The Havering Teacher Training Partnership Biology (27NK)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

HTTP SCITT training allows teachers to have a gradual start to teaching. You will begin the course with intensive observation in your subject area and a focus on your subject curriculum, developing the necessary awareness, skills and understanding of what it means to be a great teacher of Biology.

At HTTP, we pride ourselves on the personalised support available in our programme. You will complete a Subject Knowledge Audit in our summer induction, prior to starting the course. This allows our subject leaders time to personalise the fortnightly subject development sessions based on your needs and the gaps in your foundation knowledge.

It is our aim to develop three branches in your training year: your understanding of how students’ learn; your subject knowledge development and your classroom practice. You will be expected to read current generic and subject specific pedagogy so you are able to plan and sequence lessons with competence and predict sound lesson outcomes.

We will develop your skills to be a reflective practitioner and how to view your lessons through different lenses. You will be visited in your schools by your Subject Leader and your link Manager, as well as receiving weekly observations from your subject mentor; our feedback is regular, concise and specialised to ensure you become an excellent teacher of Biology.

Fortnightly subject leader sessions take place in our Partner schools; they provide opportunities for you to look at expert books, teaching strategies, plans and for our subject leaders to model teaching, ready for you to emulate. We believe that teaching is a passion and a craft; we will help you find your teacher identity to become the best practitioner you can be.

At key stage 3, local schools will have different resources and schemes of work. We aim to expose you to develop as many skills as possible and to support you teaching elements of Physics and Chemistry if your placement school teaches a combined programme. We will support you to close your gaps and develop your skills in all areas of Science teaching to ensure you are highly effective and highly employable. Our SKE provider will also allow you to develop your knowledge beyond the Biology curriculum.

We provide a PGCE for all trainees based upon 2 written modules, a viva and an e-portfolio of evidence. Trainees also gain 60 level 7 credits (at M level).

School placements

On this route, you will be placed in one of our partner schools but will also benefit from half a term’s experience in a contrasting school. From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and training days. You will be in school from the first day of the school year to the last so you will feel part of the team from the outset and we will equip you with skills in lesson planning and behaviour management, before your teaching commences.

You will be teaching pupils in both KS3 and KS4 during the year in one of our 15 partner schools. The Partnership is an accredited ITT provider currently working with the following schools: Abbs Cross Academy, Bower Park Academy, The Brittons Academy, Harris Rainham, The Coopers Company and Coborn School, Campion School, The Drapers’ Academy, Emerson Park Academy, The Frances Bardsley Academy, Hall Mead School, Hornchurch High School, Marshalls Park Academy, Redden Court School, Royal Liberty School, The Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School and Sanders School.

The long established nature of the Partnership ensures you will be placed in a school and a department where HTTP can be confident you will thrive.

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.

Approved equivalency tests;

Personal qualities

We are looking for the right blend of subject expertise and people skills to be able to impact upon the development of our young people. We will expect you to speak clearly and coherently, and be comfortable talking to adults and students in a range of situations. You must be ready to accept constructive criticism to get the most from the experienced practitioners we will place you with. Passion for your subject is crucial. We will embrace your passion, drive and energy to support you to grow your teacher identity and become an effective practitioner.

Other requirements

You will have spent some time in an all-ability state secondary school observing or possibly in paid employment. Alternatively you may have worked with teenagers in a voluntary capacity. We understand that early applicants may still be in the process of finding a school to visit or looking to gain experience if at all possible - we may be able to help with this if short-listed for interview depending on current government guidelines around Covid-19 and school visitors.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,100
International students £9,100

Your £9100 fees pay for:

  • weekly cohort training
  • small group subject specific training
  • individual mentoring
  • personalised manager support
  • training from keynote speakers
  • core course texts
  • personalised support
  • course Tutor
  • DBS
  • health check
  • PGCE and M level credits
  • access to online university library

If you are offered a place on our SCITT route and withdraw before September 2021, you will be expected to pay £100 to cover the cost of the DBS, health check and administration. This is a condition of our offer letter.

HTTP can also help potential trainees to apply for scholarships, where eligible.

Financial support from the training provider

HTTP will help you to apply for bursaries and student loans prior to starting the course. Please be aware that the first payment is at the start of October after the course has commenced so you will need to plan your finances accordingly. Bursaries are paid in equal instalments over 10 months, The last payment is July.

The latest information regarding bursaries for each subject is available on the government website:

About the training provider

The HTTP SCITT programme is school based route to QTS . Trainees benefit from working with highly experienced classroom practitioners in a supportive school environment. Havering is a successful outer London Borough and almost all local secondary schools are partners. As a result we are able to carefully match trainees to a suitable school department ensuring that aspiring teachers have the best possible start.

Our training sessions are provided by practising expert teachers from Partnership schools. They are thematically structured to equip trainees with excellent skills and knowledge to become confident practitioners. The programme has established an enviable reputation and is well regarded by head teachers: our long term employment figures are exceptionally strong.

Most central training sessions will be at Bower Park Academy in a suite of dedicated rooms but others will take place in a variety of appropriate settings to widen our trainees experience. Our programme is current and challenging; we are passionate about teaching and learning and we lead by example.

Training is held weekly and our cyclical programme ensures that trainees have time to apply new skills, knowledge and strategies learned to the classroom. Fortnightly subject specific training is delivered by our highly skilled team of Subject Leaders to develop subject pedagogy.

We are proud of our course and our network of schools and are delighted that our most recent OFSTED inspection validated this position. Our aim is to provide the highest quality entrants to the profession to make a difference to the lives of students.

Interview process

The Havering Teacher Training Partnership will coordinate the recruitment process and support you to make the right decision for your training. If shortlisted, you will be invited to be interviewed by our Management team to determine whether you will make a suitable teacher. At the initial interview you will be asked to complete a short presentation. If successful, you will be invited to the next phase where we decipher your aptitude for teaching; you will also be asked to complete a literacy and numeracy test. Finally, you will be asked to attend a second interview with a subject specialist to assess your subject knowledge and whether you might benefit from a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course should one be available in your subject.

Our interview process is rigorous, fair and thorough. As the SCITT route is challenging, we work hard to achieve the best match of applicants to the available places in schools, which is why our close relationships with our partnership schools enables us to personalise your support.

Whilst we ask a lot from potential trainees; we ask more from our partner schools to support your training. Each school will provide a subject mentor and a Professional tutor, as well as a link course tutor. We also boast past trainees in all of our partner schools who can offer informal support and understanding along your journey.

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

We welcome trainees with disabilities and other special needs. In recent years Havering schools have been modified in order to improve disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know in their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

HTTP has a partnership with “Havering Mind” who provide us with training, advice and support. Where Trainees have experienced problems they have been helped with personalised support tailored to their specific needs.

A senior member of HTTP staff works closely alongside each trainee and small tutorial groups ensure personal attention. Training sessions are held weekly which guarantees regular contact with other training teachers. Past trainees have remarked upon the valuable personal support received during those challenging periods inevitable whilst training as a secondary school teacher.

Our most recent Ofsted Report identified as a key strength: ‘The high level of individual support, and adaption of the programme in response to individual needs.’

Contact this training provider

01708 255006
Bower Park Academy
Havering Road

Support and advice

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