This Biology course was developed with our partner schools and features an ambitious curriculum.
professional behaviours and responsibilities.
subject knowledge and the national curriculum.
how pupils learn.
adapting your teaching to respond to different pupil needs.
By the end of the course you’ll be equipped to:
share your love for Biology, inspiring future scientists.
develop innovative teaching approaches, designing and implementing
teach Biology within the national curriculum framework, meeting
As a Biology specialist you will learn to teach your own subject to A Level, and Physics and Chemistry to a lower level.
You’ll learn in different ways throughout this course, for example, through:
practical experience in the classroom.
working with practising teachers, who you’ll meet ahead of your
To enrich your professional practice and develop your subject expertise, you’ll complete 2 assignments. These are an essential part of getting your PGCE, and contribute 60 credits towards a master’s degree.
You’ll also build a portfolio of the educational outcomes you achieved during the course. This is a great way of showcasing your work at future interviews.
Train with us and you’ll be part of a thriving, successful partnership between our schools and the world-renowned University of Reading.
Our seven schools are all located in western Reading and to the west of Reading, within a 12 mile area. Our locations are served by good roads and public transport.
On this course you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups to ensure you receive a broad range of experiences. You will also have the opportunity to observe teaching in a primary school.
The majority of your training will be in the main placement school; this school is selected by you in your application and discussed in the interview. The second school placement (5/6 weeks) will be selected on geographical considerations to minimise the commute to school, but also on ensuring you have a range of experience. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in a different educational setting at the end of the course. These placements will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. They also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Long Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6XY
School Lane, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3XJ
The Hurst Community College
Brimpton Road, Baughurst, Tadley, Hampshire, RG26 5NL
Theale Green School
Church Street, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 5DA
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.
This qualification must be completed by the start of your training year, without it you will not be able to start your course. Any costs incurred by taking an equivalency test need to be met by the applicant.
We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.
The main personal qualities we are looking for are:
Has organisation and time management skills
Is passionate about their subject
Has a positive outlook
Has a creative and innovative approach
Is a highly reflective practitioner with good inter-personal skills
Someone who is resilient and can take the highs and lows!
Is highly motivated and willing to play a part in wider school life.
If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.
You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a maintained secondary school.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
The course fees cover the cost of your tuition. This course may require additional payments for trips and extra resources.
Financial support from the training provider
The University of Reading offers £1000 off tuition fees to University of Reading graduates.
About the training provider
The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership is made up of neighbouring secondary schools in the Berkshire and Hampshire area.
We offer secondary PGCE courses that are all planned and delivered in collaboration with the University of Reading’s Institute of Education.
At the very heart of our model of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is the drive to produce outstanding teachers who become critical curriculum thinkers, responsive and reflective practitioners and research informed professionals who can secure the very best outcomes for all children.
The partnership schools are:
Little Heath School – Tilehurst, Reading
Prospect School - Reading
The Wren School - Reading
The Hurst Community College - Baughurst, Hampshire
Theale Green School - Theale, West Berkshire
Denefield School - Tilehurst, Reading
The Willink School – Burghfield Common, West Berkshire
The purposes of this Teaching School partnership:
To share the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be a good
teacher through expert input.
To develop resilient, independent and reflective teachers that are over
time consistently outstanding.
To collaboratively design and deliver a training programme that uses the
expertise of experienced and successful teachers.
To recruit and develop the next generation of inspirational teachers for
the partnership schools.
To provide a continued professional development programme for
teachers as Early Career Teachers (ECTs).
About the accredited body
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022).
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.
Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).
The selection process has the following stages:
Short listing for interview.
Interview day at the partnership school selected as the main placement
Attendance to the University Induction and needs assessment day for
checking of the eligibility criteria.
The interview day will include:
A written task in your chosen subject, this will be at A Level standard.
Opportunity for classroom observation and interaction with pupils.
A ‘micro’ lesson or short presentation.
A formal interview involving the school mentor and ITT coordinator.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
In partnership with the Institute of Education, we have created an open and inclusive environment, one which promotes a sense of well-being and belonging. A community where we recognise and treat all our trainees as individuals. You will enjoy high levels of personal attention and strong individualised support throughout your studies.
The University of Reading has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service that you can access. The service offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).
Accessibility varies between the different training locations: further details can be provided upon request.
The Willink School School Lane Burghfield Common, Reading Berkshire RG7 3XJ
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).