The Roseland Academy Biology (U389)

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

Accredited body
Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT)
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

During the first term of the course you will engage with Professional Studies and Subject Studies alongside your school placements. This encourages our student teachers to think about the content discussed during their Professional Studies sessions, their application within the context of their subject specialism and the opportunity to put ideas into practice. As your confidence in the classroom develops, you will extend your time on placement in preparation for your first year as an Early Career Teacher. Education & Professional Studies Programme (EPS), sessions based at Truro College: provides a framework for student teachers to develop as professional educators by providing a broader perspective on educational themes that set the context for learning. EPS sessions include support for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with dedicated academic tutors to guide your academic progress. The PGCE, delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University, is assessed by the submission of 3 assignments. The final award is equal to 60 credits at Level 7 (masters level). Subject Studies Sessions: Subject Studies develops subject knowledge in relation to curriculum needs, appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with a particular focus on how educational issues such as assessment, planning and delivery can be most effectively achieved in the classroom. Subject sessions develop your existing subject knowledge, while identifying ways to share this knowledge in a manageable format with young learners. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure that you develop as a creative and reflective classroom practitioner. School placements: for all student teachers, the most exciting part of the training programme is their time spent in schools. We have a well-established record of providing the high quality school placements. One of our greatest strengths is our bespoke training programme coordinated by our team. Every student teacher will receive support from a dedicated mentor whilst on placement, and also additional training from the school’s professional tutor. Our mentors support trainees to develop at their own pace, from observing lessons to planning and implementing their own series of lessons by the end of the course. Trainees will usually experience two school placements: either spending both placements within TRT schools, or alternatively, have the second placement with one other partner SCITT secondary school in Cornwall as put into place together with Cornwall SCITT. You will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence collected while on placement, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

The Roseland Academy is part of The Roseland Multi-Academy Trust, which includes two primary schools and three secondary schools in different geographical locations. The Roseland Academy collaborates with Cornwall SCITT in partnership with more than 25 secondary schools in Cornwall, including a Special School Trust and an Alternative Provision Multi-Academy Trust, as well as more than 75 primary schools in Cornwall. At interview, the panel will discuss your placement needs and identify suitable placements accordingly. We aim to place trainees within 30-40 minutes of their home, but occasionally this can take longer, especially for those living in more rural areas.
We aim to give trainees a broad range of experiences during the course, and aspire to offer contrasting placements. Trainees will usually experience two school placements: either spending both placements within The Roseland Trust schools, or alternatively, have the second placement with one other partner SCITT secondary school in Cornwall as put into place together with Cornwall SCITT.

Placements will focus on the 11-16 age range, but post-16 experience can be gained either through sixth form participation in of a secondary school within TTT placement, or an arranged short placement in a tertiary College.

Your school placements will develop sequentially from 3-days per week to 5 as the terms and training year progress. This allows you to embed theory and practice in a measured and manageable way, and develop in confidence as you progress towards your final assessment and, moving forwards, your first employed post.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in biology 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If you do not hold a Grade 4/C or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or consider taking an equivalency test

Personal qualities

The application form and interview process is designed to assess suitability to train to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • Commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for the chosen subject and a capacity to inspire learners;
  • Awareness of current educational issues;
  • Intrinsic passion for learning;
  • Commitment to own professional development;
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Emotional and physical resilience and readiness for hard work

Other requirements

As part of our commitment to safer recruitment, all successful candidates will undergo the full range of safeguarding checks, including their health & physical capacity to teach.

For those who have spent more than 5 months working or living abroad you may be required to gain a letter of good conduct or a workplace reference. We are expected to make an assessment of fundamental English and mathematics knowledge before QTS is awarded. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support from the training provider

The Roseland Academy is a lead school for the School Direct programme accredited by Cornwall SCITT. As such all the student teachers undertaking this course are highly likely to be eligible for Student Finance support. As part of our access to learning fund, we may be able to support those in financial hardship with course-related costs incurred during training. We also offer a termly contribution to all trainees with a household income lower than £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance.

About the training provider

The Roseland Academy is the highest performing school in Cornwall alongside being one of the highest non-selective state schools in the South West. It has been in the top 100 of schools nationally since 2015. The Roseland Academy achieved the designation of ‘Outstanding’ in all categories in the 2017 Ofsted inspection. The Roseland Academy is part of a Trust comprising of three secondary schools and two primary schools. The Roseland Academy is a lead school for the school direct programme and work with Cornwall SCITT as the accredited body. The Roseland Trust has a vision is to inspire a love of learning within environments that are happy, respectful and challenging, where everyone feels valued and able to reach their full potential. Your mentor will be experienced colleagues supporting you on your learning journey. You will access the Professional Studies Programme (EPS) which compliments your training course. Also, there is a Trust-wide programme of continual professional development from dedicated colleagues that share outstanding practice, that you will have access to. You will be able to develop your teaching through the latest educational developments and research. At TRT we never stay still and continue developing quality first teaching for all students. Whilst training with TRT you will forge links with colleagues across the Trust and continue to improve your teaching skills. The Roseland Academy is a designated Teaching School Hub for East Cornwall and with us you will explore opportunities for your development to navigate your future professional journey.

Interview process

All applications are reviewed by our management team prior to selection: those successful will be invited to interview. Applicants will be asked to prepare several tasks, including a pre-interview subject knowledge audit and a short written reflection on an educational topic.

All candidates will be asked to deliver a short teaching episode to an interview panel of up to three people, including a member of the management team and a subject leader, with the panel assuming the role of learners. Following the teaching episode, the interview panel will discuss the application in greater detail, including reflections on school experience gained prior to interview, subject knowledge and preparedness to enter the teaching profession.

At the end of the interview, you will also be given the opportunity to ask any questions about the course.

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)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Roseland Trust (TRT) is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our leadership teams, all our staff, including professional tutors and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a health and physical capacity to teach check. The Roseland Trust collaborates very closely with Cornwall SCITT to maintain the equality and inclusion throughout the entire course of the training.

For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Students can also access additional support through Student Finance’s Disabled Learning Allowance Scheme.

We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders can provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.

Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer an empathic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.

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Support and advice

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