Harris Initial Teacher Education
Biology (2KGW)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Accredited body
Harris ITE
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

Assessment and Accreditation

The Harris School Direct programme leads to the award of QTS through Harris Initial Teacher Education (an accredited SCITT provider), with PGCE and Masters Level Credits awarded in partnership with a London university.

You will be assessed through a professional portfolio, in which you build evidence of how the standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of your teaching, and written assignments demonstrating a clear understanding of the profession, phase and subject area.

Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme, as your confidence and ability develops.

You will also be supported in undertaking two research assignments based on teaching and learning, facilitated by our partner university, to help you to develop a reflective, analytical approach to teaching and build critical research skills. These are equal to 60 Masters Level credits and will form part of your final QTS and PGCE award.

*Course arrangements and content may be subject to change in line with training partnerships with NCTL and DfE requirements.


The course fee will be £9250 which will include QTS, PGCE and 60 Masters credits.

Interview process

In order to be considered for interview, you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a written task relating to your chosen subject area or age phase and attend a formal selection day, as well as teach an introductory lesson.

Please be prepared to bring any ID documents or qualification certificates we may request from you.

How school placements work

You will learn on the job with a one-year main placement at one of our brilliant and thriving academies and will benefit from a contrasting experience on second placement. In addition to these placements, you will attend weekly practical training sessions at our central Bermondsey training centre which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and great practice away from the classroom, as well as presenting opportunities for you to interact and network with other trainees from across the Federation.


The course fees for 2020/2021 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 - 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.




Applicants must have English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above, or equivalent to train in secondary teaching.


Applicants should have a good honours degree (2.2 or above) and an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject.


Applicants must achieve a pass in the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests before training begins. For further information please click http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests/>here.

Personal qualities

We're looking for people who want to become outstanding teachers; people for whom teaching is a passion and who will be relentless in securing academic and aspirational progress for every child. You will need the ability to develop effective relationships with relevant stakeholders: children, parents and carers, colleagues and peers, as well as external agencies.

Further essential qualities are outstanding organisation and communication skills, a proactive approach, good interpersonal skills and a commitment to securing the best education for all children. You should also have determination and energy, high standards of literacy, numeracy and personal presentation and excellent subject knowledge.

About the training provider

We offer year-long primary and secondary teacher training programmes to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession through our Harris School Direct programme, offering a strong support network and exciting environment in which to train. We have combined the best elements from a range of training routes to ensure that our beginner teachers leave the course feeling supported, confident and well-prepared.

All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and 60 Masters Level credits, giving you access to first class training, invaluable school and classroom practice and learning on the job at a placement in one of our 44+ academies.

Benefit from bespoke weekly training days in Bermondsey with your fellow trainees; tailored subject-specific training days; personalised mentor and team support and a second placement in a contrasting school environment, as well as earning a salary on the job or training bursary, subject to eligibility, as you train.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our training programme is open to everyone who meets the academic criteria. If you have a disability, we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme, if you are offered a place.

All candidates that have accepted a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, Harris ITE provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer Employee assistance programme (EAP) services to all Harris employees.

To support those with a physical disability, whenever we build new schools within our Federation, we ensure they have full wheelchair access. However, when an existing school joins the network, we have to work with the existing buildings and these can sometimes have limited accessibility. Our placement academies and core training facilities make full use of a range of technologies and specialist equipment.

Contact details

Harris Initial Teacher Education
55 Southwark Park Road
SE16 3TZ


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: 1TZ
  • Training programme code: 2KGW

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
Harris Initial Teacher Education
55 Southwark Park Road, London SE16 3TZ
Yes P

Support and advice

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