North East Schools Teaching Alliance
Biology (2J3D)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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

See information about our organisation.

Contact Nicki Smith for further details / to arrange a visit.

Interview process

The interview will consist of:

  • a welcome;
  • a tour of the academy;
  • time spent supporting in a classroom
  • a formal interview with a panel of approx. 3.

Candidates will be required to pre plan and resource a lesson on a topic of their choice for a year group of their choice. This should outline what students will learn, what they will do, how you would challenge the higher and lower ability students and how you would check learning at the end. This plan will be discussed with the interview panel - it will NOT be taught to students.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview promptly.

How school placements work

Trainees will usually be placed in Nunthorpe Academy or Rye Hills Academy. Training will focus on KS3 and 4, although we are able to offer KS5 experience as well.

Trainees will have a main placement (Autumn Term); a short second placement (half a term) and a third placement (which will be back at their original school). The second placement will be a contrasting place at a local school.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Tuition fees £9,250.

Bursary available.

Student Finance may be available (T&Cs apply).

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.



GCSE English & Maths at Grade C / Level 4.

Honours degree - minimum 2:2.

Satisfactory DBS.

An 8 week Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may be required where the degree is not in this subject. An additional bursary may be available for this.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who have a PASSION for working with young people and their subject; a PERSONALITY to inspire and motivate & the POTENTIAL to be an outstanding classroom practitioner.

RESILIENCE & a POSITIVE approach to life and the challenges of teaching are also essential.

Classroom experience is very desirable.

Other requirements

Standards of literacy & numeracy will be checked as part of the course. Intervention will be provided if required.

Please note that applicants who select Physics or Chemistry or Biology are training to be teachers of Science which will cover all of these areas.

About the training provider

The North East Schools Teaching Alliance offers School Direct Primary and Secondary ITT places. The Secondary subjects include English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, MFL (German, French, Spanish), Art and Design and Design Technology. We aim to recruit up to 20 trainees - 10 Primary and 10 Secondary. We work in partnership with Northumbria University and the course leads to QTS and PGCE qualifications.

Trainees must have GCSEs at Grade C / Level 4 in English and Maths for Primary and Secondary teaching. Primary trainees also need Grade C / Level 4 in Science. Trainees also need an Honours degree preferably in the subject they wish to teach (if this is in the Secondary phase). If your degree is not in the subject you wish to teach you must have an A Level in that subject as a minimum qualification and complete an 8 week Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. 3rd class degrees are not acceptable.

We are a small provider who offer excellent support and guidance throughout the training year and beyond. We have an excellent record of trainees completing and passing the course and gaining NQT positions, often within the Alliance.

If you are interested in this course please contact Nicki Smith who will invite you into the Alliance base at Nunthorpe Academy for a chat about your next steps to becoming a qualified teacher.

About the accredited body

There are approx. 12 sessions during the training year which take place at Northumbria University's Coach Lane Campus. The University provide excellent training and support - they lead on the PGCSE element of the course which entails trainees completing 3 assignments. One is an essay, one a piece of action research written up as a Power Point presentation and one is a collection of evidence to show that the Teachers Standards have been met.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We would be delighted to consider applicants with disabilities and other needs. Please contact Nicki Smith if you wish to discuss this further.

Contact details

01642 310561 ext. 1048
Nunthorpe Academy
Guisborough 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: 1ZA
  • Training programme code: 2J3D

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
North East Schools Teaching Alliance
c/o Nunthorpe Academy, Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough TS7 0LA
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