Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools' Alliance
Biology (35KW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited provider
University of Exeter
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This course is a School Direct @Exeter programme. This means that you will attend the taught PGCE programme at the university as ‘infill’ trainees. You are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. You will be based in school in September, before the taught course and in periods of non-contact time during the autumn term. The majority of the rest of your time is spent at your home school, with a second placement of approximately six weeks at a contrasting school.

In addition to school based work, the course includes science education workshops,National Curriculum courses designed to help develop to GCSE level your subject knowledge of the areas of science outside your specialism and to show you ways to teach these topics to pupils. There are subject specialist courses to develop to A-level your specialist subject knowledge and to show you ways to teach these topics to pupils. There are also subject support groups in which students teach aspects of their own specialism to each other. You may also have the opportunity to learn through weekend field courses.

Five seminar days are held at the University during school placements.

Assessment is through school and University assignments. The course contains assignments at Masters level, carrying a total of 60 credits.Student are required to complete three 5,000 word (or equivalent) assignments related to the teaching and learning of science. The first focuses on the nature and purpose of science education and the development of understanding of a particular aspect of science education. This is completed during the first, university based, term. The second is completed whilst on the first school placement during the spring term. It involves carrying out an Action Research Project or a Case Study.

Interview process

Interviews will take place in the home school. You will be interviewed by the head of department, a member of the leadership team and a teacher with responsibility for initial teacher training. Before the interview day, but as part of the interview process, you will be expected to arrange a visit to the school. On the interview day itself you will be asked to observe a lesson and discuss what you notice and you will be asked to work with a small group of students for part of a lesson, supporting them through an activity prepared by their teacher.

How school placements work

Placement schools are self selecting. Within the JCTSA partnership schools identify the subjects in which they wish to train a teacher. This means that biology is only offered in those specific schools. If you are offered and accept a place in that school, it then is designated as your home school and the bulk of your teaching practice will take place there. Your second placement will be in a contrasting school. This will be within the alliance of schools but you may have to travel. All of our schools are rural and are located in West Dorset, Chard and Devon. For the most part, all our secondary schools are 11-18 schools. All of the placement schools are designated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. You will have a good ‘A’ level grade in biology and ideally in another science subject and a good degree (first or upper second class Honours) with at least 50% of the content related to biology. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered.

Read more at (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/science/biology/#OpKTi14f1B3FqrGW.99)

GCSE at grade C+/4+ in maths and English.

About the training provider

Woodroffe is the lead school in a large alliance of secondary and primary schools. We are an outstanding school, as are a number of our partner schools. Woodroffe is all a regional maths hub, providing specialist maths support to teachers across Dorset and parts of Devon. The Jurassic Coast teaching School Alliance has many years of experience in delivering teacher training programmes, working with The University of Exeter who have been judged by Ofsted as outstanding providers of initial teacher education.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our practice with regard to students with disabilities and other needs is in line with that of The University of Exeter.


Contact details

Jurassic Coast Teaching School
C/oThe woodroffe School
Uplyme Road
Lyme Regis


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: 172
  • Training programme code: 35KW

Choose a training location

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

Name Address Code
Holyrood Academy Zemard Lane, Chard TA20 1JL K
The King's School Cadhay Lane, Ottery Saint Mary EX11 1RA T

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