Perins Innov-8 Biology (E353)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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

You will learn to teach all 3 subjects (Biology, Chemisty and Physics) to GCSE separate science level following the OCR Gateway Suite A specification in KS4 and our own in-house SoW for KS3. Most of our students sit the Combined Science exams at the end of Y11.

We are a large, experienced, busy department with a broad range of degree specialisms.

We are a proudly practical subject and have the benefit of 2 full-time technicians, a well-resourced department and a thriving STEM club.

School placements

Secondary trainees will become qualified to each 11-16 year olds over the course of 3 placements:

  • Formative placement (Sep - Dec)

  • First assessed placement (Jan - Feb)

  • Second assessed placement ( Feb - June)

Placements are usually taken in 2 different Schools.

There are 3 pieces of academic work to do, 2 essays and a presentation.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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.

We will accept GCSE equivalency tests from the following provider:

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated and resilient trainees to work well with others and under guidance. You will need to be open-minded, hardworking and have a sense of humour. This is a challenging yet rewarding job.

Other requirements

All trainees will complete DBS and other suitabilty checks carried out by the University of Winchester.

We value classroom experience.

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 £13,300

Financial support from the training provider

Full details of training bursaries can be found here;

You may be elible to apply for student finance.

About the training provider

In Omnia Excellentia (Excellence in Everything)

This is our commitment to training the teachers of tomorrow.

School Direct offers an training route for graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. They will be training alongside enthusiastic teachers, who are committed to education and who are leaders in their own fields.

At Perins, we have the experience and capacity to deliver outstanding training for the next generation of teachers.

We are committed to fostering individual growth. We challenge all aspiring teachers to become the best that that they can and we provide learning opportunities at a personalised level.

The course is delivered in an interactive way, and can be directly applied to the classroom. Allowing the trainee to experience the role of the learner and how it feels to be a pupil.

Our Partner schools are experienced in working with trainee teachers in a wide range of subject areas at both phases. Enabling us to provide a broad range of courses. You will gain experience in two schools and you will have opportunity to experience Teaching and Learning at a school in a different part of the country as well as a specialist provider. You will be able to experience Key Stages above and below.

Perins School is located in the beautiful market town of Alresford within easy reach of Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke. Perins has an excellent reputation for its sports offering and creative arts projects and productions as well as its academic results.

Interview process

The interview day involves:

  • A taught session (30 mins) planned by the applicant with guidance from the relevant department.

  • A formal interview which usually involves the ITECo, Department Head and a representative from the University of Winchester.

  • A 5 min presentation.

  • A literacy and numeracy test.

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

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 shall endeavour to make reasonable adjustments for students who require extra support due to a disability, long term medical condition or sensory/physical impairment.

Contact this training provider

Pound Hill
SO24 9BS

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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