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Ashfield School ITT Biology (3CH5)

PGDE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Sheffield
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) 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 PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

In partnership with the University of Sheffield and a wide range of partner schools, Ashfield School is offering an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme in secondary education for the 2021/2022 academic year in Biology.

Successful applicants will complete their training in a school with over 10 years experience of supporting and developing trainee teachers into good and outstanding practitioners. Trainees will be given the opportunity to work in modern, well-equipped classrooms in one of the largest 11-19 secondary schools in the UK, located just five minutes from Junction 28 of the M1.

Throughout the training year, trainees will be supported by their subject-based mentor, the School Direct Leader and by a wide range of experienced TLR holders who will deliver regular training sessions throughout the year. The School Direct course will enable trainees to gain QTS status, a PGDE qualification and MA credits awarded by the University of Sheffield on successful completion.

Working with our partner schools across the Two Counties’ Trust, Ashfield School ITT provide training placements in a variety of contexts, preparing graduates for a successful future in teaching. Furthermore, we will support trainees in the professional recruitment process should a suitable vacancy arise at Ashfield School or one of our partner schools.

We hope that you will choose to start your teaching career with Ashfield School ITT and help deliver an outstanding education for the benefit of the students in our care.

School placements

You will undertake four periods of school experience:

  • One week in a primary school early in the programme
  • A 7 week placement between October and December
  • A 14 week placement between February and June in a partner school
  • A 2-week enrichment/enhancement placement in June

In all curriculum areas you will also have the chance to visit a number of schools as a part of the University-centred parts of the PGDE. These visits will focus on specific themes such as working with pupils with EAL or supporting examination groups and will give you the opportunity to gain experience of schools beyond your main placements.

We work with over 40 schools in Sheffield, Barnsley, Derbyshire, Doncaster, North Nottinghamshire and Rotherham, as well as the schools in the Two Counties’ Trust that we belong to. This range of inner-city, suburban and rural contexts provides rich opportunities for diverse and balanced experiences in schools, and we work hard to secure you two contrasting placements.

When tutors are arranging placements, personal circumstances such as child-care and additional needs are taken into account as much as possible.

Further information about school placements can be found here

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree class 2:2 or above in a relevant subject. If less than 50% of your degree is in your specialist subject you will be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of entry to the programme.

If you have a 3rd class undergraduate degree and a strong (grade A or B) A level in your specialist subject we may consider your application but you should be aware that you will not be eligible for a bursary.

If you have non-standard qualifications you are welcome to contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Personal qualities

We consider six key elements when selecting students for our PGDE programme:

  • Commitment to teaching
  • Insight into the realities of teaching
  • Resilience
  • An analytical approach to problem solving
  • Enthusiasm for your subject
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

We will consider your strengths in each area during the selection process, including when considering your application form.

Other requirements

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment. All student teachers will also be required to complete safeguarding training. Full information about how to undergo these checks will be provided once you accept your place on the course.

Fees and financial support

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

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment. All Student teachers will also be required to complete Safeguarding training. The cost for these will be £71 and payable via the University’s Online Shop. Student teachers who have already paid for a previous DBS Enhanced Disclosure and signed up to the DBS update service will need to pay the reduced cost of £27 via the University’s Online Shop. These fees also include the cost of a learning journal, which will be provided at the start of the course.

Further information about fees and funding for the PGDE can be found here

About the training provider

Our ethos is that every professional should strive to be the absolute best they can be for the benefit of the wonderful students in our care. This places professional learning at the centre of all that we do and we see initial teaching training as integral to this.

Based three miles from Junction 28 (M1), Ashfield School Direct is a choice for graduates looking for a successful career in teaching. What’s more, with the school boasting 2800 students, there are a wide range of opportunities available for trainee teachers that allow for creativity in inspiring a new generation of students.

It is because of this that Ashfield School Direct offers aspiring teachers a broad range of opportunities across key stages. Working with The University of Sheffield, you will learn about the teaching environment in a range of contexts. Additionally, the placements in our Two Counties’ Trust partner schools will give you valuable insights into different contexts and challenges faced to prepare you fully for a successful career in teaching.

The University of Sheffield is the accredited provider for this course. This is a Russell Group University which is respected internationally for their forward-thinking, research-led training. You will be working with the University to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which carries 120 Masters’ credits. Ashfield School Direct is dedicated to working with the University of Sheffield to produce a high quality training experience for students in the first stage of a fulfilling and dynamic career in teaching.

About the accredited body

The University of Sheffield is a world top-100 university, ranked in the top five universities in the UK for best overall student experience for the eighth year in a row by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

At the School of Education you’ll discover a diverse and welcoming community. We attract students from all over the UK and from countries throughout the world. We’re respected internationally for our forward-thinking teaching and influential research.

Interview process

Once we receive your UCAS application we will consider a number of factors in making our decision about whether to interview you:

  • Do you demonstrate a clear interest in becoming a teacher?
  • Do you have strong references that suggest you have the capacity to train to be a teacher?
  • Do you have highly developed subject knowledge, or an awareness that you need to develop this?
  • Have you written a strong personal statement, demonstrating your commitment to teaching, your passion for your subject and an understanding of the realities of the profession?

Depending on your subject, your selection day will take place either at the University or in a partner school, and will consist of the following elements:

  • Introduction to the course
  • A task designed to ensure that your subject knowledge is strong
  • A chance to interact with other candidates or with pupils, and to reflect on this experience
  • A written task
  • A formal interview, carried out by a university tutor and a school representative

Training with disabilities and other needs

Ashfield School is a disability confident employer and is committed in supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs. Candidates with disabilities and other needs who meet the minimum job criteria will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at interview. Moreover, the Ashfield School site is accessible to people with physical, hearing and visual disabilities and is equipped with lifts, ramps and braille for anybody that requires it.

Furthermore, as a student teacher at The University of Sheffield you will have full access to support if you have a disability or additional needs. Full information is available here

Additionally, we work closely with all our school partners to ensure that your needs are met whilst on placement, offering support and adaptations where necessary.

Contact this training provider

01623 455000
Ashfield School
Sutton Road
Kirkby in Ashfield

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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021