St Mary's Catholic High School, A Catholic Voluntary Academy
Biology (2P7J)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam 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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

• Prepare for a rewarding teaching career.

• Boost your career on a course with an impressively high employment rate.

• Undertake 120 days of placement in Key Stage 3 and 4 settings, ensuring a rounded skillset.

You will also be given the opportunity to experience and engage in Key Stage 5 teaching.

• Gain a base for further studies; you obtain 60 credits towards a masters.

• There are some government bursaries and initiatives available that help make full-time teaching attainable.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a interview, and you should bring a passport or photo driving licence with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

The interview is a process which assesses if you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to an interview doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the School Direct programme.

We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It's very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.

How school placements work

School-based training is an integral part of the course, and you will work with pupils in key stages 3 and 4. You will also be given the opportunity to experience and engage in Key Stage 5 teaching. We offer the course in partnership with local and regional secondary schools, which play a key role in the teaching and assessment of your professional competence against the teachers' standards. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year. You will be assigned a school-based mentor for your placement and you will have the support of your School Direct coordinator.


The course fees for 2019/2020 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 - 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.



Applicants should have an undergraduate degree class 2:2 or above in a relevant subject. If less than 50% of your degree is in your specialist subject you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of entry to the programme.

If you have a 3rd class undergraduate degree and a strong (grade A or B) A level in your specialist subject we may consider your application but you should be aware that you will not be eligible for a bursary.

If you have non-standard qualifications you are welcome to contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to teaching
  • Insight into the realities of teaching
  • Resilience
  • An analytical approach to problem solving
  • Enthusiasm for your subject
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

Other requirements

As this course leads to a professional qualification, student teachers will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure and Work Health Assessment. All Student teachers will also be required to complete Safeguarding training. Full information about how to undergo these checks will be provided once you accept your place on the course.

About the training provider

St Mary's is a high performing Catholic secondary school in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. St Mary's is rated Ofsted outstanding, achieving consistently high results and outcomes thanks to a highly skilled, consistent and committed staff.

We thrive on hard work and the mutual respect between staff, students and families. Our long tradition of high standards of performance and behaviour gives us an excellent reputation amongst the local community and the wider educational community. We are proud to offer School Direct teacher training programmes of the highest standard in partnership with The Sheffield SCITT.

We have been offering School Direct programmes since they began and have consistently developed students into good or outstanding practitioners at the end of their course.

About the accredited body

We offer a full range of secondary training programmes with Sheffield Hallam University. We also offer Primary programmes. Our relationship is long standing; we are a true partnership and together offer programmes which have been consistently successful, all students having successfully completed the courses. We have succeeded in securing employment for many of our trainees within our own cluster of schools and beyond.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We endeavour to accommodate the needs of all our students.

Together with the universities we would always offer the support necessary to address specific requirements. The schools where students are placed vary in nature and we would take all considerations into account when selecting placement schools.

Contact details

01246 201191 ext 2021
St Mary's Catholic High School
Newbold Road, Upper Newbold
Derbyshire (Near Sheffield)
S41 8AG


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