Colchester Teacher Training (CTTC)
Biology (322H)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited provider
Colchester Teacher Training Consortium
Financial support

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

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct Programmes offer high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level validated by the University of Greenwich.

The course is 38 weeks long. It combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate that they are meeting the Teachers' Standards. There are in-built assessment structures which help Trainees to audit their knowledge and understanding as well as support to help remedy individual areas for development.

Trainees are required to complete two substantial school placements: Placement 1 in term 1 and Placement 2 in terms 2 and 3. There will be some scope for trainees to have two placements that are different in character and the experiences they will provide for the trainee. Additionally, CTTC has planned a post-16 placement and a Special School placement and these opportunities will be used to further mix the types of schools that a trainee experiences. Trainees will be expected to complete a Key Stage 2 primary placement before the start of the course.

Interview process

We invite short-listed applicants to participate in a selection process involving the following:

  • Teaching a lesson
  • Written task
  • Interview

We ask all candidates to teach a lesson or micro lesson to students. The topic for the lesson will depend on the point at which the class has reached in the scheme of work. Further details about the class, number of students and level of ability will also be provided.

You will be asked to complete a written task (handwritten). This task will allow you to demonstrate your ability to reflect accurately on your lesson’s strengths and areas for development. It is also meant to give you an opportunity to demonstrate that you can communicate in writing accurately and effectively.

The interview will last for approximately 40 minutes. The interview will provide us with an opportunity to ask you questions about a range of issues relating to your previous relevant experience, your skills, subject knowledge, teaching and learning and training to become a teacher.

How school placements work

We have a diverse range of schools including grammar schools within our consortium. Placement schools provide excellent support and have been rated by ex trainees as preparing you to teach across a range of phases as 100% good and outstanding. You will have the opportunity of placements and experience in a Sixth Form setting, Special Needs and English as Additional Language schools.

Please see our website for a list of our partner schools and further details.


A salary is available and is agreed with the employing school.

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.



An honours degree class 2:2 or above desirable. Applicants should have at least 50% of their degree in their chosen specialist subject.

GCSEs in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications, grade C or above is essential.

A NARIC certificate of comparability is required for qualifications obtained overseas.

Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy to be completed before the start of the course.

Personal qualities

It is important that teachers have a very good understanding of their specialist subject and relevant experience, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young people and enable them to communicate effectively, these include:

  • A commitment to the safeguarding of young people.
  • A willingness to be trained, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and stressful situations
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised and hardworking
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to continuing professional development
  • Sense of humour

Other requirements

We also recognise that applicants will have other relevant experience which they bring to teaching and the school environment. Other relevant experience falls into broadly 3 types:

  • Experience working with young people e.g. both paid and voluntary work
  • Experience using subject knowledge e.g. employment in your specialist field
  • Experience working with people e.g. managing people in the work place, voluntary work with adults

Offers of a training place are subject to pre-course screening checks and all applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure.

About the training provider

The Colchester Teacher Training Consortium is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted, Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Working in close partnership with schools across Colchester and beyond, our goal is to equip our trainees to become outstanding teachers; able to inspire the children and young people of Colchester to become resilient high achievers and lifelong learners.

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct Programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Masters level validated by the University of Greenwich.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bespoke support is provided for trainees with a variety of needs. Examples include:

  • Personal tutor for the PGCE
  • Resources to allow easier access on computer applications if required
  • Expert pastoral care
  • All school placements allow for trainees with access requirements

Trained mentoring programme

Contact details

Colchester Teacher Training
Colchester County High School
Norman Way


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: 2DB
  • Training programme code: 322H

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Name Address Code
Main Site Norman Way, Colchester CO3 3US -

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