Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT Biology (2WG3)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course


This course will provide you with over 40 days of professional training together with 30 weeks of in-school work experience. Your time will be split across two contrasting school experiences.

How you’ll be assessed:

You will be assessed both inside the classroom as a practitioner and from associated written tasks such as reflective journals and mentor records.


You will attend school as if an employee, typically 8.30 to 4.30pm each day. You will submit two evidence files to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the course (June).


Training is at Sacred Heart Catholic High School, other schools in the area provide additional inputs and you will also need to travel to your allotted host and second school placement over the course of the year. In addition, as part of your ePGCE you will attend 10 days at Newcastle University campus.

School placements

September to December - you will be placed in your ‘host’ school. This will be either Sacred Heart or one of our partner school within the SCITT with a proven track record of developing high quality ITTs. Our partner schools are located in Newcastle, Gateshead and the nearby towns within Durham and Northumberland. Our partnership has over 30 schools.

January to March - You will move to a contrasting ‘second school placement’.

Returning to your host school for the remainder of the year.

PRIMARY: You will teach students in the age range of 5-11 SECONDARY: You will teach students in the age range of 11-16 (unless following a 14-19 curriculum subject)

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who have a genuine passion for teaching. In particular we are keen to meet people who can demonstrate a track record in academic excellence and high quality communication skills.

Teaching is a high challenge - high reward profession, and as such, successful candidates must have the drive and ambition to go the extra mile.

Other requirements

You will need to complete:

Literacy & Numeracy Tests (Mandatory) Criminal Records Check (CRB) Produce all academic certificates if successful (GCSE, A level & Degree) Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) if applicable

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £10,000

About the training provider

Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT is a partnership of over 30 Primary and Secondary schools. Our schools are located in Newcastle, Gateshead and nearby towns of County Durham and Northumberland. We are passionate about recruiting, developing and employing the very best graduates into the profession. We offer a unique, bespoke training programme which blends the best of both worlds; on the job experience and high-quality academic study. Train with us and you’ll be based in a school that cares about your future. From day 1 you’ll be treated like a member of staff, whilst also having the benefits of university life through our integrated ePGCE programme with Newcastle University. In choosing to train with us, you will be joining an organisation of expert practitioners with a track record of supporting and producing the very best teachers. As a Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT trainee you will have a tailored training programme based on your past experience and needs. Our in-school Mentors and Professional Tutors will always be on hand to offer advice and monitor your progress. We see the success and employment of our trainees as key to improving the life chances for all students in the region.

Interview process

Typically an interview will be at Sacred Heart SCITT for Secondary and Primary applicants. Although on occasion you may be asked to attend an interview at one of our partner schools.

You will be interviewed by a senior member of the SCITT team, together with a senior leader from the Primary or Secondary phase (as appropriate).

Interviews always include: A panel interview Preparing a lesson or activity in advance A written task An interaction task with students

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Sacred Heart SCITT welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. Following a successful application process, we would discuss a bespoke support programme with a potential trainee. All our schools in the partnership have access arrangements for people with disability.

Advice to potential applicants: Teaching is a very rewarding but challenging career (especially in the early years). If you are currently under a medical professional, we recommend that you consult them for advice ahead of applying. Our experience shows that trainees who are open about their needs and therefore supported from day 1, are far more likely to be successful.

Contact this training provider

0191 2747373
Fenhall Hall Drive
Newcastle upon Tyne

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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