Medway Teaching School Alliance
Biology (254C)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

MTSA works closely with CCCU to deliver training that combines strong theoretical knowledge and understanding of learning, teaching, pedagogy and child development with substantial experience of the school environment and practice of teaching in the classroom.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional and subject knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for engaging children and young people in creative, purposeful and challenging learning.

During your course you will undertake placements in two contrasting schools within the Alliance. Through these placements you will gain experience in working within differing settings and with children of differing abilities,needs and socio-economic backgrounds. This will ensure you have a broad experience and understanding of education within the geographical location of Medway. You will also have access to Post 16 learners during at least one of your two placements. As a result of the outstanding Special Schools within our Alliance, we are able to offer every trainee at least a short placement in a special school environment.

You will also have full access to CCCU's facilities and support. You will be assigned a mentor within each placement who will support your development and be involved in target setting and grading as well as being a point of contact for you.

As a Teaching School Alliance we develop and deliver an exciting programme of CPD, including conferences, research projects and seminars, guest speakers, collaborative workshops, all of which trainees are able to access.

From the outset you will be treated as a member of staff within your placement school and be offered the opportunities afforded to the teaching staff, such as staff meetings and INSET opportunities.

Interview process

The MTSA co-ordinate the recruitment/interview process on behalf of all the schools within the Alliance. Interviews are conducted with representatives from our partner schools.

The interview process will involve attendance at a half day selection event during which you will take part in a variety of activities, including a literacy and numeracy test, interviews on key focus areas, leading a student activity, a subject knowledge interview (for secondary candidates) and other activities.

It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available and to assess the key skills, knowledge and attributes needed to be a successful teacher. During the interview process there will be an opportunity to talk to students and staff from a range of MTSA schools.

How school placements work

Trainee Teachers will be based in a placement school for the whole of the academic year, with opportunity to complete a contrasting placement in the Spring for 4-6 weeks. You will also be given opportunity to experience excellent teaching and learning across the full range of Key Stages and in range of types of school.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £5,960
EU students £5,960
International students £5,960

Based on 2018/19 figures the course fees for completing a QTS accreditation with us are £5960. For an unsalaried post this will need to be self funded, whereas a salaried position will see this cost paid by the host school. Some subjects do attract bursaries and scholarships. In all cases an additional £3290 can be paid by the candidate in order to register for accreditation in a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

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 - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider




To join a School Direct programme you must be a graduate, preferably with a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1). We are willing to consider applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a true aptitude for teaching and have previous experience to draw upon.

Secondary candidates in adddition to their degree should have the minimum requirement of GCSE 4/C grade or above in English and Maths. Primary candidates should have the minimum requirement of GCSE 4/C grade or above in English, Maths and Science.

Personal qualities

The MTSA works for the shared ambition that every child in Medway enjoys an outstanding education. We are committed to the four key values of integrity, celebration, opportunity and a shared drive and ambition.

Other requirements

The university will complete a DBS check before commencement of the programme.

It will enhance your application if you have experienced some time within an education sector.

About the training provider

The MTSA are looking for ambitious and inspiration trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about learning. We will offer a challenging, creative and rigorous training programme led by a team of experienced teachers and school leaders.

For 2018/19 we achieved 97% completed the programme, with 68% achieving Grade 1 (Outstanding Teacher) and 23% Grade 2. 72% of these trainee teachers remained in Medway Schools for their NQT year, of which 50% remained at their training schools. 10% gained NQT places in Kent Schools and 3% in East Sussex Schools.

MTSA is a forward thinking group of 100+ schools who are committed to developing excellent teachers. We are experienced providers of initial teacher training, having been at the forefront of School Direct since its inception, as well as hosting extensive PGCE placements. The schools within the Alliance span the early years, primary, secondary, post-16 and special needs sectors. This wide diversity enables MTSA to offer a rich experience for all trainees who share in the expertise of experienced teachers working in a range of settings and contexts. Our staff are inspirational, knowledgeable and have a proven track record in developing, challenging and supporting trainee teachers. Together we are excited by the creativity and enjoyment of teaching and the impact that quality teaching has on the progress and achievement of young people.

The MTSA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

About the accredited body

MTSA works closely with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), who ensure the training offered in schools is supported by a strong theoretical underpinning and rigorous quality assurance.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As our core values are built around our conviction that every one deserves to be given access to outstanding professional development to enable them to model and lead quality teaching, we work alongside candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Contact details

01634 844008
Medway Teaching School Alliance, c/o SJWMS
Maidstone Road


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: 1FN
  • Training programme code: 254C

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
Brompton Academy
Marlborough Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5HT
Yes M
Chatham Grammar School for Girls
Rainham Road, Chatham, Kent ME5 7EH
Yes 4
Rainham Mark Grammar School
Pump Lane, Rainham, Kent ME8 7AJ
Yes E
Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School
Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3EL
Yes I
The Hundred of Hoo Academy
Main Road, Hoo, Rochester, Kent ME3 9HH
Yes B

Support and advice

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