The Hampshire SCITT Partnership Biology (2WDB)

PGCE with QTS full time

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

From the very start of your training, you will be part of the teaching team in your school. Your programme will include training days across a number of schools in The Hampshire SCITT Partnership, training in your own school, subject specialist days led by outstanding practitioners and personalised training.

Most of the training is delivered by practitioners in some of the best secondary schools in Hampshire. You will be assigned to one of the schools in our partnership for most of your training (your ‘home’ school) and you will have a second school placement, typically six weeks, which will give you opportunities to extend your practice in a different setting. We prepare our trainees to teach the 11-16 age range. All our partnership schools have comprehensive intakes and you will be working with young people of all abilities.

Staff from the University of Reading will prepare you for the two academic assignments, the successful completion of which is required for the award of a PGCE and you will have access to the University Library for your academic research. Each Friday will be dedicated to training in one of our partnership schools. On those days, there will be opportunities for discussion, both formal and informal with practitioners and with your peers. You will benefit from being part of a highly supportive, professional network.

You will be assigned two members of staff in your ‘home’ and second placement schools, one from your subject area and one who has responsibility for all the trainees in that school. From the beginning you will be treated like a member of staff and you will attend staff meetings and professional development days.

Each year, we offer some salaried places. Successful applicants will have a contract with their home school and will earn a salary during the training. In return for the salary, you will be expected to teach some classes on your own from the start of the school year. For this reason, salaried places are best suited to those who have some experience of working in a school in either a support role or as an unqualified teacher. Salaried vacancies can be found under provider code 16P.

School placements

Across our partnership, we work with some of the best secondary schools in Hampshire. All our partner schools are committed to providing outstanding initial teacher training and typically, they offer places in subjects in which they are needing to recruit. Although there is no guarantee of a job in your home school, each year at least 85% of our trainees gain full time teaching posts in one of these schools.

All safer recruitment procedures are followed by The Hampshire SCITT Partnership. All the schools in our partnership are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and they expect all staff and trainees to share responsibility for this.

When selecting a school for an applicant, the SCITT Director looks very carefully at travel time because we want our trainees to spend their time developing their practice rather than travelling. The average distance our trainees travel to their schools is 6 miles.

We prepare our trainees to teach the 11-16 age range. Trainees start the programme in their “home” school, then have a placement in a second school in the first half of the Spring Term before returning to their “home school” until the programme finishes at the end of June.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Brighton Hill Community School
Brighton Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 4HS
Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise
Shakespeare Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 4FZ
Eggar’s School
London Road, Holybourne, Alton, GU34 4EQ
John Hanson Community School
Floral Way, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3PB
Main Site
Thornden School, Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, SO53 2DW
Robert May’s School
West Street, Odiham, Hook, RG29 1NA
The Henry Beaufort School
East Woodhay Road, Harestock, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6JJ
The Mountbatten School - A Language and Sports College
Whitenap Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 5SY
The Romsey School
Greatbridge, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8ZB

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We warmly welcome applicants from all backgrounds for whom becoming a highly effective teacher is their career aim.

In applications and during the interview process, we look for the following:

  • A desire to teach and enthuse young people
  • An awareness of the challenges of teaching
  • An awareness of the challenges of the training programme
  • Commitment
  • Strong subject -based academic background
  • Good communication skills
  • An ability to engage young people in learning
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • Familiarity with the curriculum for the relevant key stages
  • Adaptability, resilience and professionalism

Other requirements

With your application, we will need to receive satisfactory references, generally from academic referees. Mature applicants who are changing careers may use professional referees.

You must demonstrate competency in fundamental Mathematics and English before the end of the programme.

Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at their own expense. Trainees are also obliged to complete the SCITT’s Health Declaration form.

If English is your second language you will need to demonstrate at interview the correct and fluent use of standard English, both spoken and written, which is a requirement for Qualified Teacher Status

Fees and financial support

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

For 2022/23 our tuition fees will be £9,000 for non-salaried trainees. Salaried trainees do not pay tuition fees.

Successful applicants with The Hampshire SCITT Partnership will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at their own expense. Further information regarding this process will be provided to successful applicants.

About the training provider

The Hampshire SCITT Partnership was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2016: “This is an outstanding provision. At every level and in every way, highly effective leaders have created a teacher training programme which regularly produces extremely proficient teachers who ‘hit the ground running’ when they begin their careers as NQTs.”

If you complete the course successfully, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Masters level.

For the preparation and award of the PGCE, we are in partnership with the University of Reading which has a well established and excellent record of initial teacher training.

We are training to employ teachers for Hampshire as well as nationally. Each year, 100% of our trainees gain full-time teaching posts, typically about 85% in our partner schools. Our partner schools are skilled in identifying future leaders and some of our trainees gain promotion in the first two years of their teaching.

We are linked with The HISP Research School which is also based at Thornden School in Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. As one of the new Research Schools in the national network, HISP Research School aims to work collaboratively with schools to help bridge the gap between research evidence and classroom practice. If you train with us, you will benefit from the very best of evidence-based practice.

Interview process

Candidates invited to interview will participate in the following process:

  • An interview with a panel typically comprised of the Director of The Hampshire SCITT Partnership and a subject specialist
  • A subject knowledge task to assess the candidate’s subject knowledge against the requirements of the school curriculum
  • A lesson planning task

Throughout this process, the emphasis is placed on generating a pleasant, informal and welcoming atmosphere in which candidates are able to gain as much information about the programme as they require in order to accept a place if it is offered subsequently.

Applicants for salaried places will have a second round of interviews at the school(s) offering those places. This will involve an interview with school leaders and a teaching task which will typically be a full lesson to a whole class.

Applicants will be sent interview details in advance so they have plenty of time for preparation. Decisions about the offer of places are made very soon after the interviews and the outcomes communicated through the Apply system. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback on their performance.

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

Our partner schools are all committed to equal opportunities. One of the strengths identified in our Ofsted report is “the focused care and support provided for any trainees facing personal challenges which enable them to complete the programme successfully.” The report goes on to comment, “Leaders also ensure that any trainee or NQT finding themselves in need of care or support is provided with it quickly. This contributes to the extremely high completion rates. It also means that trainees are fiercely proud of and affectionate towards the programme.”

As school sites differ, those applicants with physical disabilities should contact the SCITT Administrator for details of the partner schools best suited to their needs. All our partner schools have the expertise to support applicants with learning disabilities.

Contact this training provider

023 8024 6950
Thornden School
Winchester Road
Chandlers Ford
SO53 2DW

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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