Spires Academy Teaching Alliance
Biology (3B5D)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
October 2020


About the course

Based in and employed by a secondary school, apprentices will spend much of their time in class, teaching their specialist subject to the 11-16 age range (a few apprentices will focus on the 14-19 age range) and working with other teachers. They will draw on eQ’s distance learning resources for independent study, and attend some training days in central London. Apprentices have a visiting tutor from eQ, who spends a day in school each half term to observe them teaching, provide some training, review their developing evidence and assess their progress so that helpful targets are set for the apprentice’s next steps. Assessment for QTS takes place towards the end of the training programme and QTS is awarded (if the Teachers’ Standards are met). After 12 months, the apprentice has to pass the end-point assessment which checks whether he or she is maintaining and further developing what was attained in the QTS assessment.

Interview process

You will have an interview with the Principal and Head of Faculty where you will be expected to present a 20 minute lesson describing the pedagogy associated with each part of the lesson followed by a formal interview.

You may be required to complete a literacy and numeracy test following the interview.

How school placements work

Candidates will be based for the majority of their time at the host school. A contrasting placements of between 4 and 8 weeks will take place towards the end of the course.

Your timetable will increase throughout the year but you will still be allocated time to plan and mark.

You will have a subject mentor as well as a professional mentor who will look after your training and development throughout the programme. You will also have a subject tutor from EQ who will support you in your professional development.


Unqualified 1 Training fees of £9000 will be covered by the school.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



The minimum criteria is:

  • A good honours degree (at least 2:2) We look for 50% of the degree in the subject you intend to teach but if your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting training.
  • GCSE’s in Maths and English, grade C or above
  • NARIC equivalency certificates for any degree or school qualification gained outside the United Kingdom. For further information visit www.naric.org.uk/naric

Personal qualities

A great teacher is one a student remembers and cherishes forever; teachers have long-lasting impacts on the lives of their students. As a partnership we have successfully trained teachers from a wide range of backgrounds, all with different experiences prior to making the decision to teach. Whatever your background you will need to be patient and caring with a love of your subject. A willingness to dedicate yourself to the success and well-being of the students is essential.

Other requirements

Enhanced DBS Check is mandatory and will be carried out by the school upon successful appointment.

Forest Gate Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including an enhanced disclosure check. For further information on what becoming a teacher might involve more generally, you can also visit: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching

Contact details

Spires Academy Teaching Alliance
Bredlands Lane


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Forest Gate Community School
Forest Gate Community School , Forest Lane, Forest Gate, London, E7 9BB
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