AIM Alliance Schools Biology (B221)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
April 2023


Course summary

As a school-led Post Graduate Apprenticeship course the majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs. We utilise the resources of the school and our alliance partners to achieve this aim. Whether you are attending sessions by e-Qualitas or additional professional sessions within your host school, you will be working towards meeting the Teaching Standards.

The curriculum is taught in eleven areas, meeting the requirements of the CCF, in addition to striving to go beyond them, and is all underpinned by the Teachers Standards.

These 11 areas are:

  • Evaluative Lesson Planning
  • Evidence Informed
  • Substantive and Disciplinary Knowledge
  • How pupils Learn
  • Adaptive Practices and Expertise
  • Behaviour for Learning, Climate
  • Pupil Progress
  • Teacher as Professional
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Assessment

Within the school setting, as your confidence and knowledge develop, you will be mentored and guided to work towards managing a trainee’s teaching timetable by the final term of your course. You will then be prepared to teach an Early Career Teachers timetable the following year.


You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach effectively. We employ a comprehensive online learning management system to support independent study and formative assessment, in addition to a subject specialist tutor from e-Qualitas who visits for a half day each half term.

In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children’s learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources for your subject and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering the curriculum.

School placements

You will be placed in a main school with a second six-week placement in a contrasting school during the 2nd term of your training. Every effort will be made to try to place you in schools to which you can commute.

During your placement, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced teachers and observe subject experts whilst refining their approaches to teaching and learning.

You will have regular weekly support from an in-school mentor and also receive a visit from your host school mentor

This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then return to your host school to complete your training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We suggest candidates use A Star Equivalency testing if needed.

Personal qualities

The e-Qualitas course suits trainees who are independent learners, self-motivated and able to manage their time well.

You must be reflective, analytical, and be in possession of excellent communication skills. We also look for the attributes that make for success in the classroom, for example, strong subject expertise, the ability to reflect on one’s own practice, be intellectually curious and have the capacity to be innovative and adaptable.

Other requirements

Relevant work experience is helpful because it puts you in a stronger position at the start of the training period.

Suitability to work in a school as an unqualified teacher. This is verified by e-Qualitas through vetting checks including:

  • identity confirmation,
  • criminal records checks, and
  • references.

Within your host school you must also complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and a suitability to teach declaration.

Unfortunately this subject is not available for sponsorship under the Tier 2 Skilled worker visa.


You will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher Training scale at a minimum of Point 1 applicable to the Host School.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for the Alliance and part of AIM Academies Trust. We recruit, train and develop teachers across London working in partnership with Middlesex University, Hertfordshire University and e-Qualitas.

We ensure there are experienced mentors within the classroom and provide additional support throughout the year to our host schools. We are small (a cohort of 35 trainees this year) thus concentrating on the quality of training our trainees receive. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our training providers to ensure you receive a tailored programme of learning and support.

You can find out further information on our Alliance from our Aim Alliance Schools website -

About the accredited body

e-Qualitas has been an ITT provider for over 15 years.

They support School Direct and Apprenticeship teacher training programmes in the primary and secondary phases. Most of the schools they work with are in London and the Home Counties, but they can cover a much wider area including East Anglia, the West Country and into the Midlands.

e-Qualitas also support teacher apprenticeship training through a school-based programme, supported by distance learning resources for independent study,

Interview process

The Head of Department at the ‘host’ school will interview you along with a member of the Senior Management Team. You will be asked to prepare a lesson or part of a lesson in your subject to deliver to a group of students in order to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people.

You will need to bring your certificates and photo identification with you on the day to be verified by the school.

Following the interview, you will then take part in an eligibility meeting with a representative from e-Qualitas and your mentor to confirm you are ready to take part in the training programme.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our in-school mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.

Contact this training provider

0208 238 1100 x1252
Spur Road

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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