Red Kite Teacher Training
Biology (2VXQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://redkiteteachertraining.co.uk/

Contents

About the course

As a Biology teacher, you’ll inspire and nurture fascination in the living world, developing the well-rounded scientists of the future. On the Red Kite Secondary Biology course, you’ll work in schools with exceptional teachers to develop your subject knowledge in everything from genetics to ecology and evolution. You’ll also spend time learning how to teach Chemistry and Physics to Key Stage 3, broadening your skill set to be able to teach secondary Science.

You’ll learn strategies which set the standard of work expected in the lesson and how to employ these in your placement schools, so you’re confident and ready for when you’re a NQT.

Short, medium and long-term learning plans are the key to great organisation, allowing you to focus on your students – you’ll learn how to develop these, plus what to include in lesson plans and the invaluable 5-minute lesson plan tool!

You’ll also enjoy spending a number of days dedicated to practising experiments that you’ll need to demonstrate in class.

By the end of the course, you will have worked in five different science departments, giving you access to a wide range of science specialists, and a fantastic opportunity to see the variety of schools that you may like to work in.

Interview process

For the foreseeable future, interviews will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Interviews are conducted by representatives from Red Kite Teacher Training and partnership schools.

Preparation for the interview will include:

  • Workload prioritisation activity
  • Plan for a pupil activity

You will be given the opportunity to meet current trainees and course leaders.

When it is possible to access schools freely, we shall ask that you conduct a pupil activity and complete a written English test.

How school placements work

We have a large partnership of schools, meaning our trainees have flexibility when it comes to placements. Our trainees can also benefit from the placements our partners can offer, which can vary from rural settings to the buzz of the city.

When allocating main placements, we consider trainee preferences, transport and location. Our dedicated team work hard to organise placements early, giving you as much time as possible to make arrangements.

All trainees undertake two main placements. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until December. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from January until late June.

Trainees will also take part in mini placements across the year, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

We are unable to sponsor Tier 2 visas.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 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

Bursary information will be announced soon.

Many Trainees apply for student finance in order to pay their fees with a Tuition Fee Loan and have access to Maintenance Loan. Additional financial support may be available if you’re a parent or have a disability.

Red Kite offers a monthly payment schedule for those planning to self-finance or for those paying their fees with a bursary.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).

Applicants should have a degree relevant to Biology.

All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O’level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.

  • or international equivalent

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
  • Independent, resilient and adaptable
  • Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
  • Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
  • Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
  • High standards of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude
  • Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange experience within a school.

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by Red Kite’s preferred supplier.

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.

Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at the expense of Red Kite.

About the training provider

One inspiring, bespoke teacher training course. One unique PGCE, delivered by the University of Leeds. Training to teach doesn’t have to be complicated, and training with Red Kite is designed to be simple.

Whether you apply for school-centred training (SCITT) or School Direct with Red Kite or one of our partners, you’ll follow the same high-quality Red Kite Teacher Training Course. With placements across Leeds and Yorkshire, we have the right school for you. Urban, rural, inner city and special schools – we’ve got them all. You can even choose the venue

Red Kite Teacher Training is a partnership of Primary, Secondary and Special schools based in Leeds, Harrogate, Skipton, and the surrounding areas.

Our full-time courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by Red Kite and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Leeds. We are the only provider partnered with the University of Leeds, and all our Trainees have access to their student facilities and support, including sports facilities, accommodation services, learning resources and student support services.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact details

Email
TeacherTraining@redkitealliance.co.uk
Telephone
01423 535646
Website
https://redkiteteachertraining.co.uk/
Address
Harrogate Grammar School
Arthurs Avenue
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG2 0DZ

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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Benton Park
Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS19 6LX
Yes 7
Brigshaw High School
Brigshaw Lane, Castleford, WF10 2HR
Yes K
Crawshaw Academy
Robin Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 9HU
Yes L
Ilkley Grammar School
Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, LS29 8TR
Yes Z
Lawnswood School
Ring Road, Leeds, LS16 5AG
Yes 2
Main Site
Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 0DZ
Yes -
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Farnley Lane, Otley, LS21 2BB
Yes J
Pudsey Grangefield School
Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7ND
Yes N
Ralph Thoresby School
Holtdale Approach, Leeds, LS16 7RX
Yes C
Roundhay School
Roundhay School, Old Park Rd, Leeds, LS8 1ND
Yes R
Royds School
Pennington Lane, Oulton, Leeds, LS26 8EX
Yes U
South Craven School
Holme Lane, Cross Hills, Keighley, BD20 7RL
Yes D
Spen Valley High School
Roberttown Lane, Liversedge, WF15 7LX
Yes 3
Temple Learning Academy
Neville Road, Leeds, LS15 0NN
Yes Y
Temple Moor High School
Field End Grove, Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0PT
Yes Q

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