Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Benfleet Team Supporting All Biology (2X4P)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Tes Institute
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Our highly effective School Direct Initial Teacher training Programme for Biology trainees is delivered in school through a blended learning approach. The combination of face to face training, online learning and 1-1 personalised feedback will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to be a successful and highly respected teacher.

The BTSA and its partner schools provide in-school training and teaching practice supported by highly skilled mentors and their departments. Mentors will meet with you formally for a minimum of one hour per week and ensure that you receive a formal lesson observation every week with targeted feedback. You and others in your cohort will meet on a regular basis to participate in training and discuss your views and opinions. In this way you will establish the confidence to use your personality in the classroom and develop your own personal style.

You will be treated as a member of the school staff from the moment you start and as such have the opportunity to have a real impact on the life of the school. This also brings great accountability as what you do really does matter.

TES Institute, our strategic partner provides you with high-quality on-line learning materials, many of which are delivered by national experts in their field. These are studied in your host school during the designated study day. Highly qualified and experienced Pathway Tutors (external mentor) will provide you with the interactive feedback and will support and challenge you, along with the school mentor, throughout the programme.

Your pathway tutor will monitor your progress in these learning modules with interactive feedback. They will visit you a minimum of six times in the year, for half a day per half term. During their visits they will observe you teaching and provide bespoke feedback on what they have seen. Specific objectives will then be agreed for you to deliberately practice. Monitoring of your progress will be ongoing as you progressively gain the skills and knowledge needed to be effective in the classroom.

The course is assessed through observations by your mentor, your external tutor and the senior managers of your school. The course is assessed through observations by your mentor, your pathway tutor and senior managers of your school. You will compile a portfolio of evidence across the year and complete two written assignments.

School placements

We have listed all partnership schools who could potentially offer to host trainees in this subject. If you identify a preference for a host school at application stage we will endeavour to see if this is possible. However, due to changing circumstances this cannot be guaranteed.

When selected for interview up to three of our partner schools could be present at your interview. If you are offered a training place by more than one school you will have the opportunity to visit the schools to spend some time getting to know the school, students and the staff in your subject department. Once you have done this you make the choice as to which of the schools in which you would like to train.

Schools in the BTSA Secondary

  • Appleton School, Benfleet
  • Castle View School, Canvey Island
  • Cornelius Vermuyden School, Canvey Island
  • FitzWimarc School, Rayleigh
  • Greensward Academy, Hockley
  • James Hornsby School, Basildon
  • King Edmund School, Rochford
  • King John School, Thundersley, Benfleet
  • St Bernard’s High School, Westcliff on Sea
  • Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh
  • Woodlands School, Basildon

The main placement will be in your host school from the start of September to the beginning of July with a second placement in a school in a contrasting context, from January to February half term. You will also have a two day visit to a school at the key stage below or above that in which you are training. There will also be a one day visit to Special educational needs school and a one day visit to a school with a high proportion of pupils with English as an additional language.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Castle View School
Foksville Rd, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7FH
Cornelius Vermuyden School
Dinant Avenue, Canvey, Essex, SS8 9QS
Greensward Academy
Greensward Lane, Hockley, Essex , SS5 5HG
James Hornsby
Leinster Road, Laindon, Basildon, Essex, SS15 5NX
King Edmund School
Vaughn Close, Rochford, Essex, ss4 1tl
Main Site
The Appleton School, Croft Road, Benfleet, SS7 5RN
St Bernards High School
Milton Road, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 7JS
Sweyne Park
Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ
The Fitzwimarc School
72 Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS68EB
The King John School
Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1RQ
Woodlands School
Takely End, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5BA

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

Teachers are required to communicate with a wide range of people therefore it is essential that applicants can demonstrate excellent communication skills. Teaching is a challenging and demanding career both in terms of the training and the actual role. To ensure that we train teachers who go on to be successful, it is essential that applicants are fully committed to a career in teaching, understand exactly what such a career involves and have the necessary resilience . Having a sound grasp and understanding of your subject and being enthusiastic about working with young people is essential.

Other requirements

School experience is not essential and we welcome applications from all interested candidates.

If you are interested in getting classroom experience this could help you decide whether teaching is right for you and we will happily help you arrange this in one of our partner schools. On a school experience visit, during your time in a school, you will have the opportunity to:

  • talk with teachers about day to day school life
  • observe teaching and pastoral work
  • watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught

Contact: to discuss arranging a visit.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

ITT tuition fees for academic year 2022/23

  • £8,625 ITT leading to QTS only
  • £9,250 ITT leading to QTS and a PGCE

Trainees may choose to use their NCTL bursary to cover some or all of their tuition fees if available. Payment options may also be available on request to TES Institute but an additional administration fee may apply. ITT bursary Depending on the subject that you wish to teach, you may be eligible to receive a tax-free ITT training bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The amount of funding that you may be able to receive depends on the level of your degree qualification, the subject that you want to teach and you meeting all of the eligibility criteria. This bursary payments offered vary from year to year as recruitment priorities change nationally. Teacher training grants and loans Applicants may be able to apply for a tuition fee loan and/or a living cost loan or grant through the Student Loans Company to help with costs associated with the programme.
For full details of the ITT bursaries and eligibility criteria visit

About the training provider

The BTSA is led by three schools (The King John School, The Appleton School and Kingston Primary School) with 30 local Primary and Secondary schools in the partnership (Benfleet, Canvey, Basildon, Rayleigh, Rochford and Westcliff on Sea in Essex)

We are committed to attracting, training and developing the very best graduates so that the students within our area have the very best teachers and as a result exceed the progress targets expected of them.

In order to realise this vision our schools have made a commitment to work together to provide a high quality training programme with TES Institute. Applicable to both the primary and secondary sectors.

Our school based teacher training programme is led and supported by the finest classroom practitioners, using the high quality resources developed by TES Institute. The programme maximises time spent in the classroom and ensures that the face to face professional studies programme is focused, relevant and up to date. These sessions are led by top practitioners and school leaders in our locality.

Each year our cohort of trainees are fully supported and challenged with our personalised yet tried and tested approach. In the last three years 68% of all of our trainees have completed the course with outstanding grading’s. Employment rates on completion of training currently stand at 100%.

In 2017 BTSA were shortlisted for a collaboration award at the national TES School Awards.

Interview process

We will assess your application form to see if you have met our entry requirements. It is important to present your application in an accurate and professional manner. Your personal statement is your opportunity to provide your reasons for wishing to pursue a career in teaching, mentioning any additional skills you may have and to reflect on your experiences.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited for an interview at one of our partnership schools. Representatives from up to three of the partnership schools may be present at the interview.

The Interview day will involve an observation of you teaching a class for at least 30 minutes. Advance notice will be given of the topic, year group and ability of the children that you will be teaching. This will be followed by a formal interview where you will be asked to reflect on what went well during your lesson and on areas for development.

The BTSA and every partner school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers must share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other relevant employment checks, including overseas criminal background checks, where applicable. All new trustees, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training in induction which will be regularly updated in line with statutory guidance.

Both references will be verified and if necessary follow up checks made.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

TES Institute and BTSA are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies. TES Institute will:

  • Encourage applications from people with disabilities
  • Seek to provide information in suitable formats
  • Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential and suitability to train to teach
  • Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated
  • Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable
  • Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants
  • Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required
  • Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed
  • Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students
  • Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies
  • Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required

Contact this training provider

01268 794215
Croft Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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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 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022