Inspiring Leaders Secondary (Nottingham, Derbyshire and Leicester) Biology (E663)

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

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 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Our mentors are outstanding and experienced teachers, and are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their skills including coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. You will be in the safest of hands as a trainee within the Redhill SCITT team. Our in-house training is delivered by leading professionals with many years of experience of both teaching and training teachers.

A list of our partner schools is available on our websites: and and we have the capacity to train over a number of subjects across these schools. Whilst we cannot guarantee a placement at a particular school, prior to interview, we will take into account individual requests and location and travel will always be factored in to our placements.

This course leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. Successful completion of the PGCE at level 7 gives you up to 60 Masters level credits.

School placements

Most of your training will take place within the environment of one of our partner schools. Training is delivered by expert and outstanding practitioners, enhanced by attendance at our training sessions and academic sessions at NTU. You will have a main placement school to which you will be assigned from August. You will then undertake a six week alternative placement in the first half of the spring term. You will gain experience at KS3 and 4 with the potential of experience in KS5 wherever possible.

We will carefully consider the right school for your placement, taking into account your location, your qualifications and your previous experience. We will always try to involve your prospective placement school in your interview where practical. During your training you will have the full support of the SCITT team.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Brookfield Community School
Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 3NS
Djanogly Academy
Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 6ND
Park Vale Academy
Top Valley Drive, Top Valley, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 9AZ
Redhill Teaching Hub
The Redhill Academy, Redhill Road, Arnold, Nottinghamshire, NG5 8GX
Sir William Robertson Academy
Main Road, Welbourn, Lincolnshire, LN5 0PA
South Nottinghamshire Academy
Glebe Lane, Off Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG12 2FQ
The Bolsover School
Mooracre Lane, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6XA
The Carlton Academy
Coningswath Road, Carlton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG4 3SH
The Oakwood Academy
Bewcastle Road, Warren Hill, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 9PJ
The Redhill Academy
Redhill Road, Arnold, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 8GX
Tupton Hall School
Station New Road, Old Tupton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 6LG

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

An honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2. Half your degree should focus on subject areas that are closely related to the subject that you wish to teach. Applicants may be considered who do not have such a strong degree match but who have other relevant qualifications (including A-level in the subject) and professional experience. Following interview, strong candidates not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge may be offered a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course prior to commencing their teacher training year.

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

At ILTT we’re looking for 6 key qualities (iL6) in our trainees. These are what we think you’ll need in order to become an outstanding teacher and future leader: resilient, reflective, creative, knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent, professional.

We’re looking for candidates that have a good awareness of current educational issues and a deep understanding and open mind about how they affect young people.

We’re looking for ambitious trainees who are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject and have a desire to share with young people.

Experience of working with children or young adults is ideal - contact us to organise:

Other requirements

Please be aware that the welfare of our children is our highest priority, and all offers of training places are subject to DBS, identity and reference checks.

Fees and financial support

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

Trainees are charged £9,250 in tuition fees by Inspiring Leaders, the standard rate for postgraduate courses. Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses. Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Bursaries are available from the Department for Education in priority subject areas; the level of the bursary is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach. Scholarships are available from a number of sources in certain subject. For more information, see the DfE website

About the training provider

Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training (ILTT), is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, formed by Teaching School Hubs and Trusts across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. These Secondary courses are led by Redhill Teaching Hub with partners at Diverse Academies Trust, Djanogly Learning Trust, Discovery Trust and Potentia Teaching School Hub. Our thriving and ambitious schools are based in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire and the wide range of settings and contexts enables us to provide a diverse range of experiences for all our trainees. Our programme provides all trainees with a blend of school experience alongside an innovative and inspiring taught programme, leading to the award of QTS and a PGCE, with our partners Nottingham Trent University. We are especially interested in applications to Maths, English, Science, Languages and Humanities as there is a general shortage of teachers in these subjects locally.
Our teacher training offers trainees an exceptional level of support, tailored to individual needs and delivered by trained mentors and coaches. Trainees have the opportunity to learn from classroom teachers and practitioners who are experts in their field. A commitment to train future teachers and leaders sits at the heart of our core purpose and ethos as a Trust. Overall, trainees from 21/22 rated our programme as 4.6 out of 5. For more information visit our website: Call us on 0115 9261481 (ext 182), 07483331520 or email us at Follow us on Twitter @ilscitt

Interview process

“Leaders are constantly evaluating the recruitment and selection processes to make sure they attract high-quality candidates with the skills, the moral purpose and the ‘staying power’ to be a successful teacher” – Ofsted 2017

Selecting the right people to train with us in our schools is of utmost importance. Our interviews take place within our schools and we aim to make you feel relaxed enough to show us who you really are.

The interview includes:

  • an opportunity to find out more about us
  • a formal interview in which we find out more about you and establish whether you are suitable to train with us and in our schools;
  • A lesson that you will pre-plan and deliver to a small group of children (Full details are provided prior to the interview)
  • Safeguarding & identity checks.

Applying to our course

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

As an equal opportunities provider we are well equipped to support trainees with additional needs. For more information please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to support your application.

Contact this training provider

0115 9261481 ext 182
The Redhill Academy

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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