Bishop's Stortford Education Trust (BSET) SCITT
Biology (383Q)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Bishop's Stortford SCITT
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This course is offered as salaried route into teaching.

You will observe and teach across key stages 3 and 4, including experience of pupils in years 7 and 11.

Salaried trainees will teach a partial timetable from the beginning of the course, approx. 10 lessons per week.

Trainees will work in their placement school Monday- Wednesday and Fridays. Thursdays are training days where trainees will join the other SCITT trainees at Leventhorpe and occasionally one of our Partner Schools.

During the training year trainees will complete two assignments. The first focuses on the skills of medium term planning. It requires trainees to focus on the needs of their pupils and the way sequences of lessons need to be planned and evaluated for pupils to make the best possible progress. The second assignment focuses on the skills of action research and requires trainees to think about the needs of different groups of pupils within the classroom and how they might respond in different ways to learning activities.

Assessment of trainees against the QTS standards will be overseen by the Training Manager, who will be supported by quality assurance through the External Moderator.

Judgement and moderation will take place in late June of the training year. The External Moderator will attend Leventhorpe and visit some Trainees in their placement schools to observe the teaching of the standardisation sample of trainees.

Trainees must meet the Teacher Standards at a minimum expectation and they will be graded a minimum, good or high standard. Grading will be made on a best fit basis for each of the 8 standards. There will be a number of sources of evidence used to assess Trainees against the Teacher Standards. These will be: Trainee Evidence Folder, lesson observation records, the academic assignments and school placement assessments (completed each term by the Teacher Mentor and Professional Tutor), as well as the Subject Mentor and Professional Studies Assessments.

We are a relatively new SCITT, in our 4th year. Our two small cohorts of trainees over the past two years have all passed at Good (29%) or Outstanding (71%) level and have all secured teaching posts, many choosing to do so in one of our Partnership schools.

Interview process

We have a rigorous recruitment and selection process. Candidates will be interviewed by the SCITT Training Manager and a Headteacher for Primary, and Subject Lead for secondary.

As part of our interview process, candidates will be required to:

  • Deliver a 30 minute lesson on an engaging aspect of their subject
  • Meet with a panel of students
  • Attend a panel Interview
  • Complete a written task

Candidates who are choosing to undertake Teacher Training in a subject different to their degree course, may be asked to complete a subject knowledge test.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their interview on the same day.

How school placements work

Salaried trainees spend the majority of their time at their employing school, with only 6 weeks being spent in the Spring term at their second minor placement school.

Both Primary and Secondary trainees must gain experience in two consecutive age ranges . Primary trainees on the 5-11 programme should have experience (teaching and observing) of years 1 to 6 (Key stages 1 and 2). For Secondary trainees this depends on the age range applicable to the subject in which they are training to teach. For those subjects in the secondary age range 11-16, trainees will teach across Key Stages 3 and 4, Year 7-11. For those subjects in the secondary age range 14-19, trainees will teach across Key stages 4 and 5, Years 10-13). In addition, trainees may be given the opportunity to teach outside of the age ranges for which they are being trained.


Salaried trainees are paid on the unqualified teachers' pay scale which starts from £18,339 (Once qualified the minimum starting salary for a qualified teacher is £24,859.)

Training fees are paid by the employing school.

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.



  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • GCSE mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • A UK first degree (or equivalent). Usually at least 50% should be in the subject you wish to teach.

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, please visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs & degrees.

Other requirements

At BSET safeguarding of children is our first concern and so in addition to DBS checks we reserve the right to make additional checks of former employers.

We do not make school experience a condition for application but it is a good idea to have recent experience of a school setting so please contact us if we can help you arrange this.

Experience of working in a school or with young people is an advantage but not essential for applications to the fee paying route.

About the training provider

We are a partnership of schools in the Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Harlow area who collaborate to provide teacher training for graduates who would like to teach in either the primary or secondary schools.

Our aim is to spot and nurture the outstanding teachers of the future, giving them the best possible training and support in their early career. Our training is led exclusively by serving practitioners in our family of schools and training takes place entirely in school settings.

We offer training in the a wide range of secondary school subjects and primary age groups leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our training pathways are tailor made, with salaried and fee-paying options to gain QTS and the possibility of gaining experience in a second subject area to improve employability.

You can depend on the best support in BSET schools. Training is hard work and you will need the support of an excellent mentor. All of our mentors are excellent practitioners and they are very experienced as we are used to working with over fifty teacher trainees every year.

You will also get to work with fantastic, positive young people - our area is culturally diverse and educational aspirations are high amongst young people and their parents.

We welcome visits during the school day, so why not contact us and see these fantastic young people as they learn.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

Our SCITT welcomes all with out prejudice and such caters for a wide range of trainee disability. The SCITT recognises it has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to prevent a disabled person from being placed at a substantial disadvantage by any physical feature of the premises, or by any provision, criterion or practice of the school. Provision is made through occupational health referral for trainees who need additional support,

Contact details

01279 603 104
Leventhorpe School
Cambridge Road
CM21 9BY


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 13E
  • Training programme code: 383Q

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Leventhorpe School, Cambridge Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9BY
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