Luton Futures
Biology (3BHT)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
Approximately 15 months
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

How the course works This is largely a distance learning course. It is based on the distance learning resources on the e-Qualitas virtual learning environment and is hosted by your base school. You will spend most of your time in your base school. You will also attend some training days run by e-Qualitas (about 10 days, held in a venue in central London).

Course content You will follow a course that leads to QTS. The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which should be worked on concurrently. Module 1A: Lesson planning. How to plan lessons well, including choosing the most appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Module 1B: Behaviour. How to manage pupils during lessons, and motivating them towards learning. Module 1C: Assessment. How to assess pupils’ learning in each subject, and use assessment information when planning and teaching lessons. Module 2: Meeting needs of different groups of pupils. How to ensure that all groups of pupils do as well as possible eg those who speak English as an additional language, high attaining pupils, those with special educational needs. Module 3: The wider context of teaching and learning in schools today. Barriers to learning ie why some pupils do not do as well as they should, and how teachers can make a difference to this eg through developing their skills in literacy (reading and writing). Module 4: Subject teaching. Bringing everything together, how to teach really effectively. This builds on all the earlier training in how to teach effectively, and involves an in-depth study of an aspect of subject teaching. There are two formal assignments: an essay exploring aspects of meeting the needs of different groups of pupils (linked to Module 2), and a subject-related essay (linked to Module 4).

Assessment Your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed formally at four points: when you start, after 10 working weeks, 20 working weeks and at the end of the training period. These assessments are carried out jointly by trainees, school staff and e-Qualitas tutors. Your formal assignments are marked by e-Qualitas tutors.

Interview process

Initial selection Applications are considered by the school, and selected for interview on the basis of the information within the application. We pay particular attention to qualifications, the personal statement, and the references.

Interview Applicants who are invited to interview must take the following: their original qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo ID eg a passport, and evidence of residence eg a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement).

The interview will take up to a day, and include teaching a lesson or part of a lesson. After the interview, an offer is made or you are given feedback on why you were unsuccessful.

If you accept the conditional offer, you will complete additional in-school experience in preparation for the training (e-Qualitas provides pre-training activities), during which time an e-Qualitas tutor visits you at the school to work out the individualised plan for your training. The place is confirmed once you have met all the conditions of offer, which include passing the skills tests.

How school placements work

You will be based in one of the Luton Futures schools during your training, with a placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school.

Information about the Luton Futures schools


As a postgraduate teaching apprentice, you will be employed by one of the partnership schools. Your salary will be at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale. You will not need to pay any tuition fees.

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.



GCSE Applicants must have GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Adult literacy and numeracy or GCSE English literature are not accepted.

e-Qualitas recognises equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing.

Degree Priority is given to applicants who have at least a 2.1 honours degree. If your degree is lower than a 2.1 or not wholly in the subject you are applying to teach, your statement should demonstrate your academic potential to become an excellent teacher and explain how you have degree-level expertise in the subject.

Overseas qualifications Overseas qualifications must be checked for UK equivalence by NARIC.

Personal qualities


We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:

  • Subject knowledge
  • Motivation to become the best teacher possible
  • Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Capacity for hard work
  • Perseverance
  • Good organisational skills - the course expects trainees to manage their own learning within a distance-learning approach
  • Empathy and a liking for young people
  • Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher

Other requirements

The apprenticeship route is for applicants who have UK or EU nationality. Applicants from the EU are expected to have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the 3 years immediately prior to starting the programme.

It is recommended that applicants should have some in-school experience eg from school visits and voluntary work, as this gives an understanding of the teaching role and its responsibilities.

All offers of places are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure and a medical health check.

Advice on entry requirements is available from the Programme Director (01892 513881 or

About the training provider

Luton Futures is a partnership of schools with a strong commitment to working together. Information about the partnership can be found on the Luton Futures website.

If you are looking for a teacher training course in which you spend most of your time in school while you study, our PG teaching apprenticeship programme may be for you.

You will be based in one of the Luton Futures schools during your training. You will spend much of your time in class, teaching your specialist subject to the 11-16 age range and working with other teachers.

This will be complemented by a placement of about 6 weeks in another school plus various other visits.

Your study will be based on the distance learning resources on the e-Qualitas virtual learning environment (VLE). Training sessions are provided by experienced school staff, and you will attend some training days run by e-Qualitas (about 10 days, held in a venue in central London). You will also have a subject-specialist visiting tutor from e-Qualitas.

About the accredited body

The most recent (December 2012) Ofsted report for e-Qualitas comments that a key strength of the provision is the ‘highly personalised training that is very well structured to enable almost all trainees, with support, to take control of their own development, and become good or better teachers’.

The e-Qualitas administration office is in Tunbridge Wells, Kent but you will not need to visit it. All e-Qualitas students are based in the school which provides most of their training.

The venue e-Qualitas currently uses for most of its training days is in London SE1 (close to Borough tube station).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability access is available at Ashcroft High School (the lead school) and at several of the Luton Futures partnership schools. If you need disability access, we will ensure that you are placed in schools with full access.

If your needs are not related to mobility, contact the Programme Director at the e-Qualitas office so that we can identify what additional support might be appropriate for you. Telephone 01892 513881 or email

Contact details

Ashcroft High School
Crawley Green Road


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