About the course
This programme is offered on a full-time or on a part-time basis. The course will equip trainees to teach Biology to students aged 11 to 16 but may give experience of Key Stage 5 (A level) teaching. Please note that due to National Curriculum requirements, all science trainees will be required to complete some teaching across all three sciences.
This is a school based training programme. Full-time trainees will spend 4 days a week in school completing 'on the job' training. One day a week (Wednesday) will be spent together will all Secondary trainees completing 'professional studies' where more in-depth learning can be made into teaching pedagogy. This will cover a variety of topics including behaviour management, lesson planning, assessment for learning etc.
Part-time trainees will spend 2 days a week in school in terms 1 and 2 with the third day (Wednesday) completing professional studies. In term 3 trainees will spend 3 days in school in addition to the Wednesday professional studies sessions. In term 4, trainees will spend 4 days in school (no professional studies). Part-time trainees will gain QTS at the end of term 4 (December).
Full-time trainees can opt for the QTS only programme or the PGCE programme which requires assignments to be written at Masters level. These assignments are more research-based whereas the QTS assessments are more reflective, basing your work on your own classroom practice.
Our PGCE is accredited by Kingston University but there is no need to visit Kingston, as you will have access to all the online resources and assessors will visit trainees to introduce assignments.
The PGCE programme is not available to part-time trainees although we can offer you some advice as to how to achieve a PGCE should you wish to do so.
George Abbot SCITT has 100% employment records for trainees following the end of the programme.
Please specify in your UCAS application whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time training placement.
We operate a one-day interview process comprising of:
- face to face interview
- teaching activity with a group of students
- written test designed to demonstrate your fundamental English and Maths skills
- written subject specific paper designed to test your knowledge of the syllabus
More information on what we are looking for from candidates can be found on our website
How school placements work
Successful full-time candidates will be placed in a main placement school for two and a half terms (part-time trainees will be in a main placement school for 3 and half terms). All trainees have a mentor within their department for support. The focus will be on teaching students from age 11 to 16.
When selecting a main placement school, we take into consideration the following:
- which of our partner schools would like a trainee in the subject (and where relevant, are able to support a part-time trainee)
- the ability of our partner schools to support a trainee based on the trainee's strengths and weaknesses
- distance between the trainee's home and the placement school
- any links that trainees may have with schools
The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the trainee and confirmed following a visit by the potential trainee to the suggested school.
A second, minor placement will take place in the first half of the Spring term in a contrasting school to the main placement school. Again, all trainees have a departmental mentor for assistance. For part-time trainees, the second placement will take place in the first half of the fourth term (September to October half term).
Trainees are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.
On Wednesdays all trainees will come together for Professional Studies sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools.
All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.
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The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The fee is £8300 for those following the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only programme.
The fee is £9250 for those following the PGCE programme whereby a PGCE qualification will be gained as well as Qualified Teacher Status.
The fees remain the same whether you are training to teach on a full-time or part-time basis.
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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.
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Financial support from the training provider
Exceptional candidates identified at interview may be offered a scholarship which includes a £1000 reduction in fees as well as entry onto a middle management leadership course.
More information including qualifying criteria regarding our scholarships can be found in our information pack.
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*An undergraduate degree with honours at 2:2 or above (or equivalent) related to your chosen subject
*Where the degree is not related to the chosen teaching subject, candidates must hold an A level in the subject and will be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme
*A standard equivalent to level 4/grade C in English Language and Mathematics GCSE (or equivalent)
These qualifications must have been awarded by the start of the training programme.
We are looking for the following personal qualities (this list is not exhaustive!):
- A commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
- Enthusiasm for teaching, learning and your subject;
- Relevant knowledge of UK education system, the National Curriculum and an awareness of current educational issues;
- Commitment to professional development;
- Organisational and communication skills;
- The ability to establish effective professional relationships with both pupils and adults;
- Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
- Fundamental numeracy and literacy skills
- Tenacity and resilience;
- Readiness for hard work.
All offers made will be subject to:
- the candidate demonstrating the ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English (fundamental English skills)
- the candidate demonstrating fundamental Maths & numeracy skills
- receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- two satisfactory references to include the candidate's current or most recent employer (if applicable)
For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original NARIC documentation.
About the training provider
George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established provider delivering school-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in a wide-range of schools across Surrey.
We offer Primary and Secondary teacher training on a full-time basis, all with a core focus on training all teachers to teach all children, and this includes offering trainees the option to specialise in Special Educational Needs (SEN).
With 18 years’ experience leading ITT, we offer practical training in a variety of schools, with experienced practitioners to mentor you through the course. We have unrivalled experience in Surrey having trained over 500 teachers, and our provision across the partnership is rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, as well as by our past trainees.
We are small enough to really get to know our trainees and to be able to tailor our training to meet the needs of everyone on our programme. We are also proud to say that we have a 100% employment record at the end of our training programmes.
George Abbot SCITT has always led the way in teacher training and we work very closely with the DfE. In 2012, we were the first ITT provider in the UK to pilot the School Direct ITT programme. In 2013, alongside an educational charity, we created an entirely new route into teaching for candidates with PhDs, called Researchers in Schools. We were also selected to pilot a part-time school-based training route for shortage subjects in September 2016 which will continue in September 2020.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
George Abbot SCITT has trained teachers with a variety of individual needs. We are able to adjust our programme accordingly.
Should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to disclose any needs you may have so that we can support you appropriately.
If you would like to discuss how we could support you during training with your needs, please do get in touch on 01483 888048.
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