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Initial Teacher Training

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?

School Direct is a school-based Initial Teacher Training route leading to Qualified Teacher Status.  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 who were rated by The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 as the best university provider of primary initial teacher training in the North of England. They were also rated top in the North West for secondary initial teacher training. Following their recent 2018 Ofsted inspection, The University of Manchester have been recognised as Outstanding across all assessed elements in all their PGCE Programmes. This is an affirmation of the high quality of work done across the Partnership in the training of teachers to work in schools.

We also run some of our courses with Manchester Metropolitan University who have been educating teachers, practitioners and professionals for over 100 years. They are proud to be one of the largest teacher training establishments in the country. Their research centre, the Education and Social Research Institute, is dedicated to applied educational research and evaluation.

 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 Partner Schools.

You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by our 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.

We also welcome PGCE trainees who are training via routes other than School Direct e.g. Teach First, SCITT and PGCE direct to spend one of their placements here at BTHCC.

Contacting the School Direct Team

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

                Rob McGuinness                                               Sally Wright

                               Director of ITT                                                                                       School Direct Administrator

 0161 911 8090
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We are offering the following courses for September 2022 entry

We are looking to recruit high quality School Direct candidates for the next academic year across the following subjects.

In partnership with the Manchester Metropolitan university:

  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Education
  • PE
  • Design & Technology

In partnership with the University of Manchester:

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages – Combined French & Spanish
  • Physics

What sort of candidate are we looking for?

Personal Qualities

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 Secondary Education (University of Manchester) 

Requirements for Courses in Secondary

Education

Biology

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a Biological Science with at least half of the content strongly related to Biology (if you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications)
  • Grade B in Biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other Science or Maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Business Studies

  • 2:2 honours degree or above in Business, Management, Economics, or a related subject, with a minimum of 50% content directly related to Business Education.
  • A strong academic record at A-level (or equivalent).
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Chemistry

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a science-related subject with at least half of the content strongly related to Chemistry
  • Grade B in Chemistry at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other Science or Maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

English

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics or a joint honours degree with at least 50% of these subjects. Applicants with degrees in other English-related subjects may also be considered in some circumstances.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Geography

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in Geography or a related subject, e.g., Environmental Management or Environmental Sciences. A minimum of 50% of your degree content should be Geography related.
  • 260 UCAS points including a B in Geography or a related subject at A-level, excluding AS-levels, General Studies, and counting your three best A-level grades (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

History

  • Minimum 2:1 honours degree in History or a related subject. A minimum of 50% of your degree content should be History related.
  • 260 UCAS points including a B in History or a related subject at A-level, excluding AS-levels, General Studies, and counting your three best A-level grades (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Mathematics

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in Mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics)
  • Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of Mathematics in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have either an A level in Mathematics at grade B or above.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Modern Languages – Combined French & Spanish

  • 2:2 honours degree or above. If you are not a native French/Spanish speaker, 50% or more of your degree content should have focused on French or Spanish.
  • A-level (or equivalent) in French, Spanish or German.
  • You should also be able to speak a second language (French, Spanish or German), beginners’ level will suffice. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are available.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics

Physics

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a Physical Science, e.g. Physics, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. At least half of your degree content should be strongly related to Physics.
  • Grade B in Physics at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other Science or Maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics.

Requirements for Courses in Secondary Education (MMU)

Requirements for Courses in Secondary

Education

Art, Computer Science, Religious Education, PE & Design & Technology

  • degree classification of 2:2 or above
  • GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C or above 
    NB: we do not accept equivalency tests/qualifications in any of the above GCSE subjects

Other Requirements 

The Government is replacing the professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees’ fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.

Relevant work experience

We recommend that you spend at least two days observing in a UK state secondary school prior to attending an interview.

Experience of working in schools

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.

Click on the link below to email us and we can organise your school experience here at BTHCC or at any of our partner schools.

Email us -  SchoolDirect@bthcc.org
 

 School Experience Programme
How can I gain School Experience?

 

English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language

In addition to a grade C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or

Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or

Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

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.

How is School Direct Funded?

If you secure a place on this route the tuition fees for the programme will be £9,250. 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.

 

 

 

Our Partners    

Manchester University     

 Manchester Metropolitan University        

 All Saint’s Catholic College, Dukinfield     

Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham    

  St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester

 

Applying for School Direct

To apply for School Direct you will need to complete an online application at Gov.uk

 

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.