ARK Teacher Training Biology (2DGZ)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
ARK Teacher Training
Financial support

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

Ark Teacher Training’s purpose is to transform children’s lives through education, regardless of their circumstances or background. We are committed to providing the highest quality professional learning for trainee teachers, supporting them to have the biggest impact in the classroom and providing an excellent foundation for a successful career in education.

Ark Teacher Training gives you a firm and solid foundation in how to teach biology. Over the year you will have regular training sessions which are focused on how to be a great teacher of biology. During these sessions, we will cover a range of teaching approaches and methods to inspire and motivate pupils.

We will also cover how to teach children the analytical and mathematical skills that are critical to Biology, whilst covering approaches to ensure that pupils have a solid grasp of core concepts across all three sciences.

Across our network, our Biology teachers also have the chance to share resources and ideas between their own school and other partnership schools. They come together in subject-specific hub days, and work with our Network Lead for Science to improve the Science provision for KS3, GCSE and A-level across the network. By collaborating like this, all our Biology teachers have great support, and are equipped with the tools to enable our pupils to receive the best possible education.

School placements

Your training school - in London, Birmingham, Hastings or Portsmouth - will be matched to your particular profile as a candidate, while taking into account your commuting distance and funding/subject preferences (and availability on our programme, which changes as we move through the recruitment cycle).

Because of Covid-19 restrictions and pressures on schools regarding external visitors, you may not be able to visit your school before accepting an offer there. However, please be assured that schools are equally as keen to invite you to visit in person and will work with you to arrange this as soon as they can (most likely after your DBS check has been completed).

The training programme itself is 100% school-based, but you will come out of school to spend a half day every week in a session with your Ark tutor and other trainees from the network.

You’ll also obtain experience in different schools throughout the year; you will have a three week placement in a different school to your own, and will also have the opportunity to visit other educational settings.

Interview process

Once you’ve checked that you’re eligible, you can either submit your application directly through the UCAS or Apply portals, or use our own ‘Apply Now’ form, which is available on our website.

  • We will assess your application and let you know whether or not you meet our selection criteria.
  • Applicants who meet our criteria will be sent two online tests to complete: a situational judgement assessment and a subject knowledge test. You can have a look at the format of the situational judgement test on our website, here

  • If your application is shortlisted, you’ll be invited to our first stage of assessment with a recruiter: a video interview and pre-prepared presentation.

  • Successful applicants will then proceed to the final, school-led assessment. Due to Covid-19, this will be a video call with an interview panel consisting of a senior leadership team member or Principal of one of our partner schools, as well as members of our programme delivery and recruitment teams. You’ll ‘teach’ a short lesson and be asked to respond to feedback, as well as answer some questions to help us further determine your readiness to train to teach.

If you’re successful, we’ll match you with the school in our network that best fits your profile, and you’ll be offered a place there.

If you applied through our website originally, we’ll ask you to complete your UCAS form at this stage so we can finalise our decision through the formal portal.


For a full overview of the funding available on Ark Teacher Training, please see our website’s funding page.

  • On the salaried route, you will be paid a salary on the unqualified teacher payscale - usually trainees are paid at point 1. The amount varies depending on the Ark region you will be training in (London or outside).

  • Your school will also pay your £9,250 tuition fee

  • If your preference is for the salaried route but you could in fact afford to train on the Tuition fee route, we’d recommend you apply for the non-salaried route. Our places get taken up very quickly, but our schools tend to have more Tuition Fee places available.

Let us know at point of application and we’ll check with you again in the interview if you’re shortlisted.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Click here for a full overview of our qualification requirements.

  • If you studied overseas, consult NARIC before applying.

  • Certain entry requirements for teacher training are set by the government and all applicants must comply.

  • Others are specific to a training provider, and we have listed ours below.

Ark Teacher Training requirements:

  • a 2:2 degree or higher
  • good A-levels (B+ in 2 or more)
  • either your degree or an A-level in the subject you wish to train in (for subject knowledge purposes / your readiness to start!)

Personal qualities

Our applicants have a huge variety of experience between them, all of which can be used in the classroom.

However, there are some qualities we know all successful trainees have, regardless of their background or experience; we look for these at assessment:

  • Alignment with Ark’s values and ethos
  • Some experience with young people (doesn’t have to be in a school)
  • Great communication skills
  • Resilience (teaching is hard!)
  • Curiosity and eagerness to learn
  • Self-awareness and keenness to hear/act on feedback (you’ll receive a lot on our programme, every week!)

Other requirements

There’s a great deal to think about when you make the decision to train as a teacher: it’s an intensive year, but on Ark Teacher Training you’ll be well-supported and have plenty of time with your fellow trainees for moral support every week.

If you have questions about areas not covered in this search tool so far, our website covers a lot of specific information on our programme. Check out our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ if you can’t find what you’re looking for!

About the training provider

Ark Teacher Training is an Outstanding programme that allows graduates and career changers to become highly-effective, inspiring teachers, learning from some of the best educators in the profession.

We work in low income areas with a history of academic underachievement, striving for the best outcomes for all our pupils, regardless of their background. According to the Department for Education, Ark makes the biggest difference in transforming the lives of disadvantaged students out of all the major school groups.

  • Classroom teaching: from day one, you’ll be in the classroom so you can have an impact straight away. Your tutor and coach will support you to build up your independent teaching time during the year.

  • School orientation experience: before your course starts, spend time in your school meeting your new colleagues and interacting with pupils so you can hit the ground running in September.

  • Summer School: all new trainees come together over two weeks in August for an introduction to the programme, our schools and the principles of great teaching. You’ll also cover the essential elements of behaviour management, so you are ready for day one.

  • Weekly coaching and learning to plan: every week you’ll be observed by your in-school coach, so they can offer you positive feedback and bite-sized improvement targets.

  • Your trained lead planner will help you create effective lessons, developing your planning skills and giving you the opportunity to ask detailed subject -knowledge questions.

  • Weekly training: in-person training sessions with your tutors/peers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

  • Disabled access

We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody, so if you have a disability we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme if you are offered a place.

Please provide us with details if you would like us to make any adjustments for you on the assessment day. This will in no way affect the outcome of your application.

Whenever we build new schools, we ensure they have wheelchair access to classrooms. However, when an existing school joins the network, we have to work with the existing buildings and these can sometimes have limited accessibility.

  • Study Facilities Your PGCE qualification is accredited by Goldsmiths, University of London. The majority of your training sessions will take place in one of our schools, however, you will still have access to the online journals, library facilities and student support services provided by Goldsmiths.

Contact details

The Yellow Building
1 Nicholas Road


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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Ark Alexandra Academy
Ark Alexandra Academy, Park Avenue , Hastings , East Sussex , TN34 2PG
Yes Z
Ark Boulton Academy
Ark Boulton Academy, Golden Hillock Rd, Birmingham, B11 2QG
Yes 3
Ark Burlington Danes Academy
Ark Burlington Danes Academy, Wood Ln, White City, London , W12 0HR
Yes 4
Ark Charter Academy
Ark Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth, PO5 4HL
Yes G
Ark Victoria Academy
Ark Victoria Academy, Talbot Way, Birmingham, B10 0HJ
Yes M
Ark partner schools
Notting Hill, , London , W11 4AN
Yes 5
Main Site
65 Kingsway, Holborn, London, WC2B 6TD
Yes -

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