Interested in a teaching career? Get work experience in a school classroom

20 October 2015

If you are exploring teaching or planning your PGCE application, you should have experience in a school classroom of at least 2 weeks.

The University of Westminster Associates in Schools (UWAS) scheme gives you the invaluable experience of working in a school for 15 days, as a teaching assistant within your specialist subject or age group.

The placement can be completed in weekly blocks or in instalments (eg one day per week), while continuing your studies.

The experience prompted me to apply for a PGCE! Thanks again for arranging the UWAS experience. It was invaluable and has deeply broadened my understanding of the teaching profession’ – UWAS Alumni

How to apply

For details on how to apply, visit our School placements webpage.

The application deadline is 1 November.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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