Coastal Teaching Partnership South Biology (3XYD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

This Schools Direct Teacher Training course is deliberately arranged so that your “hands-on” experience in the classroom, always under the close supervision and guidance of an experienced teacher, is complemented by the input from the University of Winchester plus Professional Development days across the consortium to contextualize and inform what you are experiencing in the classroom setting on a weekly basis.

School placements

You will be placed at a “home-school” where you will base yourself Monday to Thursday, for most of the academic training year. Between January and February half term (broadly) you will be placed in a second, ideally contrasting, school for Monday to Thursday. Fridays are set aside for University or Consortium training and reflection days.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for aspiring teachers who have a passion for their subject specialist area and who delight in sharing their love of learning with young people. You should be an organised and efficient self-starter who is willing to take on critical feedback in this undeniably intensive but hugely rewarding year of professional and personal growth. You should be resilient and resourceful.

Other requirements

The Department for Education has withdrawn the requirement for ITE applicants to complete literacy and numeracy Skills Tests.
During the selection process and as part of your training, you will be required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental skills in English and mathematics.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,800

Financial support from the training provider

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent, have an adult dependent or have a disability

Further information on tuition fee and maintenance loans and additional financial support can be found on the Get into teaching website

About the training provider

The CTPS was one of the first secondary Schools Direct teacher training providers on the South Coast and we are an established and experienced secondary teacher training provider. Centred in Fareham we liaise with education providers in the surrounding areas to the benefit of all schools and young people.

We are able to offer a variety of school experiences including Special School provision and work closely with the University of Winchester in developing teacher trainees academically and vocationally. Our students are truly comprehensive and trainees are guaranteed to given the opportunity to work students from different backgrounds and origins. You will be awarded a PGCE (Secondary) 11-18 at the end of the programme and will benefit from an experienced team of mentors in school and at the University to ensure that you make the very best progress over the course of the year meaning that you are best prepared for the challenges and opportunities of taking up a full time position in your first post as an Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

Interview process

Once invited for interview you will be asked to teach a 25 min lesson in the subject area that interests you. You will, of course, be given information about the numbers of students, topic focus plus any other relevant information. We will also ask you to complete a short written and numeracy exercise plus deliver a 5 min presentation followed by questions. The process culminates in a 25 min 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

Your wellbeing is a top priority and we will do all we can to give you the chance to flourish and maximise your potential. In partnership with the University of Winchester there is a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact this training provider

01329 664251
Crofton School (Coastal Teaching Partnership South)
Marks Road
Stubbington, Fareham
PO14 2AT

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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