Manchester Nexus SCITT Biology (334B)

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

SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training.

Training as part of a SCITT gives you the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ as you work and train in schools. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a school and getting an immediate hands-on insight into what teaching involves.

The Manchester Nexus SCITT courses last one year. Trainees graduate with a Post Graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and QTS.

You’ll receive lots of intensive support and training from experienced teachers and mentors right from the start, and throughout your course. The schools you’re with won’t ask you to teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready.

School-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction as no other training route offers as much school based experience. You learn from current practicing teachers, in schools, so you develop skills and knowledge more quickly.

The programme is highly personalised from your first contact with us to taking up your first job, which is highly likely to be in a Manchester Nexus school. You will be based in a Manchester Nexus school from September where you will be trained and mentored by outstanding, specialist teachers in successful departments and Key Stages. Regular central training sessions bring you together with other trainees to learn from each other, share your insights and develop your professional skills. You will soon find yourself in classrooms, and with full support and thorough preparation, will share the responsibility for planning and teaching your own groups.

In addition to school- based training for Qualified Teacher Status, our trainees achieve a PGCE with Master’s level credits. For this part of the programme you will be taught by tutors from Liverpool Hope University, and have full access to the university’s learning and research resources.

School placements

We follow an A/B/A Model which gives trainees access to a contrasting experience for enough time to allow strong relationships to be developed between trainees and their mentors, and trainees and their pupils.

Candidates will spend two full terms in school A and one full term in school B. Trainees will receive focused mentor support during each placement. Placement schools are selected based on capacity within schools and on the level of contrast compared to home school placement. Consideration is also given to travel time and personal circumstances.

Manchester Nexus currently partner with 20 secondary schools, allowing for a well considered process when placing trainees and a strong relationship with partners.

Candidates teaching this subject will gain experience across the ages 11-16.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), 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.

Candidates should use a third party and must fund the tests themselves.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high calibre, highly motivated graduates who want to share their love of learning and their subjects with young people. Successful candidates will have a strong moral purpose and it will be important to them to provide equal opportunities to the young people across our partnership schools. Ideally, they will have an existing understanding of the importance of providing a secure and stimulating environment for all young people in an education setting.

Other requirements

At interview, you will be required to verify your identity, from a current photographic ID. A passport or driving licence and proof of address will be suitable.

You will be required to obtain a certificate for an enhanced DBS check as you will be engaging in regulated activity, if successful in your application for a training place.

Applicants are also required to complete a rehabilitation of offenders declaration prior to interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

At Manchester Nexus an unequivocal focus on excellence characterises our work, ensuring that everything we do is firmly rooted in the values that drive us – hope for the future, personalised learning and social justice.

Our mission is to train teachers who will inspire, challenge and support all their pupils, both now and in the future. Nexus teachers are committed. They are skilful, creative specialists in their subjects and age ranges who continuously develop their practice and help others to do the same.

Our training fosters resilience with a balanced approach that recognises the importance of personal wellbeing amid the demands of this great profession. In our last training year 100% of our trainees rated their training as good or very good.

You learn on the job and spend the majority of your time in the school. We refer to it as School-Led: your training is led by the school, not a university. Additionally, there are 12 Liverpool Hope University Masters Days which will lead to your PGCE qualification. It is important to note that LHU come to us for 9 of these sessions. Therefore you only need to go to Liverpool for 3 sessions over the course of the year.

Interview process

The Blue Coat School is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process.

Shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to learn more about the programme and meet the colleagues who will be involved in their training.

Where applicants have been shortlisted, you will be contacted to arrange a formal process which will consist of a remote panel interview, a remote presentation of a 20-minute lesson that you will have prepared prior to the interview. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. You will also complete a short written task and numeracy task following the interview.

Applicants are also required to complete a rehabilitation of offenders declaration prior to interview.

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

Manchester Nexus consider trainee location when allocating placements. This will be an even stronger focus when trainees have a physical impairment or a condition that has an impact on travel. We ensure that trainees are supported within the framework of their school setting, as well as during the training sessions delivered by Nexus and Liverpool Hope University. This may involve making mentors aware of any adaptations required and quality assuring to ensure that these are in place. Trainees are given the opportunity to share any needs and to discuss how these can be met. We do not have a one size fits all approach, meaning discussion and openness is encouraged in order to meet individual needs. Manchester Nexus has links with Health Assured, a 24 hour helpline aiming to support trainees through any life issues or problems. Trainee wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us and we have time set aside to focus on how to maintain a positive mindset and how to keep a healthy work life balance.

Contact this training provider

0161 6241484
The Blue Coat School
Egerton Street

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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