University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Partnership Biology (3BPS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chichester
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Trust’s School Direct programme, aims to develop professional, reflective and effective teachers by encouraging such qualities as creativity, commitment, enthusiasm and intellectual liveliness. The programme leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Masters level) with QTS and spreads across the entire academic year.

You will receive a regular training programme delivered within the Trust academies by practising teachers with proven, current knowledge and expertise in each subject. You will also attend training at The University of Chichester (the current programme includes 25 days) and there may also be opportunities to visit partner schools outside of the Trust. Your training time is divided between professional studies and subject study. You will study the relevant national frameworks for your age phase and subject area and develop your understanding of subject specific pedagogy. The programme is designed to equip you to promote the creation of a culture for learning through your role as a teacher, meeting the needs of all children. Furthermore, you develop your understanding of the place of the teacher in a whole school context and in relation to your further career development.

Assessment is a shared responsibility. University tutors and school mentors collaborate to ensure that your school based experience and written assignments are assessed at agreed points in the Programme.
School based experience is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards using information from a range of sources.

You will complete three assignments (one each term) the successful completion of which leads to a PGCE with 60 Masters Level credits. Preparation for these assignments is supported by university tutors.

In addition to resources within our academies all trainees have full access to the University of Chichester Learning Resource Centres including electronic access to a range of books and journals.

Where are we?

Mill Chase Academy Bordon

The University of Chichester has two campuses. The majority of School Direct university based training is on the Bognor Regis Campus. Physical Education training is on the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester. How to find us

School placements

For the recommendation of QTS, all trainees are formally assessed in 2 consecutive Key Stages:

Secondary (11-16) - Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

During the School Direct year, you will spend the majority of your time in one of the Trust’s academies where you are part of the school community and are introduced to the practice of teaching in a structured way, with appropriate support from an experienced mentor and other colleagues who will support your professional development. In addition, you will spend at least half a term in another of the Trust’s academies; this is usually in the second half of the spring term.

You will also have the opportunity to spend time in other academies across the Trust each of which offers a distinct learning environment. A number of factors are taken into account when organising your placement schools including location and your specific development needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Basic eligibility requirements apply:
Entry requirements

Your degree would normally be a 2:2 or above.

Secondary - The subject content of the degree should normally be in an area which provides a necessary foundation for teaching the National Curriculum Programme of Study

Personal qualities

We are keen to recruit trainees who share the Trust’s values: ‘Together we will cultivate an ethos that raises aspirations and makes a real difference to the life chances of young people’

We are looking for individuals who demonstrate:

  • A love of learning
  • A genuine commitment and desire to have a positive impact upon the lives of children and young people
  • An openness to develop as a professional and willingness to act upon advice
  • Resilience

Other requirements

Additional Requirements

  • The ability to read effectively and to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English
  • All applicants must demonstrate the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the Teachers’ Standards and to study at Masters level.
  • All applicants must demonstrate the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher

Suitability checks All entrants will be subject to a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and any other appropriate background check. All entrants must have the health and physical capacity to teach and will be required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Partnership provides an exciting opportunity for you to develop as a teacher within a Trust whose mission is ‘to create a vibrant, inclusive and aspirational family of academies, transforming life chances for pupils through excellent teaching and learning’.

The Trust has schools in West Sussex, Portsmouth and Hampshire of different sizes and types and you will get the opportunity to visit many of them during your programme of training.

Our School Direct training programme is delivered by both high quality teachers in our schools and experienced lecturers in the University who all teach and undertake educational research. Thus it provides a strong blend of practical application supported by academic rigour. The academic award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Masters level) recognises and celebrates your development as a reflective practitioner at the forefront of your discipline, and provides you with pathways to both employment and further study.

Academies within the Trust Partnership have a longstanding commitment to supporting trainees. School-based mentors, who have all been trained by the University, will support you to achieve your potential.

Trainees from previous School Direct programmes are now employed as teachers in Trust Academies.

About the accredited body

The Trust’s sponsor and School Direct partner, The University of Chichester, has a rich history of training and educating teachers. The Trust’s close link with the University brings opportunities for trainees to learn within schools alongside practicing teachers and also to make full use of the University facilities and resources.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day at one of the Trust’s academies. This day will include:

  • an introduction to the Trust’s programme and an opportunity to ask questions
  • a formal interview with colleagues from the University and Trust academies
  • discussion around subject knowledge
  • a teaching activity (applicants are notified of the requirements in advance)
  • a check of original certificates
  • completion of a written task

References: It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees are aware of their role, as well as making sure they follow UCAS’ instructions for providing on-line references.

The activities during the day are designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate the personal qualities noted later along with:

  • Enthusiasm for your subject
  • A commitment to developing creative pedagogical approaches
  • An awareness of the role of the teacher
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to work collaboratively
  • A knowledge of current educational issues

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Disability and Dyslexia service at The University of Chichester offers advice and support throughout a trainee’s programme. Further information is available on the university’s website.

DDS website

This team would discuss with you any adjustments you may need whilst in school or attending university based sessions and agree any action required. This information would form part of the decision making with regard to the selection of placement schools.

The Trust schools are all inclusive environments and encourage participation from all students who they believe could benefit from their programme and can be successful as practicing teachers. Accessibility and specialist facilities in schools vary and we would seek to find an appropriate placement to meet a student’s individual needs.

Contact this training provider

01243 816 444
The University of Chichester
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 1HR

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 2501, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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