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Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance Biology (E333)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.hackneytsa.org.uk/learn

Contents

Course summary

Clapton Girls’ Academy is working in partnership with the University of Cumbria to provide Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct programme. The University of Cumbria is one of the largest providers of teacher training in Europe. Clapton Girls’ Academy is the Lead School for the School Direct Unsalaried route.

School Direct is a route into teacher training which allows schools or groups of schools to take a leading role in ITT provision in partnership with an accredited provider. It is underpinned by a belief that schools can improve the system by creating more school-led training that best meets the needs of schools and trainees. School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to work within their partnership schools. This new training route allows you to choose the school in which you train, with an expectation (but no absolute guarantee) of employment once you finish.

If you prefer to spend more time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice, and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment, then a School Direct programme is for you.

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance and School Direct are seeking people committed to enhancing the lives and education of the young people of Hackney. Applicants are required to have experience of working in a school setting and will need to demonstrate that they would be able to support Hackney schools in raising standards and fostering children’s well-being.

We are offering a post-graduate qualification through the University of Cumbria. Trainees will achieve their PGCE and 60 Masters’ credits. All trainees will be based in Hackney secondary schools, working alongside a current teacher and supported by qualified mentors and personal tutors. This is for high-quality graduates with a degree level of 2.1 or above, who want to be part of a school team from day one. All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, and Science, and have a good undergraduate degree.

School placements

All trainees will be based in Hackney secondary schools, working alongside a current teacher and supported by qualified mentors and personal tutors.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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

We are seeking people committed to enhancing the lives and education of the young people of Hackney. Applicants are required to have experience of working in a school setting and will need to demonstrate that they would be able to support Hackney schools in raising standards and fostering children’s well-being.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance (HTSA) is a long standing, supportive partnership of 14 schools incorporating primary, secondary and specialist provision. The alliance is steered by our executive board, which is comprised of two outstanding National Teaching Schools, Kingsmead Primary School and Clapton Girls’ Academy, and an outstanding National Support School, Stormont House School. Along with our network of partnership schools we work to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in our borough through effective collaboration and personalised support.

About the accredited body

The University of Cumbria is one of the largest providers of teacher training in the UK, and joint first in the UK for students completing their PGCE Secondary programme. In the last 10 years, we have trained over 10,000 new teachers. 9 in 10 of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA Graduates Outcome Survey 2020. Our graduate employment rate is 96% (HESA Graduates Outcome Survey 2020) and our graduates earn more than the average graduate within five years of graduating (LEO Report 2018)

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

At the HTSA we aim to be as inclusive in our practice as possible, and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. Additional support is available as necessary. If you have a special need or disability, we urge you to discuss this with us as early as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments and provide the support that you need.

Contact this training provider

Email
htsa@clapton.hackney.sch.uk
Telephone
020 8985 6641
Website
https://www.hackneytsa.org.uk/learn
Address
c/o Clapton Girls' Academy
Laura Place
Clapton
London
E5 0RB

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).

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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Apply

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