The Coventry SCITT Biology (2H4N)

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


Course summary

We offer a 10 month, full-time, school based training route. You will achieve QTS with The Coventry SCITT and be enrolled with Coventry University for the award of PGCE.

You will spend your training year in your host school with additional training taking place at our centre based conference rooms or in one of our partner school located in Coventry.

In addition, you will complete a second placement in a contrasting school. Assessment will continue throughout the course, based on your classroom experience and achievement measured against the DfE Teaching Standards, while your academic PGCE study will be delivered in house by The Coventry SCITT and will comprise of four modules throughout the training year.

In school you will work closely with a subject / phase specific mentor and the professional mentor, who will meet regularly with you to assist you with your training plan. You will also have monitoring and assessment visits from the The Coventry SCITT who will visit you in school 5 times in the year to check on your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

Trainees will have access to an online e-portfolio system and online resources along with face to face training sessions. These along with the excellent support from in-school mentors and tutors from The Coventry SCITT, will mean you will feel fully prepared for working in the classroom. Your teaching load will start small and increase gradually as the year progresses. The rate at which this increases will be decided by you and your tutors and take into account any prior experience.

School placements

Trainees will complete training in two different schools during the course of the year.

Typically trainees spend the autumn term in their host school and then go to a second placement school during the first part of the Spring term and then return to their host school for the remainder of the year. The Coventry SCITT organises your second placement for you to ensure you have the opportunity to teach in a contextually different school.

Trainees are in school 4 days a week and attend training every Monday.

We endeavour to keep travelling time to school to a minimum so we will take into account your home address when allocating a school. Trainees are involved in the decision making process when choosing a main placement school. We endeavour to place trainees in one of their first three choices of schools.

The programme covers the secondary age range 11-16. You will be required to teach at both KS3 and KS4 and will have the opportunity to teach KS5 but it is not a requirement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Degree must be a bachelor degree with honours or equivalent. Candidates who apply for a course that do not have a degree in their subject will need to prove their subject knowledge via our internal audit.

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.

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Advice from Get Into Teaching Financial support from the government 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.

About the training provider

The Coventry SCITT is run by teachers and senior leaders in over 25 schools across Coventry. We opened in 2016 and are committed to the very best outcomes for trainees and pupils. The purpose of the Coventry SCITT is to train the very best teachers to improve life chances for Coventry pupils.

Training with The Coventry SCITT is a great way to kick start your teaching career. From the start of the programme trainees are fully immersed into school life, building up their confidence and school contact time as they go on. We offer both primary and secondary training in a wide range of subjects.. We offer diverse teaching placements (including time in special schools), ensuring trainees have experience in different types of school environments, preparing you for when you complete the programme and begin your ECT year.

The bespoke high quality training is written and delivered by current practitioners. We know that learning how to teach does not just happen overnight, it takes time and support and that is what The Coventry SCITT will give to you. You can expect the following from The Coventry SCITT:

  • By the end of the year you will have QTS and a PGCE with 60 master credits.

  • Excellent training venues and facilities, hosted by our partner schools where you can speak to other trainees, gain advice from mentors or simply plan your lessons.

  • We are committed to providing many layers of support to ensure that you flourish.

About the accredited body

The Coventry SCITT are the accredited body and recommend trainees for QTS. The PGCE will be delivered by The Coventry SCITT and accredited by Coventry University. We are the only SCITT in Coventry.

Interview process

You will be invited to an interview in our office or one of our partner schools. This interview will include.

  • Subject Knowledge Audit
  • ID and qualifications check
  • Literacy task - 20 minutes
  • Oral presentation - 10 minutes
  • Formal Interview - 30 minutes

One or more members of the interview panel have attended safer recruitment training and are committed to safeguarding of children and young people.

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

We are an all inclusive provider so any additional needs will be catered for upon request.

Contact this training provider

02476 251756
Sidney Stringer Academy
2 Primrose Hill Street

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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