Your Academic Qualifications
You should have at least a 2ii class bachelor’s degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution, or equivalent, in the subject you wish to teach. If you hold a joint degree at least 50% of your degree should relate to the subject you wish to teach. All trainees entering the course must have obtained GCSE at Grade C/ level 4 or higher or an equivalent qualification in English Language and Mathematics.
Professional Skills Tests
All applicants for teacher training courses must pass the Professional Skills Tests in both literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme. Further information from the Department for Education can be found by clicking here.
Other Entry Requirements
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal record checks are undertaken for all applicants who accept a place on one of our School Direct courses.
Teaching can be a physically and mentally demanding profession. All applicants who accept a place our School Direct programmes will be required to complete a health declaration form so we can assess whether they have the health and physical capacity to teach.
Finally, we will ask applicants for the names of two people who can provide a confidential reference outlining their skills and suitability to teach.
What We Are Looking For
Candidates should be prepared to engage in educational issues beyond their immediate day-to-day activities, and to examine – in a critical but constructive way – the current educational system and practice.
Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars, and school and classroom activities. Activities emphasise team work, and require students to share the responsibility for their learning. Throughout the course, trainees are given guidance and support by mentors in school as well as their university tutors.
Applications are welcomed from candidates who have done some teaching or have been employed in some other occupation, or have done some voluntary service either in this country or abroad. It would be useful for you to gain experience of secondary education by observing lessons in a school.
What Do Our Students Expect?
Our students want teachers who are approachable, respectful, patient, hard-working and act as good role models. You should be able to explain ideas about your subject clearly to pupils, whatever their ability.
How We Select Our Trainees
No applicant will be admitted to the course without interview. Normal procedure is invitation to interview by email following consideration of your application by admissions tutors.
University staff, school teachers and partners are involved in the selection of trainees. Normal selection procedures involve tasks, group activities and a written test as well as a personal interview.
Processing Your Application
When you submit your application through UCAS it goes first to our training provider – University of York.
Your application is then sent to All Saints RC School and our partner schools for consideration. Candidates are then shortlisted and invited for an interview at one of the schools in the partnership.
Visiting All Saints RC School and Partner Schools
You are welcome to visit All Saints RC School (the base for the training element of the course) and other partnership schools. This will allow you to see our facilities and meet some of the staff who you will be working with during your ITT year.