Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance
Biology (V023)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course leads to QTS, PGCE and Masters Credits.

You will be trained in a highly supportive, creative, inspirational environment where you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deliver high quality teaching and learning. TVTSA schools are committed to Initial Teacher Training and have formed a steering group with partner schools to quality assure and develop the course. The in school mentors are supportive and are able to tailor the course to best suit your development. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced dedicated team.

Trainees work a full academic year in their host school, starting on the school’s first day of term which is usually at the start of September, right through to the end of term which is usually the third week in July, with the following exceptions:

  • Enrolment week in September at Bishop Grosseteste University
  • One day a week will be at Bishop Grosseteste University, this is Monday for secondary trainees and Friday for primary trainees, up to a maximum of 28 days
  • TVTSA organise a second placement which will be decided using the candidates post code and ensuring a diverse experience. This is generally within a TVTSA school running for six weeks in the early part of the spring term. TVTSA also guarantee all trainees have Wednesday afternoon off timetable, this is to be used by the trainee for:
  • Attending a “wider context programme” which is delivered by experts within our schools with sessions varying from behaviour management to marking and assessment.
  • Attending alternative setting experiences organised by TVTSA at a SEND school, an alternative provision and a local school with a high percentage of EAL pupils (English as an additional language).
  • Completing research and gathering evidence to complete the PGCE assignments
  • Networking with TVTSA trainees colleagues.

Interview process

As this course is run in partnership between TVTSA and Bishop Grosseteste University, two interviews are required.

The University Interview will establish the extent at which you are likely to meet the academic requirements of the programme, your commitment and passion for your chosen subject or phase, and the aptitude you have for teaching. This will take place at the University campus.**

The TVTSA Interview will take place at the School/Academy** you have chosen to train in, giving you a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with the school and the members of staff in the setting. This involves the three activities below and is normally run within two hours.

  • Pupil Panel
  • Teach a 20 minute lesson
  • Formal interview

Both parties discuss the outcome of the interview before a place is offered.

**Currently due to Covid-19, all interviews are taking place on a virtual platform until further notice. This may change during the course of the academic year 2020/21. You will be informed when your application is received as to how you will be interviewed.

How school placements work

This course is school led and the majority of the training year will be in your chosen school, with one day per week at University. The structure of the year is referred to above.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

The fee for UK and EU students is £9250.00 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses.

Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses

Those from the UK and the EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas, this is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach and the information can be found from the DfE.

Scholarships are available from a number of sources.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants must hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification, preferably a 1st or 2:1 level although we will consider applications with a lower degree class.

For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to your teaching subject. We expect at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the subject you intend to teach.

All candidates require GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (Primary also need GCSE Grade A-C in Science). We will also accept approved equivalent qualifications.

You can apply for the course not meeting these requirements, but you must obtain them before the course starts.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject area or key stage, people who want the very best for our pupils.

Successful candidates should be hardworking, driven and motivated as well as being dedicated to safeguarding and the welfare of our students. You need to be committed to helping our students progress to the best of their ability and must fully embrace the ethos of the schools they work in.

Other requirements

Candidates should be able to discuss experience of working with children or coaching/training adults. Candidates should be able to illustrate how their current skills can be transferred to a classroom setting.

About the training provider

Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance TVTSA has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases in many schools and academies over since 2012. Some of our original cohort are now mentors for the current school direct trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is extremely high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into TVTSA partner schools.

Tuxford Academy is an Ofsted outstanding academy as well as a designated OLEVI centre of excellence is the lead school for TVTSA. It is based in North Nottinghamshire and is a very popular rural school. TVTSA have a number of secondary schools and over 35 primary schools in the alliance and these are all quality assured by TVTSA and are located in and around Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

We pride ourselves on a personal, tailored approach. We are a small team and this enables us to get to know you as individuals and support your varying needs. We allow you to select your school of choice for your training year as well as interviewing you in that school, allowing you to build relationships early on, before training even starts. We have well established relationships with all the schools we work with and their staff.

Please visit our webpage and click “get into teaching”. Or for any questions email We also run a series of school experience days, these can be found on our website.

About the accredited body

Bishop Grosseteste University, located just a short walk from the historic heart of Lincoln, has been educating students for over 150 years. Our commitment to first-class teacher training remains consistent and we continue to provide schools across the country with highly-skilled graduates, equipped to teach the next generation of learners. The latest Graduate Outcomes survey places us 3rd in the UK for graduate employability compared to non-specialist universities. High satisfaction was also found across the entire student experience; including learning, teaching and academic support, leading to an 85% satisfaction rate.

Training with disabilities and other needs

TVTSA welcome applications from all candidates, if you have a disability or other needs please add the information to the application form and we will strive to support you through the training year. There is a varying degree of disability access within our schools, If you would like to discuss this before applying please email

There are no child care facilities at any of the TVTSA schools however, many have nurseries close by.

All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the partnership schools are based near major towns and cities and so can be accessed by public transport.

Contact details

Tuxford Academy
Marnham Road
NG22 0JH


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Choose a training location

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
East Leake Academy
Lantern Lane, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 6QN
Yes C
Main Site
Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Tuxford, Newark, NG22 0JH
Yes -
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy
Chesterfield Road, South Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 7AP
Yes G
Retford Oaks Academy
Babworth Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7NJ
Yes F
Walton Academy
Harlaxton Road, Grantham, Notts, NG31 7JR
Yes R

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