Plymouth Teachers and Schools Alliance Biology (2WTJ)

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

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.ptsa.uk

Contents

Course summary

A one-year programme centered entirely in our Plymouth schools, where you will be part of a school team from day one.

You will benefit from a full 40-week schedule from the start of term in September 2023 to the end of the Summer Term 2024. Complementing your time learning the job in school you’ll receive training from our Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) and HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school experience. SLE Learning Hubs have been developed across the city to support subject and pedagogy specialisms. Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences.

Trainees are ready for employment after completing their course and support will continue to be provided in your NQT years from your employer, Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Teaching School Alliance.

The training will include:

Plymouth Marjon University Academic Modules and Four Conferences.

PTSA Subject Knowledge Schedule (Majority of SK sessions are PTSA SLE led)

Oracy session for all trainees

School placements

PTSA School Direct trainees are placed in a Plymouth.

The host school placement is the school where you will work for most of the academic year.

You will have a Subject Mentor and a PTSA school-based Professional Tutor in school to support you.

You will have a second placement to gain teaching experience in a complementary school.

The HEI provide professional study support and a QA tutor for the PTSA school-based Professional Tutor to link with.

For all trainees, the PTSA School Direct programme follows the academic year in the Host School. That is, it will begin on the first day of school in September and finish when the school year ends in July.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Tuition fees apply

About the training provider

Plymouth Teachers and School Alliance (PTSA) is an inclusive teaching school serving the schools of Plymouth and the region. The PTSA benefits from a mature ‘blended’ model of delivery alongside Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Learning Partnership Community Interest Company (PLP CiC). The two lead schools are High View Primary and Prince Rock Primary (Learning Academies Trust).

In addition to our inclusive values, we also seek to promote collaboration and evidence-informed practice. These values underpin our work. Evidence of this can be seen in the 50 schools that contribute to our teaching school alliance, our unique approach to CPD, and the wide-variety of collaborative partnerships and programmes that we offer.

We benefit from working alongside our partners in the Plymouth Local Authority, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University. We also collaborate with our regional teaching school neighbours and access expertise at a national level. We believe in a practitioner-led and school-led system and help facilitate this at all levels. We also strive to have training and support available to all educational professionals regardless of where they are in their career, from trainee teachers to CEOs.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Training with disabilities and other needs can be supported.

Contact this training provider

Email
info@ptsa.uk
Telephone
07766 942685
Website
http://www.ptsa.uk
Address
LAT Central Office
Salisbury Road Primary School
St Judes
Plymouth
PL4 8QZ

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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