Avanti Schools Trust Science (N444)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Teach First
Financial support
Student finance 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Avanti Schools Trust is working in partnership with Teach First to provide School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.

Avanti exists to help each person become a well-rounded human being through intellectual, moral and spiritual growth, and so make the world a better place. Avanti Schools support each person’s life journey along three parallel paths: Educational excellence; Character formation; and Spiritual insight.

Avanti’s unique ethos is underpinned by the Avanti Way and places a key emphasis on each individual’s wellbeing and good mental health. You can read more about the Avanti Way at (https://avanti.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Avanti-Way.pdf)

Teach First is a charity that has been training teachers for 20 years and they are the largest Initial Teacher Training provider in the country. Their programme is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Our research-led course will give you plenty of hands-on experience as you will be based in one of our schools for the year. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September to July. You will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.

At the end of the programme, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills to become an effective Early Career Teacher alongside achieving a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

School placements

You will be based in one of our schools for the year, and we will work with you to plan the location of this school to suit your needs. You will be in the school placement four days a week and one day each week will be your allocated training day. Your training will include a mixture of online and face-to-face elements and will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a great teacher, gain your Qualified Teacher Status and your PGCE through a carefully sequenced curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with Teach First.

At the start of the programme in September, you will have two weeks of intensive training which will focus on the core areas of teaching such as behaviour management and lesson planning. You will have a further two weeks of intensive training later in the year.

When you are in your school placement, you will spend time with other expert teachers, observing their lessons and learning how to teach and plan lessons. You will work closely with a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor, alongside other colleagues, who will all receive support and training from Avanti Schools Trust and Teach First. You will increase your teaching delivery time gradually over the year, building up to an 80% timetable in the summer term.

The programme includes a six-week placement in another school in the Spring term.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Avanti Fields School
Avanti Fields School, Furrow View, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 0BX
Avanti House Secondary School, Stanmore, London, HA7 2EQ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in science 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are aligned to the Avanti Way, our trust vision and values.

You can read more about the Avanti Way by visiting our website www.avanti.org.uk

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is to review your application. We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and your specialist subject. If you are successful, you will be invited to interview.

The interview process will include the following:

  • opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
  • a panel interview
  • a subject-specific taught lesson
  • subject knowledge assessment

Please note all our interviews will be held in London and will not necessarily be at your placement school. If we make you an offer, your placement school will be discussed with you to ensure it is suitable geographically.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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)

Contact this training provider

020 8731 1454

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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