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White Rose Alliance Biology (22SJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course age range is 11-16 with 16-18 enhancement.

Trainees will spend most of the training year based in their placement schools allocated from across White Rose Alliance partners. Trainees will undertake two placements: placement one running from September to Christmas, and placement two running from January to June. In addition to their specific specialism (ie. Biology), science subject trainees will be expected to teach general science in Key Stage 3.

The course structure enables trainees to develop their confidence and teaching knowledge through three stages. Training will be led by University tutors and school staff and delivered in cross-subject groups, predominantly delivered in schools.

In addition to travel to their placement schools, during the course trainees are required to travel to the course accrediting university, Leeds Trinity University, generally one day per week until Christmas, where trainees receive further training and be able to access all the specialist support that you would expect from a university. Trainees are also required to travel to the White Rose Alliance Lead School, King James’s School in Knaresborough, for their Professional Studies programme every Wednesday morning until March. Whilst the intention is for university and White Rose Alliance sessions to be delivered in person, where this is not possible at the time due to Covid-19 restrictions or exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements will be made to run university & White Rose Alliance sessions virtually.

The course leads to a PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

For the majority of the course, trainees are school-based. Trainees will be in their placement school unless attending sessions at their link university (in general terms one day per week), the weekly Professional Studies sessions at King James’s School on Wednesday mornings or School Experience Days at WRA partner schools.

WRA partner schools are:

  • King James’s School, Knaresborough
  • Allerton Grange School, Leeds
  • Bradford Grammar School
  • Stokesley School
  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Thirsk School and Sixth Form College
  • Ripon Grammar School
  • Sherburn High School
  • Tadcaster Grammar School
  • Boroughbridge High School
  • Ryedale School

Trainees undertake 2 placements in our partner schools: Placement 1 from September to Christmas and Placement 2 from January to June.

When deciding which schools our trainees will have their placements in, we take into account a number of factors including trainee home location and transport arrangements (ie. do you have your own vehicle or are you reliant on public transport?). We also have to take into account accommodating other members of the cohort and the availability of placements from our partner schools. Not all WRA partner schools are able to provide placements for all subjects & therefore on occasions, it may be necessary for trainees to undertake placements in non-WRA schools. In addition to 2 school placements, trainees also participate in School Experience Days in some of our other partner schools as part of our Professional Studies programme.

During their school placements trainees will be expected to cover the 11-16 age range plus obtain experience of some 11-18 as well during their course.

If there is any impact on school placements as a result of Covid-19, we will inform you before the course starts.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Honours degree in subject at 2.2 or above. If degree subject is not fully in course subject, but applicant has an A Level in the subject & can demonstrate subject-related experience, applicant may still be considered. If successful at interview, such an applicant may be required to complete subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) as an offer condition & it will be the candidate’s responsibility to gain such subject knowledge if the SKE package published in Dec 20 will not fund this.
  • GCSE Grade Cs or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics plus GCSE Science for Science subject applicants.

Personal qualities

  • Strong subject knowledge & willingness to develop it
  • Enthusiasm for subject and a desire to share this
  • Passion for both learning and teaching
  • Genuine interest in young people and their development
  • Strong and committed work ethic
  • Ability to build good working relationships with others
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Confidence in communicating with young people and adults of all levels
  • Resilience to cope under pressure
  • Creativity
  • Self-motivation
  • Resourcefulness and adaptability
  • Openness to constructive criticism
  • Reflective approach
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience

Other requirements

Standard university conditions will apply to all offers made at interview. These include proof of qualifications (candidates will be required to produce degree certificate & GCSE Maths & English certificates for verification), obtain Enhanced DBS clearance & complete a medical check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

About the training provider

The White Rose Alliance works with partner school & university colleagues to develop outstanding student teachers who are:

  • competent & confident professionals who learn that intellectual endeavour, criticality, & personal reflection are key to developing outstanding teaching
  • epistemic agents who act as independent thinkers, searching & critiquing a wide range of theories & research
  • able to engage in enquiry-rich practice & are intellectually curious about their work & receptive to new ideas
  • responsible professionals who embody high standards of professional ethics, recognising the social responsibilities of education
  • transformative & creative professionals who are highly motivated & committed

We are committed to delivering training that is current and relevant and that provides excellent opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues, so that you are well-equipped to be outstanding teachers and education leaders.

King James’s School Knaresborough is the lead school for the White Rose Alliance which is a partnership of successful 11-18 schools which provide a variety of educational contexts from inner city to rural based across North and West Yorkshire.

The White Rose Alliance is a well-established provider with a proven track record of bringing teachers into the profession through high quality Initial Teacher Training. We work in partnership with 3 universities in the region who accredit our courses. Across our previous 6 cohorts, 100% of trainees completing the course achieved graduating grades with 90% of trainees securing jobs of choice before or soon after graduating.

About the accredited body

Leeds Trinity University has been synonymous with high quality teacher training since 1966, when they were founded as a Catholic teacher training college.

Over the years, Leeds Trinity has diversified and expanded to become one of the UK’s top 15 universities for teaching quality and student experience*, but an unwavering commitment to outstanding teacher training has remained at the heart of what they do.

  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Interview process

WRA interviews take place remotely. Candidates will generally be given one week’s notice of interview whenever possible & dates/times are flexible.

Candidates will be required to undertake a subject test, prepare a lesson plan & resources for a teaching/learning activity (to present during the formal interview) & have a formal interview. The panel for the formal interview will comprise 2 members of a combination of White Rose Alliance staff, partner school staff or university staff. The formal interview will take place via Zoom & the subject test will be via email. Candidates will be advised of the interview outcome as soon as possible after the session, once all information from the interview activities has been collated.

Training with disabilities and other needs

For details about supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs, please see the websites of the respective university partner linked to the course you are interested in:

Leeds Trinity University - (

York St John University - (

Sheffield Hallam University - (

Contact this training provider

01423 866061
White Rose Alliance
King James's School
King James Road

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021