

Biology

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree in a biological science with at least half the content strongly related to Biology.  You will require a strong academic record at A-level or equivalent: you should normally have at least grade ‘B’ in Biology (or a C if you can demonstrate evidence of sustained academic attainment from degree onwards) and at least one other science or maths subject at A-level. All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

Applicants who satisfy the entry conditions for the Biology course may also be considered for the Physics course together with successful completion of an 8-week Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course.

Chemistry

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree or above in a science related subject. At least half of your degree should have content strongly related to Chemistry.  You will require a strong academic record at A-level or equivalent: you should have at least grade ‘B’ in Chemistry (or a C if you can demonstrate evidence of sustained academic attainment from degree onwards) and at least one other science or maths subject at A-level.  All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

English

A second class honours degree containing 50% content in English Language, Literature or Linguistics or overseas equivalent.

All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

260 UCAS points including an A or B in English at A Level (excluding AS Levels, General Studies and counting 3 best grades).

In addition to the requirements for the PGCE generally as outlined above, criteria for interview for the PGCE English course at the University of Manchester are as follows:

1a.   At A2 level, a minimum of 260 UCAS points counting the best three A2s not including General Studies, including a Grade A or B for English (English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature) OR

1b.    An equivalent level of attainment in AVCE, Scottish Highers, Irish Highers, US High School Diploma or other relevant national 16+ qualification OR

1c.    A QAA-recognised Access qualification. Standards required for interview are as follows:

(i)       Pass the full Access course (or gain the full Access certificate) with a Distinction or a Merit in English plus a Distinction or a Merit in each of the other two subjects OR

(ii)       Pass the Access certificate with at least 22 credits at Level 3 including 6 credits in English (Literature or Language) OR

(iii)      Pass the full Access certificate with the maximum number of credits achievable at Level 3 on the Access course taken by the applicant, including 6 credits in English (Literature or Language).

1d.    In cases where national educational systems do not require 16+ qualifications for entry to honours degree programmes, consideration of applications will be based on the applicant’s degree and evidence of commitment to secondary English teaching.

Applicants should state their level of attainment for 16+ qualification on the GTTR application form. In some cases, additional information from applicants regarding 16+ qualifications may be required.

  1. A second class honours degree with a minimum of 50% English content (English Literature, English Language or Linguistics) and reasonable coverage of the National Curriculum for English.
  2. Evidence of commitment to secondary English teaching; for example visiting a secondary English department or providing evidence of professional reading about English teaching. School visits should be stated on the application form at the point of application. Tutors will not regard stated intentions to visit a school as evidence of commitment to secondary English teaching.

Specific thresholds for criteria for interview, including academic qualifications, may vary from year to year and from time to time at the discretion of the course leader.

Mathematics

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree or above in mathematics or a strongly mathematical subject such as engineering, physics or computer science. All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

If you have a strong A level in mathematics but do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of mathematics in your degree you may be eligible for a subject knowledge enhancement course. A subject knowledge enhancement course is completed prior to embarking on the PGCE, and places are only available to those who have secured a conditional place on a PGCE course.

Modern Foreign Languages

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree or above. If you are not a native speaker of the language you are proposing to teach (French, German or Spanish), approximately 50% or more of the degree content should have focused on the first language that you are offering to teach. All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

You should also normally have a second language (French, German or Spanish).  Your knowledge of this second language does not need to be advanced – beginners’ level will suffice.  You do not need to have studied this language at degree level.

Physics

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree or above in a physical science, e.g. Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering.  At least half of your degree should have content strongly related to Physics. You will require a strong academic record at A-level or equivalent: you should have at least grade ‘B’ in Physics (or a C if you can demonstrate evidence of sustained academic attainment from degree onwards) and at least one other science or maths subject at A-level.

Science graduates with a degree other than in Physics may be considered with the satisfactory completion of a TA funded Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course.

All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

 

Experience of working in schools

We would normally expect you to have some school experience prior to an interview. This could be visiting a school to observe lessons or work in a non-teaching assistant role. It is likely that you would be asked at interview about the experiences that you have in schools and colleges.

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

School Experience ProgrammeHow can I gain School Experience?

 

English as an Additional Language

Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no other component below 5.5; or Pearson Test of English with a score of 66 with 66 in writing and no other component below 51.

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

 

 

Will I be able to secure employment after the Programme?

School Direct trainees who successfully complete their training may be employed in any school within the wider alliance.

Although there can be no guarantee of employment because of circumstances that may exist in schools, Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College will be expected to support you in securing employment.

Trainees would be required to go through a full and formal application process for any vacancies.

 

How is School Direct Funded?

If you secure a place on this route the tuition fees for the programme will be £9,000. These fees are paid to the relevant Universities in a series of instalments across the academic year. There are a number of different funding options available to support you with these payments.

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Applying for School Direct

Book your Professional Skills Tests Book your Professional Skills Tests

You will still be able to attend interviews and apply for the Schools Direct Route without having these completed but the government does require that all applicants pass these before they begin a course so try to get them completed early.  Find out more at the link below:

Please note: the Maths and English skills tests are not completed within the university – this is a requirement for applicants to organise sitting these prior to any course beginning at a skills test centre.

Fill out your application on UCAS.com Fill out your application on UCAS.com

To apply for School Direct you will need to complete an online application through UCAS (link below).  If you would like to be considered for our School Direct places you would need to select Blessed Thomas Holford as your lead school when applying.