Biology is one of those subjects that naturally engage our curiosity. The study of life from the level of molecules to ecosystems provides both challenges and opportunities to be creative, explore, inspire and enthuse. The course will help you develop a wide range of approaches to engage students with subject material and enable them to develop their knowledge and understanding as well as transferable skills. It will also support you in ensuring that you are able to create a positive learning environment and are equipped to deal with the challenges that are faced which help make the role so rewarding.
This course will allow you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
QTS is awarded by Invictus Education Trust and Haybridge Alliance SCITT and involves you gathering evidence against each of the Teacher Standards. The PGCE is awarded by Birmingham City University (BCU) upon successful completion of 3 assignments.
Trainees will spend a minimum of 120 days in school working towards the award of QTS.
Trainees will also benefit from the Central Education Programme and Subject Pedagogy sessions that are led by a Subject Specialist. It is your responsibility to secure the required fundamental English and Mathematics skills and we will support you in this process to ensure you can demonstrate competence in the required fundamental English and Mathematics to gain QTS.
You will undertake a placement close to where you live during the Autumn and Summer terms in one of our partner schools. Your second placement close to where you live will take place in the Spring term and will be in a contrasting school to your first placement. You will gain experience of working with a range of young people with differing backgrounds, abilities and needs. You will have a professional mentor as well as a school mentor in each placement school.
Most subjects involve teaching across the 11-16 age range and trainees will gain experience of teaching across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Other experiences include a three day placement in a primary school and one day placements in a special school, a school deemed to require improvement and a school that offers alternative provision. Trainees will also gain experience of working with young people for whom English is an additional language.
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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
The SCITT Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training and have clear potential to become a teacher. High levels of resilience and self-discipline are of paramount importance for successful completion of the programme. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before you begin your training year.
If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree. You will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country or countries that they have lived in for the past five years in order to satisfy the DBS checks.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Tuition fees are £9250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and/or a means tested maintenance grant via the Student Loan Company.
There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website:-
About the training provider
Invictus Education is a well regarded value driven Trust located in the heart of the West Midlands, holding young people at the centre of everything that we do. Our Trust is made up of six secondary schools, one primary school with nursery provision, a sixth form and two alternative provisions. In all of our educational settings, our value one prevails: ‘Every day, in every way, our students come first’. All of our schools will provide school-based placements for the training year recruited.
We exist through our mission to provide our schools with the resources to offer independent minded education to our communities. Our academic focus is on progress which is achievable through exceptional teaching delivered by outstanding teachers, supported by outstanding teams.
In every step of our journey, we identify our aspiration and put processes in place to exceed expectations ‘starting with the end in mind’, our value number six. At Invictus we encourage our staff and students to ‘seek and seize opportunities’.
Training teachers is imperative to our success. We focus on subject knowledge and pedagogy, expert mentorship and offer enriched pathways through our Trust people development programme, allowing us ‘to grow our own’
Throughout the course a weekly programme of professional studies workshops are delivered by experts at Haybridge SCITT. The programme addresses the development needs each trainee. This stimulating programme of professional and subject studies explores the philosophy of education and the pedagogy associated with the teaching of a subject.
We look forward to meeting you.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
We strive to promote equal opportunities within Invictus Education Trust
and we have full access for people with all types of disabilities.
As a Trust we are committed to ensuring that throughout our recruitment and selection process, no applicant will be disadvantaged or discriminated against because of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
We offer bespoke support to cater for any physical, mental or learning disabilities dependent upon the needs of each trainee.
Accommodation is not available through Invictus Education Trust and trainees will be expected to find their own accommodation for the duration of the course.
Invictus Education Trust does not have child care facilities.
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