Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP)
The GTP programme is no longer being offered as a route into teaching from September 2013. Please find further information about alternative routes into teaching on the Institute of Education webpage.
This school-based programme enables schools to employ trainee teachers who are not yet qualified and to support them through an individual training programme.
This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which allows you to work as a qualified teacher in any maintained school in England. The school has ultimate responsibility for your training while the University of Worcester ensures the training programme meets the necessary quality assurance standards.
A needs analysis, which informs the length of the training, is developed at the start of the course. The programme uses your strengths and involves you in taking responsibility for monitoring your own professional development. The course is therefore best suited for trainees who are prepared to work independently and are responsible for their own learning. On the GTP, trainees work as unqualified teachers while following an individual programme of teacher training. The programme normally takes a year but can be shortened for those with teaching experience.
The course starts in September each year. In a recent Ofsted inspection (2010), the course was judged as outstanding. Inspectors highlighted the consistently high quality and flexibility of training.
Please be aware that this course is subject to changes in TDA funding and eligibility criteria and until numbers are confirmed, University of Worcester can only make conditional offers.
If you would like to apply to the Graduate Teacher Programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners schools come from a wide variety of institutions, from mixed comprehensives, including schools of Specialist Status, to Grammar Schools, single sex schools and age ranges of 11-16, 11-18, 13-18 and 12-18. We work with schools that are within 40 miles or one hour's travelling distance in rush hour traffic from Worcester, and this includes schools in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.
1. That all entrants must hold a GCSE qualification at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths. All primary applicants must also hold a GCSE qualification at grade C or above (or equivalent) in a science subject. The University of Worcester requires all candidates to hold these qualifications at the time of application. Applications from candidates awaiting these qualifications will not be considered, and original certificates will be required at interview.
1.a. If you do not currently hold the required GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications, the University of Worcester is able to offer an equivalency test for English and Maths, but this must be passed before an application for the GTP can be submitted. Please note that we do not accept equivalency test passes from other institutions. For further information on registering for and taking these tests, please contact the Admissions department on 01905 855111. While a pass in an equivalency test demonstrates that you meet a GCSE equivalent standard in a particular subject, for the purpose of admission onto the course, the test does not provide you with a nationally recognized qualification and is unlikely to be accepted by other institutions.
2.From Sept 2012 all trainees must have as a minimum an Honours degree of 2:2 or equivalent prior to entry. You may apply to us if you are in your final year of your degree or are awaiting your degree result. Original certificates will be required before your training can begin.
3. It is desirable that applicants have recent school experience relevant to both the age(s) and subject(s) they wish to teach, as this programme suits graduates who can quickly take on teaching responsibilities.
3.a.We expect primary candidates to evidence one term's experience equivalent to 60 days in a primary classroom on their application form. As the GTP Primary course is so competitive, please note that you are unlikely to be selected for interview if you are not able to evidence this experience.
3.b. We expect secondary candidates to evidence on their application form that they have a clear rationale to be a teacher of their chosen subject and that they have an in depth understanding of the English Education System. School experience is desirable.
The programme normally takes a year but can be shortened for those with teaching experience.
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This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which allows you to work as a qualified teacher in any maintained school in England.
The University of Worcester is able to support the following subjects on the Graduate Teacher Programme:
The Application window for those wishing to start in Sept 2012 is now closed. Interviews will be held shortly. You do not need to have a secured a placement school before applying, however, if you are offered a place on the programme, a condition of that offer will be that you find a school willing to support you. Applications should be made using the TDA online system which can be found via the University of Worcester provider page.
We offer the following subjects:
Non priority subjects: English, History and Physical Education
Priority subjects: Design and Technology (Food Technology and Textiles), Maths, Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish) and Science.
We are currently accepting applications for Secondary GTP in 2012-13:
In addition, we are accepting applications for Secondary GTP in 2012-2013 from ex Service Men and Women
Maths, one place available
Languages, one place available
You do not need to have secured a placement school before applying. However, if you are offered a place on the programme, a condition of that offer will be that you find a school willing to support you. Applications should be made using the TDA online system which can be found via the University of Worcester provider page.
Applications for 2013-14
You will be able to apply from September 2012 if you would like to be considered for 2013-14.
Assessment will take place throughout your training. This will take the form of portfolio compilation, teaching practice files, observation of teaching and in some cases written assignments.
At the end of the course, successful achievement of QTS will require evidence to demonstrate achievement of all the professional standards including passing the TDA QTS skills test in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.
Student, Graduate Teacher Programme
“The sessions at University of Worcester have been really helpful with things like compiling my portfolio; my support tutor was wonderful. The course was really suited to me as I prefer learning on the job rather than learning all the theory at once, then trying to apply it all at once. Actually being in the school for most of your time you feel like you’re really part of it, and get a true taste of what it’s like to be a teacher. Plus, of course, you get paid for working as you learn!”
Institute of Education
“Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester graduates have made a huge difference in the field of education.”
Professor Chris Robertson, Head of Institute
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