South East Learning Alliance
Biology (33SB)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
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

The School Direct package offered by the South East Learning Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting located across ten highly different, but successful schools. The Alliance comprises of four comprehensive secondary schools and six primary schools, all of whom are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well-trained teachers of the future. The South East Learning Alliance is very proud of the bespoke and personal training opportunities we offer our students, which we believe is paramount to successfully completing your teacher-training.

  • Applicants who opt to train through the Salaried School Direct route, will have a timetable of classes from the outset of their training year, which is complimented by the online tutorials and distance-learning modules e-Qualitas delivers
  • In addition to a subject-specific Mentor within your host-school; the partner University also offers a learning-Mentor to support you in the completion of the three written assignments you will undertake across the year, which focusses on the theoretical approaches to pedagogy and effective classroom practice
  • You will train across two diverse placement schools, ensuring you have the confidence to teach in any educational setting
  • In addition to the written assignments; trainees will also be assessed on their classroom practice; their ability to meet the National Teaching Standards; their interactions with students and ability to plan and deliver high quality lessons

Interview process

At interview applicants will be given the opportunity to visit one of our Alliance schools. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues; tour the facilities and to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities on offer as a result of choosing to train with the South East Learning Alliance. It also affords an opportunity for applicants to better understand the ethos and culture of the school you may be working in partnership with.

You will be expected to prepare for a formal interview panel; plan and deliver a 30-50 minute lesson; complete a subject-knowledge task and undertake a written communication task. The interview panel will consist of a subject-specialist from the host school; a representative from the South East Learning Alliance and often a University representative.

Whilst the interview process is both rigorous and robust - we have experienced great success with this practice; ensuring the right candidates progress onto the right courses - leading to excellent rates of retention.

How school placements work

With our School Direct programme, you get practical, hands-on experience in two contrasting placement schools. The majority of your training will take place in your host school, where you will be fully supported by a subject specific Mentor and become a fully established member of the staffing body. This is in addition to benefiting from the wealth of expertise and experience our partner Universities offer our students, which fully compliments the training received in school.

You will also benefit from training in an alternative placement school for at least 5 weeks; where the South East Learning Alliance takes great time and care placing the trainees; ensuring the alternative setting fully supports the individual needs of each student, whilst still offering a diverse experience. All of our trainees will have an opportunity to teach across the age range.

The hands-on practice gained by completing a School Direct programme is complimented with the theoretical and academic rigour of our affiliated Universities. We offer full-time School Direct courses, which run from September – July and each course results in QTS (e-Qualitas).


Salary negotiable.

The salary will be awarded using the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale; the details of which can be found here:

The final salary decision will be based upon experience, location of the host-school, qualifications and subject-specialism.

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.



  • Hold an undergraduate degree in Science conferred by a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification (2:2 degree classification or better)
  • Have achieved at least a grade C in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents).
  • Applicants are expected to have significant work experience in an educational setting, prior to submitting an application to qualify for the salaried route.

Personal qualities

  • A sense of humour
  • Genuine concern for others & a clear moral purpose
  • Resilient and determined
  • Integrity, trusted, honest and open
  • Approachable
  • Intellectual versatility
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Adaptable & a team-player
  • A willingness to participate in extra-curricular activities and evening events such as concerts, awards evening, extra-curricular clubs
  • A positive attitude

Other requirements

  • If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests in both Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact them directly via their website

About the training provider

Thank you for taking an interest in the South East Learning Alliance School Direct training programme. We have run this teacher development programme since September 2014 and it is proving to be an exciting experience for all involved. Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley, Surrey, which is an Outstanding Multi Academy Trust. We are an innovative partnership, which is continually developing its approaches to training and pedagogy. We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us.

The South East Learning Alliance is a relatively small Alliance, but we pride ourselves on ensuring personal and bespoke training opportunities for all our trainees, which is reflected in the excellent success and retention rates we have achieved over the last four years. Our size has added to our ability to provide a full and comprehensive range of support and ensures a variety of opportunities to work across a wide plethora of demographics and institutions. Ensuring our trainees receive the right support; in the most appropriate setting possible, is at the forefront of our ethos.

About the accredited body

e-Qualitas offers a salaried only route into teacher training, through the South East Learning Alliance, where your study is completed through the distance-learning resources on the eQ virtual learning environment (VLE). Training sessions are provided by experienced school staff, and you are invited to attend training days led by eQ at a central London location. You will also benefit from a subject-specialist visiting Tutor from e-Qualitas, who will support you through your training. You will follow a course that leads to QTS. The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on concurrently.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will make every effort to support any disabilities or additional needs candidates may have. However, as we work with over 10 different partner-schools and Universities; we strongly advise you to check directly with the individual school/Higher Education Institute to discuss your needs in greater depth.

Contact details

South East Learning Alliance
Riddlesdown Collegiate
Purley, South Croydon


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

  • Training provider code: 1J1
  • Training programme code: 33SB

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
Archbishop Tenisons C of E HIgh School
Selborne Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 5JQ
Yes 4
Main Site
Honister Heights, Purley, South Croydon, Surrey CR8 1EX
Yes -
The Quest Academy
Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 8HD
Yes A
Warlingham High School
Tithe Pit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9YB
Yes 2

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