United Teaching National SCITT
Biology (23CR)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
August 2019

About the course

With United Teaching, you have the option to pursue a PGCE or QTS only route. Every trainee works to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but you can also work towards a PGCE with 60 Master's level credits.

  • The PGCE is assessed by Goldsmiths via two extended essays.
  • As the first national School Centered Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT), we are able to award you with QTS directly, reflecting the proven quality of our programme.

Before undertaking the course, you will be required to attend our 2 week summer institute which will prepare you to hit the ground running in September. This is delivered in our two lead schools in the north and south, Stockport Academy and Paddington Academy.

All our trainees are guaranteed a minimum of 120 days in their main placement school.

  • In addition, you will spend 4 weeks in a second school placement. - Traineees are guaraneed experience of transition across the key stage in which they are training and this is built into our training programme. - Training takes place weekly and is delivered in our lead schools and regional training centres.
  • Training will ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of all the different aspects of your developing teaching practice, whilst also incorporating subject specific development.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the first stage of our assessment process, which will at one of our regional assessment centres.

  • Upon completion of the first assessment day, you will be advised whether you were successful, and invited to a second day.
  • Stage two assessments are usually held in the week following stage one and are held in a school that you’ve expressed an interest to teach in.

You'll be notified within 48 hours of your assessment day whether you've been successful or not, subject to references. Your offer will be conditional on you:

  • Gaining the degree qualification
  • Having GCSE Maths and English (and Science for primary education)
  • Having passed your skills tests
  • Having clear identity and DBS checks

In England, you are required to submit an application via UCAS to formally accept your teacher training place. However, as we do not require this to consider your application - and you can apply to us via the eligibility form on our website - you can complete it at the very beginning of the process or once we have made you an offer to provide your references.

How school placements work

When you apply to us, you have the option to express a preference in where you would like to be placed if successful. As a national SCITT, we place trainees in a large number of schools across England.

During the assessment process, we will ask you about your flexibility in choice of location.

We endeavour to place you in your first choice of school. If this is not possible we will seek alternatives that work for you.

We always seek to ensure minimum travel times for trainees between home and school.

Once you have secured an offer for your main placement school, you are guaranteed a minimum of 120 days school based experience there. In addition, you will also partake in a 4 week second school placement.

We offer primary (5-11) and secondary training courses (11-16).


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Tuition Fees for the PGCE are £9000.

Tuition Fees for QTS route only are £6000.

You may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance to fund tuition fees and other living costs. This would be subject to your personal circumstances.

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 set of GCSE results, including English Language GCSE C+ and Mathematics GCSE C+ (Science is also required for Primary trainees – any science subject)
  • Good set of A level results including A or B grade in subject to be taught. BBC or BCC is lowest combination considered (each application is considered on individual merit and exceptions can be made to this if a candidate is exceptional in other areas)
  • 2:1 and above (however all applications are dealt with individually and on merit)

Personal qualities

  • The potential to become an outstanding teacher
  • A good knowledge of their subject and the ability to use and apply their academic skills
  • An ability to relate to and engage with young people effectively
  • Demonstrates understanding of the school environment and the expectations of the teaching profession
  • An ability to communicate effectively with both adults and children
  • An ability to work as a team member
  • A high level of numeracy and literacy
  • You will need two supportive references

Other requirements

  • Statement to show a positive child centred ethos and/or some experience of working with young people (desirable but not esssential)
  • Having clear identity and DBS checks
  • Having passed your Skills Tests

About the training provider

United Teaching is the Initial Teacher Training arm of United Learning, an ambitious and growing group of junior and secondary, state and independent schools across England. We are a national SCITT which offers real teaching exposure in a choice of schools, a mentor system, a support network, professional qualifications, as well as continuous professional development throughout your career with the group. The course is designed to bring out the best in your teaching skills quickly, professionally and comprehensively; a scheme aimed at creating the teachers of tomorrow and the education leaders of the future.

Our focus as a group is simple and unswerving – to provide an excellent education to all our pupils. We believe there should be no barriers to learning. We create the foundations for successful lives. Our schools share our sense of dedication, passion and integrity. And they share our commitment to high quality teaching.

The answer is our guiding philosophy: "The best in everyone". It enables us to set the standard for excellence in education that we expect in United Learning schools. Just as importantly, it brings out the best in you as a trainee and as a teacher.

On our Initial Teacher Training scheme, you could be teaching from day one. And, by accessing our collective expertise and support, you’ll have the resources you need to develop. So, expect to be a valued member of your teaching team, empowered to lead your own classes from the start, but with all the support you'll need.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At United Teaching, we aim to be an inclusive provider, promoting diversity and opportunities for all. We strive to support all our trainee teachers as best as we can and work with our partner PGCE provider and our partner schools to ensure that all trainees make excellent progress.

Contact details

0207 479 3953
Paddington Academy
50 Marylands Road
Greater London
W9 2DR


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: 1A9
  • Training programme code: 23CR

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
United Teaching Surrey Guildford, Guildford, Surrey K
United Teaching Northampton Kettering, Northampton NN39UK F
United Teaching Cumbria Cumbria, Cumbria U
United Teaching Greater Manchester Greater Manchester Various 1
United Teaching East Yorkshire East Yorkshire - Various, Hull 3
Paddington Academy Paddington Academy, 50 Maryland Road, London W92DR -
United Teaching Essex Dagenham, Essex 8
United Teaching East Sussex Eastbourne, East Sussex V
United Teaching Oxfordshire Banbury, Banbury 0
United Teaching Kent Ashford, Wye, Orpington 4
United Teaching London London - Various, London A
United Teaching South Yorkshire Sheffield, Barnsley 5
United Teaching North Yorkshire North Yorkshire 7
United Teaching West Sussex Shoreham, Bognor Regis, Midhurst S
United Teaching Lincolnshire Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincolnshire B
United Teaching Wiltshire Swindon, Swindon, Wiltshire J
United Teaching West Yorkshire Leeds, Leeds G
United Teaching Lancashire Accrington W
United Teaching Northamptonshire Kettering, Northamptonshire Z
United Teaching Dorset Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset D
United Teaching Hampshire N
United Teaching West Midlands West Midlands 6

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