Teach Cheshire Biology (26GC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Manchester
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The Teach Cheshire partnership is led by The Fallibroome Academy, All Hallows Catholic College and Poynton High School. It has a hub centred around Macclesfield and Poynton, mainly in 11-18 schools, and a second hub in Winsford. We have high academic standards and are passionate about enabling our students to be creative, resilient and independent learners.

Our team of experienced and enthusiastic mentors will help you become a confident teacher so that you can make a difference to the lives of young people. Through our partnership with our university colleagues, we aim to create a varied development programme that helps you learn about effective teaching and learning, behaviour and assessment strategies.

During the course, you can expect:

  • Weekly meetings with a well-qualified specialist subject mentor to help with lesson planning and delivery
  • Fortnightly meetings with a professional mentor to ensure you develop a wider awareness of the role of the teacher, for example by supporting a form or engaging in extra-curricular activities
  • A study of current, challenging educational issues
  • A thorough programme of ongoing professional development and careers advice
  • Opportunities for reflective practice and research.

Most of the year is spent on placement in your home school with a 6-7 week placement in a different school in the Spring.

Whilst on placement your school will offer a full programme of CPD tailored to your needs. In addition, there are a number of joint development days, each held in a different Teach Cheshire school giving you the chance to meet all the trainees on the programme and experience a number of different contexts.

You have about 40 university study days which tend to blocked in September, January and March. University tutorials are held at The University of Manchester campus on Oxford Road, Manchester.

You are assessed against the Teacher Standards through regular lesson observations and the development of a portfolio of evidence. You submit a written assignment to the university each term, reflecting on teaching and learning pedagogy and its application in the classroom.

School placements

You will spend 120 days doing teaching practice in two different schools. The majority of the time is in your home school. We follow the pattern of home school in the Autumn Term, a 6 to 7 week placement in a different school in the Spring Term and back to your home school for the Summer Term.

Home schools are close to our hubs in the Macclesfield and Poynton or Winsford area and the schools we normally use for second placements are in Stockport, South Manchester or the Winsford area. We work hard to ensure travelling times are reasonable.

You will start by observing how experienced staff manage lesson delivery and then you will start to teach parts of the lesson, supported by the normal class teacher.

Your teaching load increases gradually over the year. In the first term, you will build up to teaching a 40% timetable. This increases to around 60% in your second placement and to around 70% by the summer term.

As well as teaching subject lessons, you will work with a form group and have the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities. This ensures you are fully integrated into school life. You will be supported throughout by your subject mentor and professional mentor.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

We are looking for:

  • enthusiasm for working with children and a determination to make a difference to the lives of young people of all abilities
  • passion for your subject
  • awareness of current educational issues
  • personal awareness of your role as teacher in relation to teaching and learning
  • your capacity to engage in an intensive period of training
  • good communication skills
  • the capacity to reflect on your experience

We encourage prospective applicants to attend one of our regular visitor days.

Other requirements

When we make an offer, it is typical for there to be a number of conditions. For example:

  • An enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
  • A health screening questionnaire

In some circumstances:

  • Successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. These courses are available for certain subjects and give a good grounding in the curriculum knowledge required to teach. Suitable candidates may be eligible for a bursary.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,000

About the training provider

Teach Cheshire is an experienced School Direct Alliance with a hub centred around Macclesfield and Poynton for both secondary and primary teacher training.

All of the schools in the Alliance have comprehensive intakes and you will get experience of working with young people of all abilities. We have high academic standards and we are passionate about enabling our students to be confident, articulate, creative and resilient.

We have very high completion rates and all trainees have been graded good or outstanding. Over the past five years, on average, 90% of Teach Cheshire trainees found teaching jobs at the end of the course, with a significant proportion employed within the Teach Cheshire partnership. We work closely with our university colleagues to share the delivery of the programme so that you have the opportunity to apply learning from university sessions to the practical context of the classroom, supported and guided by experienced and enthusiastic teachers.

As a Teach Cheshire trainee, you are fully immersed into wider school life, with the opportunity to build up strong relationships with the staff and students in each placement school. You spend time in two different partnership schools, normally starting in one in the Autumn term, going to a contrasting placement in the Spring term and then returning to the first school in the Summer term.

Interview process

Interviews are held at regular intervals throughout the year.

Interviews will be held online and will include:

  • preparation of a lesson in advance with an explanation of how you would deliver it and why you have approached the topic in this manner.
  • a subject knowledge self-assessment
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject specialists

Please note that you do not need to have completed school experience before the interview

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Specialist disability and inclusion staff at both universities provide confidential information, advice and guidance to support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. Teach Cheshire schools will work closely with the universities to ensure needs are met whilst on placements.

Contact this training provider

01625 827898
SK10 4AF

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.