THE DETAILS:
  • Location: Penygraig, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF401HQ
  • Subject: Salaried PGCE
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contract: Fixed Term
  • Salary Type: Monthly
  • Salary: £18,487.00 - £29,238.00
  • Language: Bilingual
  • Closing Date: 31 May, 2022 5:00 PM
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Salaried PGCE - Science teacher

Salaried PGCE - Science teacher

The Open University in Wales
Secondary Science teachers needed in your area. Apply now to study to become a teacher.

To become a teacher, you need to attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through an accredited provider in Wales. The Open University in Wales' innovative PGCE will qualify you to work at secondary school level and you can study it through the medium of either English or Welsh, anywhere in Wales.

How does the PGCE work?
The PGCE course includes a mix of online and face-to-face sessions with mentors and practice tutors and will take two years of study to complete. You will experience teaching in two different schools, through practice learning. The qualification is designed for teaching in Wales and for the Welsh curriculum. The programme is employability focused and will prepare you to enter the teaching profession. As a vocational teaching qualification, it's accredited by EWC (Education Workforce Council) and monitored by Estyn. The combination of academic and practice-based skills and experience is central to the programme, ensuring you're familiar with ‘practice as theory and theory as practice’.

What is the salaried route?
With The Open University in Wales' salaried route, you will study for your PGCE whilst working full-time in a school. The majority of the time will be spent at the employer school, but in June and July of year 1 you would be expected to undertake a second placement in a lead partner school. We will help you find a secondary school willing to endorse you. Your costs of study are covered by a training grant from Welsh Government and your salary will be paid by the school you work in. The salary received by students will ordinarily be set at the minimum of the unqualified teacher pay scale (£18,487 for the 2021/2022 academic year). Maximum Salary will be dependent on the employer school and experience.

What support do I get?
Although we teach our PGCE through distance learning, there’s lots of support available. You’ll have a curriculum tutor who’ll be a specialist in your chosen field, and an in-school mentor who’ll provide support and practical advice. In addition, you’ll be able to speak to a dedicated Student Support Team who can give you help and guidance throughout your studies. Plus, you can connect with fellow students through our module discussion groups. In addition, you’ll automatically become a member of our active students association when you register. You’ll never be on your own.

We’ve designed our learning experience to combine flexibility and regular contact. We’ll give you the help you need to learn in the best possible way. You’ll be able to study at home, in school, or on the move. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access compulsory live tutorials, module content such as textbooks, video and audio, and practice-learning activities. It's also where you'll interact with tutors and other students in online forums.

How to apply
For more information on The Open University in Wales' PGCE or any other elements mentioned above, please refer to the PGCE Prospectus in the documents section below. Application forms and guides on how to apply can be found at openuniversity.co.uk/wales-PGCE or openuniversity.co.uk/cymru-TAR. You can also submit any queries to wales-pgce@open.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2022 for October 2022 start.
JOB REQUIREMENTS
In order to study the salaried PGCE route to become a secondary school Science teacher, you will need to meet the below requirements:
- You must have a home address in Wales or England (all school placements must take place in a state school in Wales)
- You are required to have a UK honours degree (or equivalent) and your degree must contain a significant proportion of the subject you want to teach
- GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics-numeracy at Grade B or above (or equivalent)
- GCSE English Language or Welsh first language at Grade B or above (or equivalent). Or, GCSE English Literature or Welsh Literature at Grade B or above (or equivalent), plus GCSE English Language or Welsh first language at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
- Experience working in a school environment/with young people

In addition, you’ll need to demonstrate the following:
- Aptitude, capability, and resilience to meet the required QTS outcomes by the end of your PGCE programme
- Personal and intellectual qualities to become an excellent practitioner
- You can read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English and/or Welsh
- Personal functional skills in literacy, numeracy and digital competency applicable in a professional teaching and learning context (This will be evaluated through an assessment)

During the application process you’ll need to do the following:
- Apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to show that you are not or have not previously been barred or excluded from teaching or working with learners, or have a criminal background that might prevent you working with children or vulnerable people. Safeguarding is a legal requirement. The DBS check is undertaken by an external company and you will be charged a fee.
- Confirm you understand that you will need to complete an extended period of time in a second school
- You’ll need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
- You will need to register with the Education Workforce Council as a School Support Worker before starting the programme

We will help you find a secondary school willing to endorse you. If you’re already working in a school that is not currently a partner school with The Open University PGCE programme, please refer to the ‘Criteria for the Inclusion of Schools 2022’ document, which will outline how your school can become a partner school. Your costs of study are covered by a training grant from Welsh Government and your salary will be paid by the school you work in. The salary received by students will ordinarily be set at the minimum of the unqualified teacher pay scale (£18,487 for the 2021/2022 academic year). Maximum salary will be dependent on the employer school and experience. We do also advise students that they may be asked to travel within a one hour radius of their home address to attend their school placements.