Kenilworth Partnership
Biology (32TK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support
Bursary or student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) program; it provides fantastic experience if you want to train and learn “on the job”. You’ll be part of a teaching team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.

At the Kenilworth Alliance we offer a very bespoke training experience, allowing mentors the opportunity to develop your skills at a rate perfectly suited to your ability and confidence. The course begins with lesson observations before progressing to team teaching and working with smaller focus groups. Your teaching timetable increases gradually throughout the year in discussion with Subject and Professional Mentors and is fully supported throughout by qualified practitioners.

As part of your training, you will have the opportunity to track both a Teaching Assistant and a pupil which enables you to experience school life from varying perspectives. You will experience a five-day placement in a primary school setting and one day in a special school. We will also arrange a six-week complementary placement in one of our partner schools so that you can further develop your insight into contrasting teaching environments.

In addition to your school-based training, you will spend one day per week at University of Warwick where you will access an outstanding academic program of study which will support you in understanding the theory behind your teaching practice.

The benefits of this course program includes:

  • Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the “Outstanding” (Ofsted) University of Warwick.
  • Strong mentor support
  • Excellent employment rates
  • Access to a comprehensive in-school training program
  • Rewarding career

Interview process

Applications received are considered by the appointed host school. Should you be invited to interview you should anticipate being asked to prepare a short subject-related lesson. This will be observed by the schools Professional Mentor and Head of Department who will also conduct an interview.

As part of the interview process you will be asked to complete an English writing test which is a requirement of University of Warwick.

How school placements work

The program includes a requirement for you to complete five days experience in a primary school setting. This enables you to experience KS2 pupils and understand their needs in readiness for transition to KS3. We are happy for you to arrange this placement with a school of your choice although we do suggest that the five days are completed during the first half term of your course, before timetable commitments begin to increase.

Your (secondary) complementary placement will start immediately after the Christmas break and run until February half term. This will be arranged on your behalf is most likely to be in one of our alliance schools. We try, as far as possible, to take into account your transport considerations, but also to provide a contrasting environment to that of your host school.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,100

Course fees of £9,250 are payable to the University of Warwick (£19,100 for International students). Tuition fee loans are available to EU and UK candidates.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

We provide a laptop and school based resources to support you with your studies.



To be eligible for the course you will need the following:

  • GCSE: A – C English and Maths
  • Degree: Min 2:2, preferred 2:1 or above
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Nothing to preclude you from completing Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check

Personal qualities

Additional qualities that we look for include:

  • Passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations
  • Drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty
  • Being part of a team and working collaboratively
  • Reflective practitioner who responds to feedback
  • ICT competent and confident
  • Interests outside of education

Other requirements

  • Experience in a school environment or working with young people, will strengthen your application although this is not essential at application.

  • You must also be successful in completing a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check

About the training provider

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form is the lead school in the Kenilworth Alliance. Judged outstanding in all categories (Ofsted 2013) we are proud of our World Class distinction and are recognised nationally and internationally for innovative and high quality education.

We co-ordinate School Direct training throughout our network of partner schools in the Central Warwickshire area. Trainees benefit from the opportunity to develop relationships with host school in advance of their training and will experience a complementary placement which will be arranged on their behalf in a second partner school.

For further information about our partnership please visit:

About the accredited body

Kenilworth Alliance work in partnership with the University of Warwick to provide outstanding ITT provision (Ofsted 2015) supporting both PGCE Core and School Direct teacher training. Successful candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Masters.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Kenilworth School & Sixth Form and the University of Warwick welcome candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach.

Contact details

01926 513665
Leyes Lane


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