Lampton Academy Biology (2956)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
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.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner equipped with the subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding to teach science (biology) for the 11-16 curriculum. Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course, you will receive central training at the SCITT one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. These are delivered by outstanding current practitioners with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and exploring the latest research in pedagogy.

The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in science teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school.

The science (biology) programme is designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the science specified in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, and your chosen science specialism, biology, at Key Stage 4 and, if appropriate, at post-16. Students join the course with a variety of science degrees and backgrounds. At the start of the course you will complete a personal subject knowledge audit and begin an action plan to build on your subject knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme.

In addition to the primary focus of the course on teaching science (biology) for the 11-16 curriculum, you will have access to a post 16 curriculum, an experience at primary school and a second placement in a contrasting school. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils’ competence in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities.

School placements

There are currently 14 schools in the LWA SCITT partnership, mainly located in or near the borough of Hounslow, although some are situated more widely across London. The course is for 11-16 but we guarantee experience of KS5 as part of the programme. Trainees have 2 placements, the first placement is their main school. However, they will spend half a term from January until mid-February in a contrasting second placement school.

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.

GCSEs (or approved equivalents) at grade 4 (grade C) or above in both mathematics and English Language. We accept the equivalency tests in mathematics offered by Equivalency Testing and A Star Teachers. We accept the equivalency tests in English offered by IELTS with a score of 7.0 ( or above or Trinity ISE III Trinity College

Personal qualities

We actively welcome applications from a range of trainees with different backgrounds. We believe our pupils benefit from working with teachers with different experiences; from more mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the world of work: to applicants straight from their first degrees. However all potential candidates should have:

  • a strong sense of moral purpose and belief in the transformative purpose of education
  • high professional standards
  • a passion for their subject
  • excellent communication skills
  • ability to think critically
  • excellent organisational skills
  • empathy
  • resilience
  • stamina

Other requirements

  1. Successful candidates are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition checks. Those who have worked or lived abroad for 12 months or more cumulatively in the previous 10 years to application will need to provide an Overseas Police check.
  2. Literacy and numeracy competency to be assessed through the LWA SCITT.


Salaries will be paid by placement schools based on the unqualified teacher scale. The PGCE qualification incurs no extra tuition fee and therefore there are no other fees for this course

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

We have been leading innovation and developing expertise in initial teacher training for 16 years and our programme is led by a team of highly expert practitioners who are also established researchers in the field of education and teacher development. Our intensive training programme is at the cutting edge, with enhanced professional studies to enable you to be creative practitioners ready for the challenges of teaching in the 21st century. This secondary programme will prepare you to teach young people in the 11-16 age phase. You will also benefit from opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth form level and from learning about pupil experience of the primary curriculum. Begin your journey into the profession with us!

You can achieve Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Masters level credits when you train with us. We offer a PGCE using the expertise of our partner Roehampton University who provide our research based subject studies.

We will also support you in developing your subject knowledge for teaching. Our subject mentors are effective teachers and in addition they are required to undertake a training programme, based on most effective practice, ready to support you on your entry into the profession.

We have an excellent employability record, with excellent employment outcomes

Interview process

A rigorous selection and interview process is undertaken so that only candidates with excellent subject knowledge and aptitude for teaching enter the programme. Interviews take place at the LWA SCITT (Lampton School). The interview process is designed to assess suitability to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • communication skills (literacy and oracy)
  • potential to teach and understanding of a teacher’s role
  • subject knowledge
  • personal, organisational and transferable skills

The assessment day consists of the following:

  • a short teaching activity with pupils focused on clear communication and potential to teach
  • a group activity focused on communication and listening skills and the candidates’ vision and values about teaching; a reading and writing task
  • a panel interview
  • confirmation of identity and qualifications
  • the opportunity to identify development needs

After the assessment day you will receive formal notification via the DfE portal. You may be made a conditional offer (for example, dependent on the skills tests, equivalency testing, subject knowledge enhancement courses). You may receive an unconditional offer (still subject to enhanced safeguarding clearance). When you have accepted a place on our course we will contact you with details on starting the programme.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

Individual needs are identified through application and interview process to ensure appropriate and reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate the candidate prior to starting the course. Throughout the course trainees are assigned to one of the lead members of the central team with whom they have regular one to one check ins. This means those with particular needs can be regularly monitored and early support can be put in place where necessary and in conjunction with appropriate agencies when needed.

Contact this training provider

020 8538 4790
Lampton School
Lampton Avenue

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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