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Humber Teaching School Biology (36FG)

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.

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

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to successful trainees at the end of the full School Direct Training year. This allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This qualification is also recognised internationally. Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree. The School Direct Programme runs from September through to July, for each academic year. The Humber Teaching School provides an exceptionally high standard and varied compulsory CPD training programme throughout the training year. All CPD is delivered by outstanding teachers from across the Teaching School Alliance. At the start of the year trainees attend compulsory blocks of training at the HEI and subsequently attend the HEI once a week throughout the remainder of the School Direct training year. Trainees work very closely with an institution/school-based mentor, have weekly meetings with this mentor and monitor personal progress against The Teachers’ Standards. The amount of time you spend teaching will gradually increase over the course of the year. It is unique according to each trainee’s individual progression paths, their confidence and prior classroom experience. Trainees will work towards teaching a 70% timetable by the end of the programme. All trainees will work with a school-based mentor from within their specialist subject area, or key stage. They will observe and teach lessons with both the mentor and host teachers within the specific area. Primary applicants can opt to train in either 3-7 (including EYFS) or 5-11 age categories, which will be covered across the two placement institutions and three teaching phases.

School placements

The School Direct training programme will take place in two institutions over the course of the academic year. A key benefit of the Humber Teaching School Training is that applicants can select their phase one placement institution, which is returned to for the entirety of phase three. The Humber Teaching School allocates the phase two contrasting institution placement, which is based around the specific training needs of those on our courses.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Caistor Yarborough Academy
Grimsby Road, Caistor, Lincolnshire, LN7 6QZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

The minimum qualifications needed are:

A 2nd class degree or higher. If applying for a Secondary course this should ideally be subject specific.

Applicants must have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE examinations for English and Mathematics, or a suitable equivalent.

Personal qualities

Applicants must show enthusiasm and confidence for the subject; a commitment to teaching and possess a genuine desire to enhance the learning experiences of young people. Applicants must have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team, show good interpersonal skills and display reflection on their own practice. Good communication and organisational skills are essential to a trainees progression throughout this course.

Other requirements

Please note that prior school-based experience is not a statutory requirement for our applicants. We do, however, view such experience as desirable. All applicants to the Humber Teaching School must possess an Enhanced DBS criminal records check, as a compulsory requirement, to enable them to work across Schools within our partnership. This must be in place by 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Humber Teaching School (HTS), School Direct (SD) Teacher Training Programme is a ‘hands-on’ and ‘bespoke’ programme. Trainees spend the majority of their training year in their placement schools ‘learning on the job’ from outstanding experienced classroom practitioners. A key feature of The Humber Teaching School’s SD programme is that applicants decide which institution they wish to undertake their training in, therefore all of Phase One and Three are completed in the institution of the trainee’s choice. Trainees train in two contrasting institutions and SD places are offered across the full age range (from EYFS through to 16-19 experience in colleges). The Humber Teaching School is extremely proud of its 100% success rate, achieved consistently since 2011 when the Teaching School originated. All HTS trainees since this time, wishing to gain employment within the local area have done so. Many have gained employment within the Teaching School Alliance institutions. All placements through The Humber Teaching School are in outstanding and good local Primary and Secondary Schools.

About the accredited body

The Humber Teaching School has worked successfully in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University since 2011.

Interview process

Once shortlisted by The Humber Teaching School, applicants will be invited to attend interview with both The Humber Teaching School and HEI partner, following a telephone pre-screening. The interview requires applicants to undertake a series of individual teaching based tasks. Applicants will be interviewed either face-to-face in a school setting or via video conference. The interview tasks include: an assessment of classroom proficiency and teaching potential, through a taught lesson or presentation. An assessment of applicant’s reflection and evaluation skills, followed by a formal panel interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Humber Teaching School cares equally about all of our trainees and aim to support the needs of every trainee with consistency throughout the entirety of the School Direct training year. However, we are very proud to offer a programme of ‘bespoke’ support and professional development that is suitable to the varying and individual needs of all our trainees. Applicants are not obliged to disclose their disabilities and appropriate provision will be provided for all trainees to promote positive equality.

Contact this training provider

The Humber Teaching School
Low Road
DN41 7QD

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