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Achieve with TELA Biology (2MFY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Achieve with TELA School Direct programme is an established programme with a successful track record working in partnership with University of Leicester.

The course structure during your training year is split between time at University and two high quality teaching placements over two schools. During your school placement you will have an experienced and supportive mentor in school and cover teaching practice across the varied secondary age ranges.

Achieve with TELA also offer Professional Study days, giving you the opportunity to visit different schools and meet different educational professionals and senior school leaders. Achieve school-based sessions are delivered by people working and teaching in the current education environment. You will also be part of the Achieve pedagogy twilights sessions that run during your school placements. You will be part of the Achieve cohort with other trainee teachers studying across different subjects and Universities.

Taught sessions at the University link theory with practice and prepare you for your teaching placements and completion of your assignments. These sessions introduce you to the principles and theory of good teaching practice and prepare you for your placements. These take place in the School of Education and are delivered by University tutors. On the secondary course, you’ll focus on preparing to teach your particular area of specialism. Throughout the course you’ll be supported by a personal tutor who’ll meet with you regularly to provide guidance, as well as monitoring your progress. On each of your teaching placements, you’ll also be supported by a visiting University tutor whose role is to ensure things run smoothly and that you have the best possible experience.

Your progress will be assessed throughout the course by your personal tutor, school-based mentors and other University tutors.

You’ll also be required to complete two, 5,000-word written assignments. These are closely linked to the time you’ll spend in school and require you to reflect critically on your experience and learning during your placements.

All students on our PGCE course begin on the Masters-level route. Depending on your attainment in the written assignments, you’ll graduate with one of two awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which provides 90 Level 7 Masters credits.

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which does not carry Masters level credits.

For students who meet the assessment criteria, both qualifications lead to recommendation for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

School placements

School placements are two high quality teaching placements over two schools.

During your school placements you will have an experienced and supportive mentor, as well as an Initial Teacher Training coordinator in each school along with the support from Achieve and the University.

You will be teaching across the whole 11-18 age range.

Were possible we will tell you which schools your placements are in prior to you starting the course. This gives you the opportunity to visit your placement schools and meet the teams you will be training with before you start your placement. If you have a preference for a placement in one of our alliance schools, please do let us know and if we can we will try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree Applicants should have minimum 2:2 honours degree. This should be in a subject closely related to the subject specialism. As a guideline the main subject should have comprised at least 50% of the degree course. If you have a good A-Level in this subject, you may still be considered by completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programme.

GCSEs Minimum Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. (New grading system from 2017 GCSE ’ Grade 4’ or above)

Overseas applicants will need to prove equivalent overseas qualifications via NARIC.

Personal qualities

The Achieve School Direct programme is a challenging course and we aim to recruit the best. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge and relevant experience as well as a passion for working with young people.

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people, being able to develop positive relationships with young people and adults. An ability to listen, be sensitive, work collaboratively and respond to the needs of others are all crucial. You will need to be able to express your ideas confidently both orally and in writing.

Other requirements

All trainee students will be subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

You’ll pay the University tuition fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Please check the University website for confirmation on their tuition fees and support available.

Up to date information on bursaries is available on the Get into Teaching website.

About the training provider

Achieve with TELA School Based Initial Teacher Training programme is an established programme with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

“The experience and opportunities you will receive are invaluable” LP/English Achieve School Direct Trainee

Achieve have been involved in teacher training for over 10 years and have a proven track record of success with the majority of our graduates finding employment within our alliance of schools.

“A very supportive alliance. Talented staff with a passion to teach people how to teach” MM/ Drama Achieve School Direct Trainee

We provide Schools Direct Initial Teacher Training in primary and secondary education. Working in partnership with the Leicestershire SCITT and university partners : The University of Leicester and Warwick University. All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

“The training sessions were relevant and pragmatic. As well as the content it was always great to meet up with other Achieve trainees” AD /Science -Achieve School Direct Trainee

Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced and supportive mentors in two schools with varied age ranges.

“Getting to experience a number of different schools during training was incredibly worthwhile “ JF/ Maths -Achieve School Direct Trainee

Achieve and TELA are with you every step of the way through your teaching career.

Interview process

Thomas Estley is the lead school in the Achieve alliance and will co-ordinate the recruitment process. On receipt of your UCAS application, it will be screened to ensure that you met our criteria. We are looking for evidence across the following areas:

  • Suitable academic qualifications (refer to entry requirements)
  • Experience (paid or voluntary) in UK schools or educational-related settings, or in wider working with children or young people environment.
  • A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on this experience. Consider how your experiences, skills and achievements provide evidence that you have the potential to meet the selection criteria. Pay particular attention to reflecting on relevant experience in a way that indicates a capacity for critical reflection and an awareness of key issues in education.
  • References, you will require an academic and non-academic reference. Please refer to the see the UCAS website for more guidance on suitable referees. If your application is successfully you will be invited to an assessment day. This will involve a 1/2-day assessment at Thomas Estley. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. The day will include: Subject knowledge test Classroom observation task Group discussion task Ten-minute presentation A pupil panel interview Staff panel interview

We aim to notify you with 48 hrs if you have been successful or provide you with feedback as to why you have been unsuccessful.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are happy to receive applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the candidates needs across the alliance.

Contact this training provider

01455 283 263 ext 3206
Station Road
Broughton Astley

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.

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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 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021