L.E.A.D. Academy Trust
Biology (U493)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
Financial support

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.

Course length
Approx. 15 months
Date you can apply from
13 March 2020
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This apprenticeship is intended for teaching staff who are employed by a primary or a secondary school and already have a degree, but do not yet have a teaching qualification or Qualified Teacher Status and wish to attain this.

Apprentices join NTU PGCE courses and learn alongside other postgraduate trainee teachers, while being placed in their employing school for the majority of the year and another school for part of the year. Successful apprentices will achieve a PGCE qualification from NTU, be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, and be certified as having completed the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship.

The overall aim of this apprenticeship is to develop professionals who will have the necessary subject knowledge and professional skills to motivate and inspire pupils to learn, and who can make a significant difference to the schools in which they work.

Interview process

Interviews will be with both the Academy and Nottingham Trent University

How school placements work

Primary location will be Da Vinci Academy with alternative placement in Spring 1 term.


Starting salary between £17682 to £19739 (unqualified teacher pay range starting positions) Course fees for successful candidate will be paid by LEAD Academy Trust.

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.



GCSEs or equivalent in English, Maths & Science A-Level in Science required Degree in Science subject preferred. If degree subject is not science related, review will be undertaken by Nottingham Trent University for suitability to convert prior education.

About the training provider

‘The L.E.A.D. Academy Trust is one of the strongest sponsors operating in the East Midlands, with a track record of successfully improving underperforming schools…’ Department for Education, 29.05.15 (Leicester Mercury). The acronym L.E.A.D. embodies the four core principles at the heart of the Trust: strong leadership at every level; empowering every child to aim high; giving every child the opportunity to achieve and constantly driving for improvement.

Our vision is that through outstanding leadership, we will provide the highest quality education to enable every pupil to realise their full potential. Of course, every good school aspires to this aim, so what makes us different?

We passionately believe in the power of partnership working as a catalyst for ensuring more children receive an exceptional education. Our member schools know the transformational impact it can have from experience. At the same time, we recognise the importance of autonomy. Every school has its own context and challenges. This is why we encourage our member schools to lead and manage in a way that preserves their individual identity and responds to the specific needs of their children and community.

We currently have 25 Academies in Nottingham, Sheffield, Lincoln, Newark, Derby and Leicester and cover both primary and secondary phases. CPD is at the heart of our practice with a very strong partnership with our L.E.A.D. Equate Teaching Schools and our Apprentice Teacher posts are delivered in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

L.E.A.D. are an inclusive employer and will work with you to help support with any disabilities or other needs you may have. Each school environment is different therefore specific needs would be discussed with you on an individual basis.

Contact details

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